Friday, July 7, 2017

Photo Friday

What is Photo Friday?  It's where I share a photo from my week and talk about it.  

This week it's about organizing my sewing patterns.  This is something I have been meaning to do for quite some time ... as in years ... and this week with kicking off my '100 Day Sewing Challenge,' I thought it was the right time to STOP putting it off!



I needed a notebook and some clear plastic sleeves ... which I had both of on hand.
I took the actual pattern pieces out of the envelope they came in and filed the envelope in one of the clear plastic sleeves inside the notebook.  This gives me a clear view of the front and the back of the pattern.  This is going to make hunting through my patterns so easy.  This notebook is labeled 'women's clothing.'  I'm working on one for 'children' and one for 'household' as well.

What did I do with the actual pattern pieces ...




I put them in their own brown manilla envelope and wrote the pattern number and company on the outside of the envelopes.  These are being filed in a filing cabinet.  When I've choosen a pattern from my pattern notebook, all I have to do is look the number up in my filing cabinet, pull the envelope and I'll be ready to get to work.

What about you, do you have a system for keeping up with your sewing patterns?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



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26 comments:

  1. Patsy I have two sets of coloured plastic drawers. I have the patterns sorted into the drawers which are labelled;
    Handiwork, mens, childrens, skirts and pants, dresses and shirts, bags and quilting patterns. The childrens drawer has dividers for ages.
    This system works for me but I have a small bedroom set up just as a sewing room. I have the space for these drawers.

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  2. Patsy, my patterns are in a drawer. I don't have that many so it isn't a problem. That is a great idea you have though especially if you have a lot of patterns.

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    1. Nanna Chel, I don't have a whole lot but I do have enough that it makes it hard to work with them when looking through them. This keeps me from have an unorganized mess when I want to look through my patterns for a specific one.

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  3. Great idea for patterns. I didn't sew yesterday but did go to the store to pick up some sewing supplies. All my fabric for the doll clothes has come from other people's scraps that I have picked up at rummage sales. Last week I bought a bundle of lace, rickrack, ribbons and trims for only $5. I can't even imagine the savings. All my AGD patterns have come from resale shops or EBay. I did have to purchase Velcro and sewing machine needles with coupons of course. The doll clothes are coming along. I will make a few extra for my daughter to use as gifts for birthday parties. Wish me luck making the shoes, raincoat and bathing suit. They might tax my sewing skills. What fun. This weekend we have company and will be doing a lot of cooking and entertaining. Sewing will have to be put on hold till next week. Thank you for the challenge, it has really motivated me to do this.

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    1. jlynn, sounds like you really got a deal with your bundle of lace, rickrack, ribbons and trims. Those type things are so expensive when purchased individually. You are brave for tackling AGD shoes, raincoat and bathing suit, I haven't made them either but you are inspiring me to get my AGD clothes patterns out and make something.

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  4. This is a great idea. Flipping thru a book to figure out the next project is much easier than sifting thru a pile of patterns which eventually get strewn all over (at least that is what happens to me!). This is going to be my weekend project ahead of all others!! Thank you!

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    1. JeThomas, that is exactly what happens to me, the pile of patterns are strewn everywhere! This system will keep that from happening!

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  5. What a fabulous way to organize your patterns, Patsi! I love it! I have patterns here and there...I'll have to corral them together and see if I can't get them organized!

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    1. Jenn, that's what I'm doing and already I am loving this system!

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  6. Patsy, This is a very good idea! I have been working on my sewing/craft room for a very long time trying to get it organized, I will incorporate this into the organization.

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    1. Laurie, an organized sewing/craft room is a productive sewing/craft room!

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  7. That's a great idea. They are like the can of worms...once you open them you can't get them back in. I taught myself crochet in early spring using youtube. I have been going crazy with it, making towels,washcloths, potholders, purses, 3 blankets, 3 shawls etc. I got yarn from everyone from Mother's day and have been stocking up with JoAnns coupons or other sales. I now have a yarn pantry stocked! I need to think of a better storage than just in baskets as it's taking over my sewing room. I already have 5 Christmas gifts made.

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    1. Gloria, I love your description! It is so true!!! I taught myself to crochet last fall and I've become addicted! I have a yarn pantry stocked too and I need a better storage solution as well!

