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( Jan. 27th, 2013 08:33 pm)
My quest to organize the craft room has taken a couple of baby steps.

On New Year's Day D and I ordered four more bookshelves for the office. Somewhat cheapo 5-shelf ones from VoldeMart [*shudder*] but they were what we could afford. They're waiting for us to get rid of a behemoth of a computer desk and hutch that we don't need anymore so we can build them. Dean's gotten a nibble on someone who might be interested in taking it away from us, but nothing more than that.

Last weekend I got a chance to go to Staples to buy a couple more of the large bins I've been getting to put my fabric stash in. I wanted to get two for now, as they're usually $16 each, but they were on sale for $5, so I grabbed all five that were left on the shelf. And I mostly paid for them with the rewards coupons I've been getting from having to buy office supplies for work (that I get reimbursed for, ...eventually), so the cash I took out of my wallet was $1.08. I am the coupon queen.

And this weekend I got email from Simplicity.com telling me they were about to start retiring some patterns, so I started looking at them and picking ones I wanted to go out and buy. (The buying of which will probably involve a trip thirty miles south to the Santa Maria Jo-Ann's, as I don't really want to resort to VoldeMart again and my local small-chain craft store doesn't carry Simplicity patterns anymore.) Then I started wondering which ones I already owned, which started me looking at apps for my iPod Touch that I could use to store the numbers in. I am vaguely embarrassed by the fact that I've bought a few patterns more than once, thinking I didn't already have it.

My research turned up quite a few apps, none of which are free, and most of which wouldn't run on my somewhat antiquated iPod anyway. So Google Docs came to the rescue. I spent most of this weekend entering all the information, including the copyright date, on all the patterns I have (which is enough to fill five of those wonderful cardboard pattern holder boxes, which I also can no longer find at Jo-Ann's for some reason) into a spreadsheet, added images for most of them, and shuffled them all around enough that I'm not sure how useful the pictures will be. But, I have the info in a relatively easily accessible format, and I can somehow download or print it out for the next time I go to a craft store looking for patterns.

Interesting trends in my pattern collection:
  • The word kimono crops up four different times in the pattern descriptions, plus the geisha kimono costume itself, plus the whole book on making Japanese clothing I bought. I really need to make myself a kimono. This. Freaking. Year.

  • I have more Simplicity patterns than I do McCall's, but not many more. Most of the McCall's are hand-me-downs I got from Sherice a long time ago, but I've bought a few since then.

  • I definitely have a bias towards Simplicity patterns. They're the ones I learned on, and they're the ones I understand best.

  • The sole Burda pattern I've purchased is a cape that I made for D for his The Waffler costume (but that I wear to Ren Faire). The free Burdastyle.com printable patterns live on my hard drive. (I downloaded as many as I could before they went to a pay model.)

  • I own a single Vogue pattern, V2859, a bias cut slip gown based off of a 1935 Vintage Vogue design, and it scares the crap out of me. It's pretty close to the exact design I'd been looking for (and the only one like it I've seen that isn't out of print or exorbitantly expensive), but oh my goodness it's daunting. Early on in my sewing career, I was told that Vogue patterns are difficult, which in my brain turned into "Vogue patterns make baby Jesus cry." Because they are not for the faint of heart, nor the inexperienced nor even the semi-experienced.
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