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Posted on: 11/28/13 10:16 AM
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I don't have a huge number of pattern magazines, but even my occasional purchases of Burda and La Mia Boutique need some organising, or I fear nothing would ever be made up from them. Here's what I do:
1. Keep the magazines together, in date order.
2. Once the pattern sheets are unstapled for tracing, they go in a plastic pocket, and are stored back in the relevant magazine.
3. and this I find the real key to success - Make a photocopy of the 2 pages of technical drawings, make sure the date is clear. These I put in a file, again in date order, and shelve alongside the magazines. Not only can I see the designs clearly (so I shouldn't be buying a pattern that is really similar to something I have already!) but I can also use these sheets for making notes of what interests me, whether I've traced it yet, if I have some fabric in mind, if a relevant review comes up on PR, etc.etc. These are all things I find are better stored somewhere other than in my unreliable memory!

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ceedee said... (12/1/13 10:09 AM) Reply
Great tips - and if I may add one…I would write the date of the magazine on the plastic pocket, for the inevitable mix-up, at least in MY sewing room lol.
LuceLu said... (11/29/13 8:59 AM) Reply
That is a very good idea. It would also work for people who have many magazines. I have purchased a package of plastic spine holders with holes for 3 ring binders --they come 12 in a pack. You can keep the magazines in a large binder that way with all the photocopied tech drawings in the front.
Annie- oh said... (11/28/13 12:14 PM) Reply
Nice organization, thank you. Guess I will leave my system of just looking through my pattern magazines on a rainy day then forgetting!
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