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Does anyone have a good system?
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Date: 3/13/13 6:40 PM

I have about 40-50 patterns and I find that I end up buying duplicates of some of them.
Does anyone have a good system for a pattern database that they use?
At first I considered just having a list of the pattern brand and the numbers but I realized that some of those numbers change.

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Date: 3/13/13 9:53 PM

I use the pattern catalogue on PR. I can access it via my smartphone. Then again I don't have too terribly many patterns to begin with! I would imagine a binder system could work, with a photocopy of the front and back of the pattern envelope, organized as the catalogues do--tops, bottoms, dresses, coordinates, crafts.

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Date: 3/13/13 11:38 PM

I use the PR Pattern Catalog too...419 right now. Then I store them in files by type - tops woven, tops knit, jackets, outerwear, pants/shorts, etc.
What do you mean by 'some of the numbers change'?

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Date: 3/14/13 1:36 AM

I think free members are limited to how many patterns they can have in their catalogue. I use Bento for Mac and iPhone. Love it.

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Date: 3/14/13 2:20 AM

I have my patterns in an excel format, but I haven't added to here just yet.
It would be nice to just transfer what is in my file, and to be able to access from my phone would be lovely! (This site has so many wonderful things that I am still discovering!) javascript:emoticon(':hug:')

I have about 200 patterns, (not counting the ones I have given away or donated). With the excel file, I can sort the file depending on what I want to make, or if I have certain parameters to work with, or by whatever I am thinking of. (ie, type of fabric it can be made with, pattern company, type of garment, and any number of other details, etc)

I also have a filing system for my nicer fabrics in my hoard (well, that is what it is... I guess... supposedly like how a dragon collects jewels...grin..). Each one is on half of a 3 x 5 card with a small swatch, and info about it listed.
Low tech, yes, and low cost, not counting time, effort, and energy. I keep mine in a binder, using a package of trading card holder sleeves).

That way, flipping through, I can see what is available. It is based on a two planning binders I got years ago at a sewing craft fair, that got really beat up over time.

As for sometimes having pattern numbers change, this is true. Someone mentioned recently on another post, that pattern companies sometimes change the number so the display pattern begins with a zero. It is also listed with a regular pattern number in the cabinets below.

Good luck with figuring out your own systems. Just remember, know your strengths, and work with them.

Heidi

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Date: 3/14/13 2:23 AM

I use the Sewing Kit iPhone app. It's buggy sometimes but you can scan the barcode and it'll pull in some of the pattern image, envelope backs, line drawings and info for mainly big 4.

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Date: 3/14/13 6:47 AM

I use Evernote! and it's free! Although for $5/month I upgraded - and have it on my Ipad and Iphone as well. I keep my patterns, fabric inventory, knitting patterns, and sewing notes on it, all in separate notebooks. For the patterns - on each note I paste the pattern info, just copy it right from the web page, and add any notes I want to add as I go along. I can add tags that I create - e.g., woven dress, top, pants, jacket - and look at my pattern by tag. Or by pattern title. So I can look at all my Vogue patterns, for instance. The program is very very fast on the computer, very easy to learn and use. Worth a look!

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Date: 3/14/13 9:03 AM

I use Pinterest for most of my patterns. Then it can link to reviews. I put my notes on the pattern envelope.

~Claire

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Date: 3/14/13 10:08 AM

I'm on an Excel system for my patterns and magazine lists. The actual patterns and instructions are in manila envelopes and labeled in large tupperwares, the pattern envelopes are in plastic sleeves in 3" binders according to category. My pattern magazines (the ones that fit) are also in plastic sleeves in binders, a large binder will comfortably hold a year's worth of BWOF, Ottobre Kids, LMB, and Patrones (although some of the European mags are a little longer than the plastic sleeves).

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Date: 3/14/13 10:54 AM

I use Book Collector from Collectorz.com. Obviously, it's meant to catalog books, but works very well for patterns. All the fields can be customized, so it's very flexible. I think it costs about $25 or $30, but they do have trial version.

I also use the PR Pattern Catalog, which is nice, but since I don't have wonderful internet service, I like the offline approach of Book Collector.

I love all the ideas on how folks organize their collections!

Rose

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