Thanks for all the good advice! (btw, Nicole your blog is fantastic, how the heck did you learn to do all that fancy stuff.... !)
Yeah, we are spoiled with the free patterns we find online for knitting!
Remember the old trick of using newspaper to make a pattern based on a piece of clothing you already have? I don't think I ever did it but then again... my memory's getting sketchy? what's the word!
Sara, I will look at that book! Thanks for the tip. Strangely enough, I don't care much for the Walmart near us (upstate NY) but when we really need something and can't pay a lot (a lot of the time) we do go there and when I bought my sewing machine, both of the women working there were experts! I was surprised, one had grow up near or in the town where Singer sewing machines were made, she had relatives that worked there. She steered me towards the other brand, Brother and gave me reasons why they were better. Said she had been working at Walmart for many years and the machines that were returned for being defective were the Singers, not one Brother. Well, I'm getting off topic.
It was just a pleasant experience to find someone at Walmart who was so knowledgeable.
I've been staring at all these gorgeous little cotton dresses in the windows here in NYC, esp Barneys where they cost like $245 for a simple little cotton thing, and I'm making some sketches and going to try and reproduce a few. Hope I can do it!
all for now!