I made this ADORABLE puppy this week. I used a Simplicity pattern from 1966 that I got at the church garage sale (3 patterns for a quarter!) Anyway, I just wanted to comment on how much better these old patterns are than the ones they're cranking out today. First of all, the pattern paper is so much more durable. AND, they put each animal's pieces on it's own smaller sheet! No wading through five huuuuge sheets to find the seven small pieces you need. Also, notice the original price of this pattern--50 cents. I guess that may have seemed like a lot in the 60's, but I still think patterns now are horribly over-priced. My sewing funds are extremely limited and there's no way I can pay 10 or 12 bucks for a pattern that I may use only a couple of times. Most of the time, I spend less than that for the fabric itself! I know that commercial patterns have gone down a lot in recent years and stores constantly have them on sale for super cheap, but I wish I could afford to get my hands on some of the way-cool ones I see all over blogland! Is it costly to produce patterns? Is that why?