Well, Jordan didn’t think folding fabric was fun. At all. #whomp So, that’s on hold until I can talk Liz or Trena into coming and helping.
So, he mixed champagne cocktails and I took a hard look at my pattern collection. As noted, my patterns reside in this IKEA cabinet. I do want to buy a metal filing cabinet this year and I will. But, I need to get an additional shelving unit for fabric storage first.
What I did was pull all my cluttered patterns out (sorry, no before photo). And sort them by brand. By far, I have more Vogue Patterns between the regular envelopes and the designer patterns.Simplicity is second.
I also have all my traced (mostly BWOF) patterns in a drawer. I’ve used two different envelope sizes over the last ten years. So, larger ones are vertical, smaller ones are horizontal. Someday, I’ll go through and put pattern numbers in the appropriate corners of these traced envelopes. Or, pay a niece to come over and do so.
New Look, Burda envelope and Kwik Sew are horizontal in the middle.
Larger Vogue designer patterns, Jalie and Hot Patterns in one drawer going horizontal. With horizontal McCalls in the middle (you can see the numbers / names easier this way for these lines) and a few fragile vintage patterns vertical in front. Oh, what are you storing your Jalie patterns in once you’ve opened them?
Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue in another going vertical. Again, easier to see the numbers on them. I might get those in numerical order some day too…
So, here’s my question. I’ve got all the patterns back in and neatly. In some cases (ok, only in Vogue’s case) they are even numerical.
I wasn’t surprised at the number of patterns I have (I actually think I don’t have *that* many). I was surprised that I didn’t know what patterns I have! I need a filing/ sorting system similar to my Burda program.
There, I’ve photocopied the line drawings page, printed them out and have them in a binder. So easy to flip through and find a pattern.
So, tell me, how do you organize your patterns? Spreadsheet? Databases? Photo flash cards? How do you find patterns you are looking for? Oh, and please share what you’re doing with your Jalie patterns once they come out of the cellophane.