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Posted by: Alania
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Posted on: 3/23/05 1:00 PM
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
After spending countless hours searching through all my patterns that were stored in boxes, I decided to put some of my old secretarial skills to work. I purchased a four-drawer metal filing cabinet from an office supply store to begin this task. On the outside of each drawer, I inserted a label that displays the type of patterns contained in that particular drawer. I have one drawer that contains nothing but suit patterns (I still work in an industry where this is proper business/office attire); the others are broken down into the other main categories of my pattern stash--such as dresses, pants, skirts, etc. Within each drawer, I inserted divider tabs showing a more descriptive title--such 2-piece dresses, jacket dresses, sundresses, etc. Behind each divider tab, I can find all my patterns that are associated with this particular category. For those patterns that have a variety of wardrobe pieces, I file it according to the piece that is most attractive to me. For example, I have several patterns that fall into this category, but the reason I purchased it was because I liked the jacket or blouse. Most of the time, I have an idea of the type of garment I want to make out of a particular piece of fabric, so this method has allowed me to easily access all my suit patterns in one area in which I want to make that special piece of wool suiting sitting in my storage cabinet. Hope this helps some of you with your organization.

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happytobehome said... (12/19/07 8:39 AM) Reply
Excellent review and very helpful
ctmksm said... (4/24/05 7:37 PM) Reply
Great ideas - Thanks!
rekhasharma said... (4/2/05 7:57 AM) Reply
I roll the flat patterns weong side up and put them inside 12" postal tubes and label them on the outside; it is then easy to pick them out. What I'd like to know is a good method of storing muslins
Lulubelle said... (3/28/05 2:12 AM) Reply
I also file my patterns but I have an additional tip: as paper patterns NEVER fit back in their original packaging, I buy cardboard envelope-style folders, glue the front of the pattern envelope to the front flap, the back of the pattern envelope to the inside of the flap and I print the name and size of the pattern and description (eg stretch top) up in the top right corner for easy identification. The paper pieces and the instructions fit neatly in the larger 'envelope' (including traced off pattern pieces) and the whole file sits neatly in the filing cabinet drawer.
xela said... (3/24/05 1:48 PM) Reply
Thank you for your suggestion. I need all the help I can get organizing-I'm very,very lacking in this area.
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