How big is your pattern stash?
Wait, is this a rude question?
Well, I don’t mind showing you mine, but I genuinely have no idea how big it is. Or what I really have in it. I am a glutton for sugar, fabric and patterns, not necessarily in that order. So I binge, on fabric (like my upcoming trip to Abakhan in Bolton with my friend Simona from Sewing Adventures in the Attic – quivering with anticipation!), on Burda Magazines, PDF patterns, paper patterns, on cake, you name it. Problem is that I end up with a ginormous fabric stash, a massive patterns collection and a few inches on my thighs.
And although I have no answer to the latter problem, I recently found a solution for my pattern collection management.
It is, of course, an app, what else? Please allow me to elaborate…
A few weeks ago, I saw a random post on a Facebook in a group about a new pattern organising app. It’s called quite intuitively, Sewing Patterns. It’s been developed by a lovely Danish gentleman, Claus Pedersen who can coincidentally code, to help out his sewing-loving wife, Lise. And they made it available for the rest of the sewing world on the App store for £3.50. READ THEIR STORY
Before we go any further, just so you don’t have any nagging doubts, I have purchased the app myself and have absolutely no affiliation with Claus and Lise whatsoever. I just think what they did is awesome and I want the sewing world to know this as well.
How it works:
It’s a very simple concept: build a database of your patterns, with pictures, to help you keep track of what you have. There are many fields with info you can fill in for each pattern, like yardage, notions, etc, but most importantly, you can categorise each pattern in various user-defined categories. You can also add notes with additional information, like style, various design elements, etc, that will help find the right pattern for a particular fabric for example, or identify a design you might already own instead of buying a new one. It’s super simple, intuitive and easy to use.
What I love about it:
Once you add the patterns, it’s a piece of cake to categorise it, filter by keywords and in general retrieve any sort of info you might want, all at your fingertips and readily available.
You have to enter every pattern manually. ONE BY ONE. Yup, all of them. I have to say it gets a bit addictive, especially the Burda Magazine ones. I get into some sort of a groove until I’ve done them all. And it made me realise just how darn big my pattern stash is!
Anyhow, moving on…
There are two ‘views’ of the app: a Category view, where individual patterns will be grouped into folders and a Pattern view, where all individual patterns are listed in user-defined order.
You can add as many categories as you want, but you also have to upload your own picture to identify it. I opted for black icons, as I like a consistent look. If you don’t add a pic, a default icon will show.
I have opted for several types of categories:
- Types of garments (Coats, Jackets, Dresses, Jumpsuits, Trousers, etc)
- Types of patterns (Burda Magazine, PDF patterns, paper patterns)
- Types of designers (Big 4, Indie, Burda Magazine)
- Status (Made, Unmade)
- Collections (All my Burda Magazine issues and my Threads Magazine issues)
You can edit the Categories (see the Edit button at the top of the screen). Here you can delete any Category already added.
If you click on Sort, you can choose from sorting Alphabetically, by Most Recent (the Category that had items added most recently) and User Defined (in order of creation, but you can drag & drop in whihcever order works for you as well).
If you click the + sign, you can add a new Category. That’s where you add your picture and Category Name.
And this is what a Category looks like with Patterns already added to it.
This is the best part! You can put so much info here, but if you have loads of patterns to add, you might want to keep it a bit simpler and only fill in the essentials.
Below are all the Fields available.
NB: all these categories can be filtered by to choose the pattern you are looking for in a multitude of options. So it’s up to you what you think will be most helpful.
One of the cool things about the app is the filtering system, in addition to the category. You can filter in the Patterns view by any of the Pattern fields you just entered. In the example below, I filtered by the Comments field, using the word ‘drawstring’.
So how did the app come about?
I’ll let Lise tell you more about that as I interviewed her by email for you guys.