Sorry, I don’t want to be mean.
But when Burda, the Germany-based purveyor of popular European sewing patterns, launched a magazine in the US last year, I was thrilled—until I found out that all the patterns in each issue aren’t included in the attached pattern sheet, like they are in the British version. Some of the patterns are included, but the rest of them you must purchase from their web site and download and print them on your own dime! Yep!
And wouldn’t you know, many of the patterns I love in the magazine, are the very ones that aren’t included…oooh, that burns me up!
Now, take this one, from the recent Winter issue. Newsstand price for the one issue: $14.99.
Not sure why, but I really like the fluffy white scarf. AND I just happened to have a remnant of that fake fur in my stash, at almost precisely the required yardage. [Remnant= 1/2 price at the fabric shop] What are the odds? Except, the pattern for it is not included in the issue. I’d have to pay 99 cents and download the pattern, which, according to the sewing directions that ARE included, has 2 pieces of 59″ x 12″ fabric. So, I’m supposed to go on the web site, give them my credit card number so they can charge me 99 cents, print out about a hundred sheets of paper or however many it takes to assemble a 59″ x 12″ rectangle, tape them all together, then lay the sheets on top of the fabric and cut out the pieces?
Of course, I made up my own version, which may not be exactly the same, but I kinda like it, and it is very warm on a windy day, I must say. And it took me a very few minutes to make.