One post, however, was particularly interesting for me, as I was a (vintage) pattern fanatic. Over the past three years, since I have arrived to the US, I have collected literally four large boxes full of patterns. I am going to let go half of the stash, but what do I do with the other half. While I am quite confident with patternmaking and draping, it hurts not to keep a great vintage or designer pattern. But seeing them cramped in boxes, with some pattern pieces loose... I could not bear it any longer.
Just yesterday I was thinking of how to get this situation under control. So, here is the link to the original blog post.
Basically, she suggests the following:
1. Remove the contents of the pattern envelope and place them into a 9x12 manila envelope, indicating the pattern company and a number on it. (Envelopes are organized by pattern company and then numerically)
2. Place the original pattern envelope into a sheet protector and place them into a 4" binder. (pattern envelopes are organized by garment type)
Materials needed for this organizing project:
9x12 manila envelopes
Costs, I guess it's not cheap. But read my update.
Clutter reduced: No! You will need more space (because of the binders)
So, what are the advantages of this system?
- Well, it does look very tidy and organized!
- It is much easier to browse through patterns, without the need to unpack the whole bix of patterns. Just grab a binder with dresses and search for your favorite one while sipping tea in bed.
- You can store all kind of related stuff in manila envelopes (fabric swatches, copies of patterns, etc etc)
If I had less space I would have used iPhone app only. I will post a review in my next post. Now, I am off to Staples to buy the materials for my new pattern collection.