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Date: 11/21/13 2:28 PM

After having received Colette's new Cooper pattern in the mail the other day, I've decided that it's my favorite packaging that I've encountered so far. The instructions lay flat, it's easy to store, and is aesthetically pleasing.

My second favorite would probably be Megan Nielsen's packaging. Her envelopes are nicely sized and seal with velcro, and the instruction booklet is very nice too. If I could combine that with the Cooper packaging, like have a velcro envelope in the back to keep the pattern pieces in, that would be the most absolutely perfect pattern packaging.

How about y'all? What's your favorite and least favorite? If you could design pattern packaging, what would you deem "perfect"?

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Date: 11/21/13 2:53 PM

I like Onion's. It's bigger (A4?) and trifold out of heavier cardstock, and I can tuck the translated instructions inside. And it easily fits in my file box.

I have to admit that I find all the cutesy envelopes and bound instructions annoying. As much as I like Colette their envelopes (the regular ones, haven't seen the new mens') just get beat up when they're thrown in with the rest of my envelope patterns. Everyone talks about the clever design of Papercut's packaging but it would drive me nuts.

If I were queen of the world, every pattern would come in a plastic ziptop bag that was letter-sized, because that's what I end up doing with my patterns at some point anyway.
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Date: 11/21/13 11:01 PM

I think I like Marfy the best...simple, no-fuss, tiny, easy to store.

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Date: 11/22/13 6:06 AM

LOL--marfy- the company with no instructions and no photo OR technical drawing of the clothes. I'd bite if they included a drawing. I have one of their patterns so it's easy. If I had more, I think it would make me nuts.

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Date: 11/22/13 9:26 AM

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I have to admit that I find all the cutesy envelopes and bound instructions annoying.

I'm in this camp.

And I hate the over-posed photos (e.g. lots of Vogue patterns). I want to see the garment!!!!!

I love how simplistic Burda (paper) pattern envelopes are. Front. Tech drawing. Fabric req. Notions.

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Date: 11/22/13 9:34 AM

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Date: 11/22/13 10:26 AM

I like Beverly Johnsons' Bra pattern packaging. The patterns are printed on big sheets of paper (not tissue), fold down to 8x11 and the instructions are on regular paper. All fit into a nice roomy zip lock bag.

These patterns are designed to be traced. They fold back into their original shape easily.

Having said that I do not usually keep patterns in their originally packaging. The envelope goes into a page protector and the insides go into manilla envelopes in a filing cabinet. I write the pattern info on the top of the envelope and they are filed by brand in numerical order. The envelope goes into a binder by style. The binders are my personal pattern catalogue.

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Date: 11/22/13 10:37 AM

Well Sisters, I rarely buy patterns .
Mt Lutterloh patterns come in a small binder. The pages are 8.5x5.5"
The fashion illustration is on the front, the line drawing and pattern pieces are printed on the back.
After I enlarge the pattern, I store it in a ziplock bag with a copy of the fashion illustration, and sometimes a swatch of the fabric I used.

How many of you wish you had purchased stock in Ziploc pre September 11?
Between food storage, "safety" requirements"and pattern storage, their stock, and my personal contribution have made their stock soar!

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Date: 11/22/13 11:30 AM

I like to straddle a boundary between cutesy and functional. The usual Colette packaging is too cutesy. The new Walden packaging is a nice balance. I would want something more streamlined, like the Megan Nielsen velcro envelopes, for simpler patterns- you know, like knit dresses, basic skirts, etc.- but for more complicated patterns that need lots of good instructions, the Walden packaging is perfect. I just finished making the Cooper bag and the wire-bound, lay flat instructions were fantastic.

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Date: 11/22/13 11:45 AM

Most pattern packaging is irrelevant to me because I'm tracing my patterns now. After I trace a pattern, I tend to store it in a letter-sized manilla envelope, and I keep my envelopes organized in small filing boxes. The only exception is StyleArc because, since they're single-sized, I cut them out. And I love their packaging for the exact reason that LauraTS stated: they're simple letter-sized envelopes; even better, they're made of clear plastic and have a self-seal strip on the flap.

I'm probably a freak for thinking this but I love the way Burda magazine does patterns because it fits so many of my ideals:
- One-page overview of many patterns at once, so I don't have to flip through envelopes
- Patterns printed in a compact form-factor so it takes minimal space in my archive
- Standard-sized for easy organization (it's a lot easier to find storage boxes that fit magazines than most envelope patterns)

And I also agree with Laura that I'm not a huge fan of the wide variation in packaging. It just makes it annoying to store the patterns neatly because whatever container you get for them will never fit all the patterns equally well. The worst offender is my Merchant and Mills pattern which came as pre-cut cardstock rolled up in a meter-long tube. It would have been perfect if I had the space to store all my patterns hanging on a rack, but I don't, so I have to hang on to the tube, which takes up a ridiculous amount of space for one pattern. #OCDproblems

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