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People often ask how we like to organize our patterns. Zede and I are firmly on #TeamTrace, meaning that we preserve our original sewing patterns by tracing our desired size on medical tracing paper and cut only the tracing paper. This isn’t everyone’s preference. There are passionate people on #TeamCutThatSh*tOut. Woe unto those who need a different size after cutting, but those people find a way to justify their actions, and this isn’t the post where I try to convince those people. This is.
If you do things the *right* way, we’ve got an entertaining and efficient way to store those traced patterns.
We store our traced, cut and folded patterns in 9″x6″ poly bags. They end up being the same size as most commercial printed patterns, and they file in shoe boxes or file cabinet. You can write on the bags with permanent marker, make your own labels, or…..
We made some super cute labels for them! If you like our podcasts, live broadcasts in the Facebook group, and our all around fun sewing media, you can purchase some super useful printable to keep your patterns organized and to note any changes or modifications you made.
How SewHere Pattern Labeling Sheets Work
After your purchase the Pattern Labeling Sheets, you’ll be able to download and print them any time by visiting your profile page. There are four designs. Print them all, or choose a favorite to print over and over!
I’m kind of terrible at all things organizational, so these are really helpful for me. One side of the sheet has a fabulous hand-drawn design (by moi) and a place for the Pattern Name, Wearer, Size, and Date.
While that’s the sexier side, the opposite side is equally awesome. It has a place for:
- Body Measurements
- Pattern Adjustments
- Notions and Fabrics (types/sources)
- Tools and Machine Stitches/Settings
- Problem Areas/Reflections.
Isn’t it the worst when you know that you had to make some adjustments or changes to a pattern, but you don’t know what they were? Wouldn’t it be nice to start a project and know that you should get out the hammer or that you should use a longer stitch length when you attach that lapel facing? That’s what the back side is all about. It’s like a journal about your sewing experience.
Here are my notes for my first pair of Ginger Jeans:
Body Measurements: W- 31″ H- 40″
Pattern Adjustments: no adjustments, but decreased seam allowance at calf. Sew right on the edge of fabric to accommodate calf.
Notions and Fabrics (types/source): Cone Mills Denim from SewHere.com, Jeans Button. Use a SnapSource Snap next time!
Tools and Machine Stitches/Settings: Hammer for Seams, Hancy Pencil. Mettler Topstitch Thread, Floriani for Buttonholes and bar tacks. Jane for Topstitching stitch length 4, DO NOT backstitch. 5-Thread Safety Stitch on Ovation for Construction- length 4.
Problem Areas/Reflections: 7 months postpartum, might want smaller size soon. Pockets are confusing.
You can jot down these details in a journal, on a plain sheet of paper, or be an awesome sew-porter and buy the sheets from us by clicking the button below- price goes up to $1.99 next week on July 11!
Sew Long and Sew Happy!