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Posted on: 7/26/08 11:36 PM
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I love patterns, and recently have discovered that I had duplicates of the same pattern.

To help me avoid this, I've started my own personal pattern catalog. If I buy a new pattern, I will print out a copy of the visual, then I will place it in a 3 ring binder that has been divided by pattern company (as well as have it in numerical order). On the opposite side of the paper I will print off the pattern info -such as yardage required, notions, etc.,

It especially helps me as I can bring this with me whilst perusing pattern sales, and I can automatically check if I have the pattern or not, thus helping me avoid any duplicates.

Even older OOP patterns are easy to include in my catalog, I simply use my all in one printer, and will copy the pattern envelope front and back.

As I purge my patterns, it's as simple as removing the paper.

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catsmeow said... (8/4/08 11:28 PM) Reply
Wonderful idea! Many times I have gone to pattern sales and wondered if I didn't already have a particular pattern at home, or at least one similar to it. Your idea would really help solve that problem.
Tere Sews said... (7/29/08 8:45 AM) Reply
A friend made me a great gift for my collection of Sandra Betzina Vogue patterns. She took the small photo albums you get from the dollar store, printed the pattern information from Vogue's internet site and inserted the info into the album. Now I bring my purse size pattern records with me.
Nancywin said... (7/27/08 11:45 PM) Reply
I have a binder like this and it really works well, although I have the picture and pattern info on one sheet inside a page protector. Also, mine is organized a little differently, but it is so big and heavy now, I will probably divide it into 2!
ryansmumAria said... (7/27/08 5:18 PM) Reply
newlywed, Such a pratical idea. I tell my students to do this as well. The only difference is that they catagorize it by garment. Jackets, pants, etc. That way they don't get 2 patterns that are similar from different pattern companies. I tell them not to bother with copying the front of the patterns, the line drawings on the back provide a better idea of the style lines. You sound like a very organized person.
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