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I’ve just been given a box of vintage patterns (Hooray!) but the box they came in is beyond hope. I currently keep my patterns in a basket, but there isn’t enough room for all the new-old ones. It got me wondering how other people might store their patterns.


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    Mar 18, 2011, 04.40 PMby dixiediy

    I have a metal sewing “bin” that is the perfect size to fit patterns upright but now I have too many and need more space. I’ll probably either buy or make bins that can fit on a book shelf and then I can organize them all by number and each company can have a separate bin.

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    Mar 18, 2011, 05.38 PMby katexxxxxx

    I have mine in plastic bags in plastic crates in my loft. They are organized by type for current patterns (ladies daywear, evening and prom, wedding, menswear, outdoors gear, kids stuff, etc.), craft patterns, historic costume patterns (by era: medieval, 18th C, Victorian and the like), etc. and by date for the archived patterns (1950’s through to the 1980’s). There are 22 crates. Not all are stuffed full to bursting, but all are at least half full. There are probably close to 3.000 of them. There are commercial patterns, small company stuff, and self-drafted patterns in the stash.

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    Mar 22, 2011, 04.46 AMby jenss-1

    I keep standard paper patterns, including vintage, stored in Ikea zippered canvas boxes. Burdastyle magazine (traced) patterns, downloaded, and self-made patterns are kept in envelopes I bought in Japan years ago (a bit bigger and wider than standard US letter size, no glue). The envelopes are all kept organized in pockets inside large binders. I keep the BSM issues organized in the same binders. Everything fits on a bookcase…

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    Mar 22, 2011, 09.25 AMby bohemiannow

    I keep mine in plastic trasparent folders. One for tissue paper patterns, cut from BWF magazine and one for printed patterns from the web, along with notes about the pattern number, size and things I noticed while constructing. I only keep the succesfull patterns, I through away the failures.

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    Mar 28, 2011, 07.58 AMby loulourosa

    I store all my pattern magazines in magazine boxes from ikea, I store them by brand and by year. My husband made bookshelves so I could store the boxes. After finishing a garment I store the patterns I drafted in plastic folders including a bit of fabric of the garment and the alterations I made, these plastic folders are kept in binders. For the patterns in paper envelopes I have special closed magazine boxes. After all these years I have so many magazine boxes and binders that my husband has to make me new bookshelves,…

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    Mar 29, 2011, 06.47 AMby patchitup

    I store my purchased patterns in a standard plastic hanging folder box with a snap lid. These boxes hold two rows of patterns very nicely. It’s easy to flip through them and they stay clean. Plus the boxes most often have a handle on the lid, so are easy to carry.I have had to resort to putting a few 1970’s and 80’s patterns in 6×9 envelopes. I cut out the front and back of the orignal pattern envelope and use a glue stick to attach those to the brown envelope. These fit into the plastic boxes as well. I am an avid fashion magazine reader and like to mimick certain pieces. I will cut out pictures of things I like, glue them on to index cards and insert them into my pattern envelopes which closely match the mag pic. Really like comparing the price of the ready mades to what I actually pay sewing it myself. I am still having trouble with storing downloaded or drafted patterns as the papers are so much heavier-but gatting ideas here now, Thanks all.

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