[Pattern-master, by Octavia E. Butler. A whole series of novels, highly recommended. Nothing at all to do with this post though!]
I typed up a spreadsheet of all my patterns, marking off which ones I have made once, which have been used multiple times, and which have not yet been used. I also analysed them by pattern company. I also intend to mark them off by garment type, but I haven’t done that yet!
So, 182 patterns, not counting those in books [I don’t have many sewing books, and most of them are costume or historical references.]
31% are so far unused, but that won’t last long! 42% have been used once, and 27% have been used several times. Of course, some of those single use patterns, like wedding dresses, are consigned to storage for good. Some will in time be re-used. The 42% includes 12 in process, or stuck at the toile stage.
I think that’s pretty good, I’m not buying patterns and just keeping them for the sake of it, I buy to use. On the whole, I’m pretty good at buying styles that suit me, and fit my lifestyle, which is why I re-make quite a lot of them.
By pattern company: I was unsurprised to find that the vast majority are Vogue and StyleArc, then there’s a little clump shared fairly evenly between McCall’s, Simplicity, Butterick and Truly Victorian. After that, just dribs and drabs. I was surprised to see just HOW MANY Indie companies are represented though, internet shopping clearly has its effect.
Anyhew, here’s my list.
Truly Victorian 10
Folkwear & Hot Patterns 5 each
Reconstructing History 4
Kwiksew, New Look, Wearing History & Silhouette 3 each
Sewaholic, Harlots & Angels, Colette & Laughing Moon 2 each
Then all the one-hit wonders:
New Mode, A Verb For Keeping Warm, Angela Kane, Fairytale, Katy & Laney, Ohhh Lulu!, Tessuti, Style, Sense & Sensibility and Sew Spoiled. Phew!
I also have 5 unidentifiable PDF downloads and 6 rub-offs from RTW.
Once my current batch of cut out stuff is finished, I think I need a splurge of sticking PDFs together [I have THIRTEEN unstuck] and then I’ll assemble the next batch for cutting out. I’m off to the markets next week with some sewing buddies [join us if you’re free] and I will need a specific list of stuff to hunt.
Stop yawning, it’s interesting, honest it is!