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  8. I store my patterns in manilla envelopes too. I cut the pattern envelope apart and tape the front and back sections to the front of the manilla envelope. Then I store them in a box with lid. I think I like your idea better. I could peruse my patterns without pulling out the box to go through them.

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    1. Brenda, My goal was to be able to peruse my patterns without having a pattern avalache everytime. I think this system is going to make it possible.

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  9. I love how you are filing your patterns. What a great idea! Nancy

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    1. Nancy, I saw this idea several years ago and just never got around to implementing it. Better late than never!!!

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  10. I have a very large pattern collection....I copy the front and back of the pattern, then it is put in one of three pattern notebooks, that have been categorized like the catalogs at the fabric store. The original pattern is then filed by pattern company numerically in one of my pattern file cabinets. I used to own a fabric store, so the cabinets were available and have been a real asset in my sewing studio, as they hold inter-facings, lining fabric, extra notions, etc.

    I have been able to get some sewing done, as well as tending the garden, household maintenance and yard work. I needed some summer blouses, pants and lounging dresses.....still have a pair or two of pants to sew up, and then I will start on projects for the cooler months.

    I know you will enjoy having your patterns organized, because I sure did when I organized mine.....I also have a fabric notebook that has all my fabric stash cataloged, by fabric content.

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    1. Enid, my gracious, you surely are organzied. You go girl!!! I love your ideas!

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  11. I throw my in gallon ziplocks, but I like your method. Its a little tidier...those plastic bags are a bit big and just don't fold as neatly.

    I had all intentions of the 100 day sewing challenge. I have several projects do to and the only thing I accomplished so far this summer was four buffs (those big headband things). I managed to iron up two different fabrics for bed pillow cases (the store ones are too small!) SInce I use four pillows on the bed, I need 8 cases per sheet set.

    THursday night, two fabrics were ironed.....and well. Sunday night to sew. lol A fishing trip popped up. :)

    I did stop at Joanns and pick up more sale and coupon fabrics for new dishtowels....homespun and flannel. So I'll call that my "Friday sewing".

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    1. mdoe37... that works ... the prep has to be done before the actual sewing can begin!

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  12. I think this is a brilliant idea. I have a set of drawers where I store patterns but it's hard to find the one I want. I like the idea of a catalog so to speak, like yours. THank you!

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    1. Terri, that's a good name for it ... a catalog! Thank you!

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  13. I file patterns by category (blouse/tops, skirts, dresses, etc) in separate square baskets (cloth) that fit in the shelving unit in the sewing room closet. I, also, cross reference the patterns in a notebook with the categories separated by pages. This way, if I find another interesting pattern while perusing the pattern catalogs on line, I can check the notebook to make sure I don't already have it.
    For sewing clothing, I run a copy of the front of the pattern envelope and cut out the picture of the style I want to use. Then I use a glue stick to put it in a heavy weight drawing notebook. I put outfit pictures together that I want to make by setting the pages up this way; a picture, pattern number, and accessories. Then if I want to make some changes I note that on the page.
    I, also, write yardage required, fabric recommended, notions needed, and the rating per sewing pattern review on the page.
    I hope you don't mind me adding a bit about how I organize fabric. When I bring home fabric I wash and dry it, then fold it neatly and hang it on a slacks hanger in the sewing room closet. I am very blessed that my husband designed this closet for the sole purpose of my sewing. I make an information tag out of notecard. I write the fabric content, the yardage, the width, the amount of fabric, the stretch (if any), the washing instructions, the location of where I purchased it, and the cost on the notecard, then use a hole punch to put a hole in it and use kitchen twine to make a hanger. I then hang it on the hanger along with the fabric.
    If I didn't have hanging room and I don't for some pieces, I use less heavy paper with the same information to pin it to the fabric. Sometimes, it is a long time before I use a piece and I won't remember all the details unless they are written down.
    I don't do this for craft/household/quilt fabric as I buy much smaller amounts than for clothing. I do, however, wrap those pieces around heavy duty cardboard purchased from Amazon. It takes up less room standing up.
    I think your sewing challenge is wonderful, Patsy.

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    1. Glenda, I loved reading about how your organize your fabric and sewing supplies. You have a closet designed solely for your sewing supplies??? How blessed you are indeed! That's a good idea to hang your washed, dryed and folded fabric on a slacks hanger and all that information on a notecard with the fabric at your fingertips. You obviously have put a lot of thought and time into your sewing. I'm impressed!

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