Ever since I saw that Cashmerette was offering their patterns via Sprout Patterns, I was intrigued by this service. I watched from afar for about 2 years as blogger after blogger made patterns and bags they had sourced from Sprout and when they were offering a discount for Me Made May, I decided to take the plunge.
What kept me from trying this service sooner you may ask? Well the answer is two fold. I’ve only had one experience with Spoonflower fabrics (back in 2013) and it was less than ideal. Some fabric that looked black on my screen arrived pale gray, not exactly what I was after. Secondly, the price. Let’s use the print I went with for my Kielo as our example. It’s a cotton spandex jersey that is sold for $26.75 per yard. For comparison, Art Gallery and Robert Kaufman knits are made of the same fiber components and go for about $17 per yard. In the case of my Kielo, 3 yards of cotton spandex jersey were needed, so on the regular Spoonflower site that would have cost me $80.25, but using the Sprout service brought my total up to $92. I couldn’t find anywhere on the site that specifically calls out the cost breakdown between the fabric and pattern, but by doing a little math and research I determined that in this case the pattern cost me $11.75.
My order included an original PDF pattern with all sizes of the patterns so the $11.75 for the pattern would have been a savings, but I already have the paper version so technically I’ve bought the pattern twice now. That price for the PDF is itself a savings over the regular cost of the PDF so be aware of this savings if you are planning to try a new pattern with Sprout.
So, was it worth it? YES! If I can spend a little bit more, but save in other facets of the projects I find it very worthwhile. Here are some project highlights:
- My Kielo came together really well and using the Sprout printed version of it saved me quite a bit of time. I think turning the belt pieces to the right side took me longer than any other piece of this project, but at least I didn’t have to trace my pattern pieces!
- I tend to forget to include all of the markings when I make a pattern so using the Sprout version also saved me from myself because all of the notches are printed in place.
- I love the print that I chose and would never have been able to find that in a store (I’m tempted to order yardage of it in another substrate from Spoonflower, that’s how much I love it). You even get to determine the placement of the fabric on a 3D model, it’s pretty cool and can help prevent weird placement in the bust area.
- My pattern arrived really fast. On their website they say it can take 6 days for your order to ship, but mine must have been quicker because I placed the order on 5/24 and received it on 5/31. I love a quick turnaround on a sewing project!
This project was a knit so I wasn’t too worried about needing to make adjustments, but that’s a negative to Sprout Patterns to consider, you can’t make adjustments before cutting your fabric. My suggestion would be to order up a size if you are worried so you at least have a little wiggle room to make adjustments somewhat on the fly. For example, after 4 tries I have the fit of the Archer Shirt right for me so I know if I were to get it on Sprout I’d have to order the size 18 even though technically my size is a 14. I need the 18 for the sleeve length and in the bust. I could then increase my seam allowance everywhere in the pattern that I’ve previously graded down.
And now, I leave you with a picture of me in the final dress! For any New England Patriots fans out there, I met (for the second time in my life) former player Matt Light while wearing my Kielo this summer.