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Hello all,

I thought it would be a great idea to get a pattern swap going. I know that we all have patterns that we don’t use anymore, why not pass them on for others to use. What are your thoughts?


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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.15 AMby sew4my3

    Sounds neat. How would you go about getting this started? Are you wanting for others to post their unwanted patterns and members contact each other. Maybe start it on ning? Let me know when you get it going. Happy sewing!

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    May 10, 2010, 04.45 PMby kgallagher3

    I would love to do a pattern swap to clear out some of my old patterns

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    May 11, 2010, 07.37 AMby aibby

    I think its a great idea. Maybe members could post patterns on their wall for swapping? I also have loads I dont use anymore.

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    May 11, 2010, 08.05 AMby victors

    Great idea, I’d join in.

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    May 11, 2010, 12.14 PMby almalou

    A pattern swap sounds great! Speaking of swapping – I am looking for people interested in joining in an international craft swap! I need 6 people willing to take part, it sounds like fun and you get pretty crafty things from around the world. If anyone is interested, drop me a line :-)

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    May 11, 2010, 01.17 PMby ana555

    i want to swap! i signed up for picassa picture sharing site. when i get all my patterns together i’ll leave a link to the pictures in this disscusion for everyone to check out. can wait!

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    May 12, 2010, 06.56 PMby ana555

    here are some patterns i have tons more to picture, all different types!

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      Jun 4, 2010, 08.55 PMby victors

      What a collection!

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      Jun 16, 2010, 11.22 PMby sewingqueen-1

      How funny – we have many of the same! Since I do costumes for musical theatre, I find that everytime I try to get rid of some pattern, I’m asked to design a show set in that time period – I think I’m doomed to forever keep them.

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      Jun 17, 2010, 07.59 PMby nehmah

      Oh my Aunt Fannie! What a bunch. Nehmah

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      Aug 7, 2010, 05.12 AMby berginsjewelry

      I would love to have your Simplicity 6578 pattern. Would you be interested in swapping or selling it to me?

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      Aug 10, 2010, 10.52 PMby berginsjewelry

      Here is a link to the patterns I have to swap.


      The one I would like is the Simplicity 6576

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    May 12, 2010, 08.23 PMby badkitty-1

    I was thinking about this last night. I will have a sort through and keep you posted. xx

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    May 12, 2010, 10.16 PMby chanelleaj

    Sounds like a great idea. How about we say what we want ie I want a dress and skirt any one want to swap for a ……see pattern here. Then we could just reply to the relevant post??

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    May 15, 2010, 06.27 PMby hargismom

    I am working on a format for this. I should have something by the end of the weekend.

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    Jun 4, 2010, 06.48 PMby ana555

    have you thought of the format yet? i can’t wait to see what’s up for swapping.

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.54 PMby krisnam

    I have a bunch of vintage sewing patterns-many uncut, most not in my size (generally bust sizes 32,34, 36) that I would love to swap for vintage/new patterns in my size (Bust 40-48). I know that is a wide range but a lot of really nice patterns don’t come in plus-sizes. I am really about a 44.

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      Jun 17, 2010, 07.56 PMby ana555

      what type of clothes were you looking for? like sport wear, tops, pants? do you have some pictures of the patterns you want to swap? i have a sweat suit pattern used, the margo pants from this site, i will have to check my patterns. i have a post of some of my patterns in this discussion. they aren’t plus but if you see something you might want to use for gifts or whatever let me know.

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    Jun 16, 2010, 11.46 PMby hargismom

    Alright guys, I feel that Anna555 has a great idea here. To swap patterns please post your link to patterns on the iscussion board and fellow members can peruse the patterns and message you if they are interested in swapping. I would follow these restrictions: No more than 2 patterns at a time per member. The patterns be returned in the same shape they left. It is assumed that you will be tracing the pattern and sending it back. Just my thoughts.

