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Pattern prices have increased significantly in the last few years. There is a broad range of prices. If you are not going to use the patterns for all the garments included with your selected pattern, you may be able to find a similar garment pattern with less options for a lower price. Most stores and companies have frequent sales on patterns, watch for sales and buy your patterns then.
An especially good store to keep an eye on the in-store sales promotions is Joann Fabric. They have very frequent promotions for the four major pattern companies (Butterick, McCall's, Simplicity and Vogue)--in my little town (rural Pacific Northwest) Joann's puts the patterns on sale for $1.99 (except Vogue is $3.99) which is a considerable savings!