Hello everyone, happy Me Made May 2019! I didn’t pledge to join in, I am ready wearing me-made almost everyday anyway, but I love the enthusiasm for Me Made May in the sewing community. I love seeing how everyone styles their old makes, showing more of the makes in action – as it were.
I haven’t been sewing much lately, as I’ve been busy with reorganising my pattern stash, both paper and digital. Boy oh boy, do I have a lot of them! I get overwhelmed by stash, and it usually kills my sewjo when it happens. Like right now. And one of the things I do to get my sewjo back is reorganising or tidying up my studio. So that’s what I’ve been doing 😀 I’ll be working on my fabric stash after I’ve organised my pattern stash. Exciting stuff LOL.
I am on team trace when it comes to paper patterns, I love keeping my paper patterns pretty much in a like-new condition, especially my indie patterns, precious! I realised that my traced patterns were getting a little out of hand, I did keep them together for each pattern but still I wanted a bit more order. So, the other day when I was in H&M Home, I noticed they had these little shower curtain rings in gold, sooo pretty! They’re £3.99 and there are 12 of them in a pack. I bought one pack, along with a few S hooks and hole reenforcers.
So what I do is basically punch a hole on each of the pattern pieces, attach the hole reenforcers, group and tie them together for each pattern with some leftover yarn, slide it into the gold rings and onto the S hook, and I store them in my Ikea wardrobe in my studio – along with my winter coats, yes 😛 I also put a piece of cardstock paper for each ring just to let me know what patterns on a particular ring. So far I have organised my rings based on the designers, so I have one ring for Tilly’s patterns, another for Pauline Alice, etc. I also have an assorted-designers ring, it is basically for if I have only a single pattern from a designer.
I am not planning to stop buying patterns, of course, but I think it’s nice to know how many exactly I have in my stash. And a lot of them I haven’t made actually. As for the envelopes, I keep them in a shoebox for now, I am still looking for a nice box or decorative way to store/show them. I also have sewing magazines to sort out. Holy moly this is going to be a whole lot bigger project than I thought! I am also thinking of an online inventory for all the patterns I own – not just the PDF ones, just in case I do an impromptu fabric shop visit and find a nice fabric, then I can just access my online inventory on my phone to know how much fabric to get, etc. You know?
Most of these patterns I obviously want to keep, but some of them I just can’t see myself making/wearing. I may do a destash in the near future.
So how do you keep and organise your patterns? I’d love to know, I am always looking for better ways to keep my studio tidy – simply because it rarely is hahaha. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a nice weekend and week ahead. I’ll see you again soon.