I am soooo exited that I just had to share this with you.
|Sewing tulle and net|
But last week, I found some for sale on eBay at an almost ridiculously low price and almost no bidders for them! I could not believe my luck. I must have double checked the items at least twenty times, and yes, they seemed to be the real thing. So I obviously stayed very quit about it (hey, what did you expect?) , took my chances and yippie, I won the bid.
Amongst the community of many tutu makers the question of patterns is always up for discussion and the most coveted and searched for tutu patterns as being the most traditional are the McCall's # 7990 and #7991. As said above, there are few available tutu patterns within the retail sector, but apparently none compare to these McCall's pattern's.
I guess one of the reasons that these McCall's # 7990 and # 7991 are so sought-after, is that the patterns were 'ABT approved.' They are since long out of print and probably slightly outdated in terms of measurements as they were published in 1982, but what the heck! Everybody wants them anyway. I guess the whole point of the McCalls patterns is that as one of the big 4 it was 'more well known' as a pattern company and more accessible for mothers under pressure to produce a traditional costume that could match any expensively produced tutu on parade.
|7990 Misses Ballet Costume/tutu ABT|
|7991 Girls Ballet Costumes/tutu ABT|
However, McCalls chose to discontinue them and and it seems they will not be reprinted, despite the many requests they receive for it. It is whispered that there would be some kind of dispute regarding the rights between them and ABT? If only they would see the light to stop the exploitation of these patterns. Oh, and for those that would be tempted, copying these patterns for redistribution is a serious breach of copyright...
As my old loyal sewing machine passed away some weeks ago, I am waiting for Santa to bring me a new one to try them out, a Janome with a special ruffler and pleating feet, yippie.