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Monday, June 24, 2013

My Pattern Hoard

Today has been one of those days.  Most of it was spent doing bookkeeping, not one of my favourite activities.  The end of the financial year looms, and so I will have quite a bit of paperwork to do. 

Then I came home and the light bulb in the sewing room exploded - bits went everywhere.  Not sure if the remaining bit will come out of the fitting or whether the fitting will have to be replaced (again).  This kicked all the fuses out, and everything had to be reset.  

I consoled myself by completing a job I have been working on - putting my patterns in order.  Then I counted them. Always something satisfying about a tidy up ritual.

I have 230 patterns - plus,  4 Sense and Sensibility Patterns. One book of pjyama patterns and one book of Lingerie patterns (not sure why, haven't  yet made any). One book of scarves and shawls.  One book of handbags and carry alls.  5 Burda magazines (growing).

I feel better now - nothing like restoring a bit of order somewhere to restore one's equilibrium :)
 
Sarah Liz :) 

19 comments:

  1. Beautifully organised - 230+ doesn't look like that many when so impeccably ordered! :)

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    1. No, it's amazing how you can rationalise a huge hoard! Just dont look at all the containers of fabric on the floor :)

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  2. I Second Jacq! :)
    P/s I Managed to Pattern Adjust, Cut Into Some Fabric.For.Wearable Muslin For hubby's Shirt... :)

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    1. Thank you Far - and well done - sewing for the significant other is always a challenge :)

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    1. I lokve being orderly Dorothy - opposite to my DH :)

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  4. We are TSAB (twins separated at birth). I also use binders for the pattern envelopes, and put the tissue in ziplocks and then into photo boxes. It keeps everything out of sight, and in a small house, that is essential. Hope your week improves, and you find all the glass.

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  5. Wow! SaraLiz...what an accomplishment. I could take a lesson from you here...my pattern stash could use more organization.

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    1. It wasn''t fun to organise, but I'm glad I did, because everything is easier to find.

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  6. Absolutely wonderful pattern organization.. It does make you feel better ,when you put things in order.. Plus, I love looking at the patterns, as I forget ,what I have.lol
    Sorry about your light bulb... and all the paper work.. NO fun at all.

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    1. No, no fun, but life does that as well :). I love to look at patterns too - and then if you have fabric to hand - well, it's better than a trip to the shop, isn't it:)

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  7. I believe you have me beat, and I have a lot of patterns :) It must feel good to have them organized!

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    1. That means you have scope to catch up then :)

      Yes, I love order :)

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  8. I love sitting down with a cuppa and perusing my pattern collection! But I really must get them in order like you - this looks fantastic. Could I ask, what do you think about the Burda magazines??? Do you subscribe??? I grab a few every-now-and-again from the local libary, but currently only subscribe to the Aussie Stitches and Threads, and last question, how do you store your sewing/craft magazines????

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  9. Hi Judith - I get Burda from my local newsagent - I am not sure that I really like much in the magazine now, but I do like to support local business, so I don't have the heart to cancel. I buy Oz Stitches - I keep them in a magazine holder. I frequently cull magazines - if I haven't used a Burda in twelve months and if I don't like the styles in it, I tend to give it to the op shop. I am not sure how I will store things - I think I need to take out the articles of interest, put them in a folder and dispose of the rest. Another job for another day - the Xmas/New Yr period usually gets assigned these sorts of tasks :)

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  10. PS - I don't subscribe to Aust Stitches - I used to, but I like to support the newsagent, as business is not as good for them as it used to be. That way Stitches still gets the earnings, and my newsagent as well. I am thinking about a subscription to Threads. I have subscribed to Vogue Patterns, but I am not sure that I get what I want from them anymore. Threads looks very good, consistently.

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    1. I know what you mean about subscription v's supporting the local newsagency! I do see the Stitches magazines packaged up in 3's, and they seem to be a good price. Only problem with Stitches is that about 3/4 of the mag is actually adds! Drives me crazy as it is the same adds in every magazine, with just a few new tips and tricks along the way.

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    2. I quite agree with your comment about Aust Stitches - it used to be excellent. It seems to focus on only a few contributors instead of tapping into more talent, so I am not sure what will happen in due course.

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