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    Jun 17, 2010, 05.58 PMby rifka

    I know not all are able to participate in a local Burdastyle Club, but it’s a great venue to get a pattern swap going. Maybe check in at your local sewing center/ fabric store. They may be willing to host something like this if your willing to do the groundwork. The logistics of shipping patterns back and forth seems a bit much for me.

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      Jun 17, 2010, 07.52 PMby ana555

      i ship patterns through my post office. generally it costs $1.20 to $2.10 first class mail in the us. international is a little more but the great thing the post office has is the flat rate envelope. it is $4.95 for whatever you can fit in it. i think it costs a little more to send internationally, but it’s worth it. i have to drive everywhere i need to go so mail is really conveniant for me.

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    Jun 18, 2010, 12.35 PMby ana555

    i had the good luck to be the 1st emailer to a freecycle post for most of those patterns. allot of them are unused. i see that some of the styles people still wear, but the hammer pants not so much. i’m definetly not the sizes they are but i can grade a pattern really easily. those are not all of my patterns either. i have a big stash now. the 1 from the 1920’s i won with 3 others from the same year on ebay. i’m totaly ready to trade!!!!! i can’t wait to see what else is going to be traded!!!

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    Jul 30, 2010, 06.38 PMby patternjunkie

    I have patterns for swap posted at Flickr — I’d love to trade some! (By the way, there’s a vintage pattern trading group there, but it seems pretty inactive.) I generally look for B32.5 – B34 in pre-80s stuff, but always love amusing or interesting illustrations for my blog, which is devoted to patterns!

    Here’s the link to my patterns on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gremlygirl/sets/72157624053931742/

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    Aug 3, 2010, 09.22 PMby spookess

    This sounds like a great idea to me…… if only i had some patterns to swap!! I am BRAND new to sewing and the only pattern i have so far was free in Sew magazine!! Ana555, feel free to donate some of your unwanted patterns to me! lol As for the hammer pants, i recently saw in a magazine that they have resurrected them but are calling them Hareem Pants now….. noooooooo!!! ;O)

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    Nov 28, 2010, 01.37 PMby nialew

    count me in

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    Dec 14, 2010, 01.09 PMby SexyKolora

    Wow Ann555, you have a whole pattern Store. He he he thats cool. I remember a time before that In my town in Puerto Rico always you can go to the fabrics stores around and you can get patterns in discount for just .25 cents. Incredible! I always used to go with my mother and aunts. And by doing that I acumulate boxes of patterns that I wish I can have it now. There was in different styles, and some very old but nice from Vogue, Simplicity and MC;Calls. Lots of them I never use it, because I was use more the ones that became my favorites. I wish that I can have something like that here. Well I will continue looking for all patterns you have guys,because I want to swap too, but a few years ago when I was so busy for sew my own clothes, I gave away all my patterns, so now Im back in the sewing world and now Im starting to buy patterns again. This is really fun. See you soon guys!

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    May 21, 2011, 09.37 PMby mskelly

    Is this still going are you guys still swapping??

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    May 25, 2011, 08.46 AMby CoraBelle23

    Have you guys thought of doing a pattern swap with local BSC groups? It’s a fun get together. A little cheese, a little wine (for those of age) and a whole lot of “Why on earth did I buy that?”. Good fun and laughs for the whole group.

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    Sep 18, 2012, 11.37 PMby buddingnaturalist

    I’ve got a heap of vintage and contemporary sewing patterns, sewing magazines and books up for swap here. Let me know if you have any back issues of Patrones, Knipmode or La Mia Boutique or old Burdas/ vintage Vogue designer patterns to swap. I really want to get this stuff out of the house so do let me know.

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    Feb 25, 2013, 10.36 AMby jaydentyler25

    How funny – we have many of the same! Since I do costumes for musical theatre, I find that everytime I try to get rid of some pattern, I’m asked to design a show set in that time period – I think I’m doomed to forever keep them.

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