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BWOF organization tips???
I can't find what I want...easily
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Date: 3/25/09 2:40 PM

I know this has been covered before, but where oh where is it?
I have several years of BWOF magazines. I've traced some and remember some patterns I would like to do. How do you easily organize these things so that you know what you have? My other patterns are not a problem, just the BWOF ones.
I would like something really easy and intuitive. I don't want to be cross-indexed and this and that, just something simple and easy. Would like it to be not on the computer.
Any help out there??
Helen

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Date: 3/25/09 3:10 PM

When I get a new issue, I copy the "All styles at a glance" pages, circle the patterns in my size (plus) and maybe add some quick notes (knits only, elastic in back, etc.) and put them by date in a notebook.

When I trace a pattern, I put the pattern pieces in a plastic envelope and put it in the notebook right behind the styles page for the issue it came from.

My magazines then go on a bookshelf organized by date.

I find it very enjoyable to flip thru the notebook and look at all the possiblities I have for patterns.

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Date: 3/25/09 5:26 PM

Ooh, I like that idea!

I keep track of what patterns I have by keeping the envelopes in binders by type of garment (tissue is filed in pattern # order in boxes elsewhere) so I can just pull out the binders and flip through all the summer dresses or winter coats in my stash, like I'm at the store.

If I copy the "styles at a glance" pages, I could easily make pages of "Month-Year-Magazine" -Dresses, -Tops, etc, and integrate it into my existing binders.
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Date: 3/26/09 8:04 AM

This thread is timely! I'm just pondering this issue as well. I'm only about 7 months through my new subscription, but I hope to keep going for many years to come! So at present, I don't have a storage problem, since I only have about 7-8 issues total; but, what's working for me now is that I'm keeping EVERYTHING together. The magazine, any patterns that I've traced and cut out are stored together in a large clear zip-top bag. The bags are larger than those gallon sizes that you get at the grocery store, and I've gotten them from different places, mostly I've saved them from fabric shipments I've received in the mail. All the zip-top bags are stored together in a plastic "BWOF" stackable bin. We'll see how long this "system" works for me. I'm also interested to hear how others are handling this.

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Date: 3/26/09 9:02 AM

I store all my traced patterns (mostly BWOF, but not all) in those plastic page sleeves from an office supply. And these go in a binder by item type: top, pants, etc. I try to include a picture of the item (photocopied) and sometimes of the finished garment that I made and a fabric scrap (I'm a little behind on this). I always put the info on it though, like source (BWOF/Oct 08/#111/pants - without seam allowance) (Jalie Tee shirt, size V, with seam allowance). And sometimes a note on changes or alterations. Or if I liked or hated it when I was finished.
The rest of the mags are in those magazine storage bins from Ikea. Including the sheets you trace from.

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Date: 3/26/09 9:02 AM

My printer makes color copies, so I color copy the design style pages at the front of the magazine, and the line drawings. These go in page protectors in a binder. I pull the pattern pages as I use them and these along with any tracings go in a gallon ziplock bag. The ziplocks are stored in a Sterlite stackable file carrier (it has a blue lid with a handle). My magazines are stored in a large paper box too, by year. I'd like to have them on a shelf, but I just don't have shelf space right now.

I use the same method for Ottobre Woman. It does have things in 3 places (binder, file box, and magazine storage) but I can pull out just what I need when I need it, so it works for me.

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Date: 3/26/09 9:26 AM

I too copy the line drawing pages, though I don't do the color pages. I keep these by date in a binder in those plastic sleeves. I keep the magazines by year in magazine folders on a shelf, actually, two now. The pattern sheets I only take out when I am going to use them, and then I keep them by year in a file drawer. I can then go through the line drawing sheets easily, find the magazine and then actually find the pattern sheets. I make sure that the page date and letter are showing when I file them.

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Date: 3/29/09 9:28 AM

In addition to copying the line drawings for a binder, I also scan them into a pdf document. I append each month so that by the end of the year the pdf has all 12 months. I can peruse my BWOF line drawings any time I have my laptop. I store the magazines in a drawer in the basement. Any patterns traced are with the magazine.

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Date: 3/29/09 10:05 AM

I use a binder where I have all of my own project notes. I photocopy the magazine instructions to the project I'm working on and use this as I sew, along with printing out reviews from PR on the project if I plan to reference them- (No lap top on the sewing table- boo hoo) When I'm done the copied instructions, PR reviews, the traced pattern and a swatch go into a gallon Ziploc. The bag gets titled with the Magazine issue. The binder goes in front of a milk crate type container followed by all the baggies. As for the magazines themselves- I'm working on that one...I still like them sitting in my dining room to grab as I walk by throughout the day!

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Date: 4/25/09 7:25 PM

Like lots of you, I copy the line drawings page, and will keep them in a binder as an index, next to the magazines. When I have the magazine at the photocopier, I also make 4 copies of that same page at 200% (one of each quarter page, onto 11x17 paper).

when I trace one of the patterns, I put the pieces into a paper envelope (9x12?) , write the pattern name & number, and paste on the enlarged line drawing. I'm putting these envelopes in with my other patterns, organized by tops, pants, etc.

Karen

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