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Help! I’m Drowning in Simplicity Patterns…

13 August 2010 5 Comments

Here are the latest Simplicity patterns I purchased at the $.99 pattern sale at Hancock Fabrics over the weekend. I was disappointed when I got to the first store because the new Fall patterns weren’t in the drawers (shamefully, they were still in the boxes — what a waste!), so I picked up some older patterns for my collection and drove to another store.  I called ahead and asked if they could put a few patterns aside for me, but the cashier said they were doing inventory or something and she couldn’t do it even though they were in stock and the’ve done this for me every other time I’ve called. Whatever. Luckily, they had all of the patterns I was looking for when I got to the store. So here are the patterns….

I was excited to find 2685 (cute bags). I’ve had this on my list for awhile, but I can never find it in stock.

I picked up some patterns for jackets and a random Butterick See & Sew pattern that I just couldn’t resist. I really debated about 2313. Overall, I am not loving this pattern, but I think the pleather leather jacket could be cute (in a different fabric) without the horizontal tabs across the zipper. I also think the jacket with the ruffles could be cute with better fabric and buttons. A few years ago, I tried to make a Vogue DKNY jacket with ruffles (2923), but it ended up in the wadder pile, so I am hopeful that I will have more success with this one.

Of course I had to buy some new dress patterns. I stocked up on Cynthia Rowley since I had so much fun making S2506 (Did I just say that? This dress wasn’t fun at all, but I love how it turned out :).

I also put my 40% off coupon to use and bought a beautiful purple print fabric, which I will use for the new Vogue 1189 Rebecca Taylor Dress. The Black and White print fabrics were 50% off, so I also purchased a solid black fabric for my DVF wrap dress. I also found a pretty black and white print that I was planning to use for the new Vogue 1190 Tracy Reese dress, however, after I got home, I decided that I want to make the dress in a solid color to avoid having to match up the fabric at the seams (Erica Bunker’s fabulous version in my favorite color sealed the deal). So now I have to figure out what to make with the black and white fabric. I’d like to make a sundress and I have 3 yards of a lightweight fabric to play with. Please let me know if you have any pattern suggestions!

As you can see, I bought a lot of new patterns (25 to be exact, but who’s counting?). When I got home, I realized that I didn’t have any more space available in the large filing box I use to store my Simplicity patterns, so I need to buy some new storage. I’ve been saying this for months, but I REALLY need to sit down and make a long-overdue list of all of my patterns to avoid duplicating what I already own. I debated about purchasing several patterns because I couldn’t remember if I already had them. And sure enough, when I got home, I realized that I had purchased a duplicate skirt pattern. However, I am proud of myself for leaving three patterns in the store because I thought I already had them (I was wrong about two of them).

How do you keep track of pattern inventory? I’m thinking about making a list of the patterns in numerical order in my Yahoo Notepad (this is where I store my pattern wishlist) so I can easily retrieve it from my cell phone when I am fabric shopping. I really need some organizing tips!

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  • toy said:

    It is a lot of patterns, wow
    well, I hope you get some sewing done soon
    I love the fabrics, the look like they will take you into fall and winter too

  • Sandi said:

    I keep a database of my patterns on my laptop. I have over 600. Then I make wishlists after looking on the pattern company websites before I go shopping. I store my patterns by type – a basket for dress patterns, tops, wardrobes, etc. plus sep. places for home dec, kids (sorted into similar categories), etc. Hmmm…maybe I need to blog about this!

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks, Toy. I definitely need to get started!

    Sandi: What software program do you use to keep your database? I also make wishlists and check my pattern numbers before I go to the store, but I always deviate from the list when I dig through the drawers and see patterns that catch my eye. Then I can’t remember if I already have it. My pattern storage is not an issue. My patterns are very organized (I store the envelopes in binders organized by type and pattern company and the patterns are stored by company in numerical order in separate boxes), I just need to make the list so I know what I have.

  • adrienne said:

    You love patterns like I do. I have all my on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/10574136@N07/sets/
    It REALLY helps me to know what I have, and it’s easy to look through. WAY easier than just sitting down going through my patterns. The older ones are in the back, and the newer ones are in the front of the drawers they are stored in.


  • simplicity patterns said:

    After numerous years of recorded sewing, I finally wanted to start sewing for my personal wardrobe this year.
    Simplicity 1606 is one of the examples with which I needed to begin – at long last, summer has come to Germany and I suppose it might look exquisite on a day at the lake!
    Also: I suppose it might be the ideal example to use to make a fitted dress for cover with a couple of adjustments. So: If i am the lucky one, Simplicity 1606 might be it.

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