“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. “

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  1. I’m thinking that you’ve actually just got too much time on your hands at the moment………
    I look at a garment design and think – if I use Pattern X and lengthen/shorten, add/remove sleeves, change neckline etc etc I seem to get by on very few patterns. Having said that, I did splurge on Paco’s Vogue ones in the recent sale but that is because I like him and his designs.

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    1. What can I say? I’m lazy! I’m happy to franken-pattern, but I’ve been drawn in by some of these Tilton designs lately, bringing out the latent art teacher in me! And drafting is just toooooo time consuming. My creativity is limited to matching fabrics to styles!

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      1. I’d never even thought about counting or auditing my patterns, all I know is that I have two plastic boxes full and some floating around homeless. Then there is a pile of Style Arc patterns that is relatively new, thanks to the recommendations of a certain person who shall remain nameless!!!!!!!!!! I know that I could do to clear out some of the patterns, mostly those bought on a whim and never used.

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  2. Funnily enough, I did a pattern audit this week and made a spreadsheet. I included only proper tissue patterns, not pdfs or Prima magazine freebies. I’ve got twenty-ish which is surprisingly modest. I marked up how many times I’d made them up and whether I liked the style or not. I now know I have got some unused, and unlikely ever to be used. Swap shop anyone?

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  3. Ha! You’re an amateur at pattern hoarding/collecting! I have thousands. I have a storage unit with boxes upon boxes of patterns! (And sadly, I’ll be lucky if I sew even 0.1% of my patterns. I’m terribly slow.)

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  4. I don’t feel so guilty now after reading how many patterns Paloverde’s got….I’ve got 700 or so.
    Mine are vintage ones mainly from 1940’s to 1970’s.
    I’ve been dipping into mine and making some as part of the Vintage pattern pledge.

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    1. Yes, a very high percentage of mine are vintage. I collect mostly ’40s through mid ’70s, but I have patterns from other eras as well. I am really trying to cut down on my modern patterns, though.

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  5. About 30. I need to check. It might be that I have double that. I often read posts like yours (bloggers often go through their stash) and think I should do a stock-take but I’m just too lazy. Or maybe there’s so little it’s ok to estimate.

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  6. I catalogued mine recently and was surprised to find I only have about 100 envelope patterns. I thought it was a lot more! I do have six years of Burda though plus some pattern books. It was a useful exercise; reminded me about some forgotten gems!

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  7. Just a couple of months ago I catalogued all my sewing patterns, the ones in envelopes. I took a photo of each envelope to store on my computer, put each envelope in a plastic page in a large binder and packed the envelope contents into a small plastic bag and then into a box. I have two boxes of envelope contents, an overflowing 3″ binder of pattern envelopes and 198 photos of pattern envelopes on my laptop. There are probably a dozen or two PDF patterns in a binder too – but I can’t access those now because my hubby has already gone to bed and probably won’t appreciate me crashing around in that room looking for my PDF binder! My books are in there too… so I’m not going to go look for them neither!

    I am really happy with my system as I can browse patterns envelopes anytime on my laptop. If I find something I like I can read the front and back of the envelope in my binder. If I actually decide to may something, then I pull out the box and get the envelope contents out (they are in numerical order).

    You have done well sorting out your sewing patterns, etc. Those are A LOT of patterns!

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    1. Years ago I did a low tech version of that when I’d been given all those old patterns. I dismantled the pattern envelopes, and glued pictures and fabric requirements onto card, and kept them ina ring binder. I laboriously folded new pattern envelopes out of wallpaper lining, and kept the lot stashed in an enormous cardboard box under a bed. I used to sew a lot for other people, so it was important to be able to let them browse the patterns in a simple way. No internet then!

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  8. Not something I’ve counted but probably not as many as you – providing we aren’t including magazines and books. Your Japanese hat book sounds intriguing.
    May well be up for a pattern swap.

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  9. I’ve got about twenty. That includes the freebie patterns from magazines that look like they were unearthed from the (unfashionable) 1970s aisle. I could do with swapping them, if anyone is interested in small sized safari skirt suit patterns?

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