I promised an update after the fabric-and-pattern-shopping expedition on Thursday. Yes, we did buy some Vogue patterns, which were on super-sale. We did not buy any fabric -- too much polyester and too many chintzy prints in that store. We'll go up to St. Hubert and the fabric district sometime later on. But at the checkout counter, I noticed this copy of Burda Style Magazine, which was new to me, though I've used Burda patterns before. It's a monthly magazine, featuring Burda patterns (German, I think) but in French, and bound into the middle of the magazine was a sheaf of folded sheets of paper, on which are printed all the patterns for all the fashions in the magazine! All for $10! So we had to get one.
But, of course, there's a catch, or two or three.
1: The patterns, as you can see, are just a tiny bit confusing -- as in, almost incomprehensible. until you figure out the road map, by following teeny tiny directions in the magazine itself.
2: Once you've figured out which lines correspond to the pattern you want to make (red, for instance, on sheet A, pieces 21-24 and 26) you have to trace them onto tracing paper or tissue - because to cut them out would wreck all the other patterns on the front and back of that sheet.
3: The patterns don't include seam allowances, you have to add them.
4: The instructions are printed in about 6-point type and are, to say the least, terse.
5: They're also only in French. I just looked up "ourlet" - it means "hem." One down, about a hundred couture-specific terms to go...
If you think this sounds daunting, you're not alone. But I'm game. After all, I've used French knitting instructions before...and Vogue patterns were always bilingual...and there's a glossary of terms in the magazine. How badly could I screw it up? (I know the answer to that one!) Anyway, stay tuned!