Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] cataloging patternsfound in books
- I have a rather large pattern collection. I created a database with each
record having the brand, designer or line, pattern number, copyright year, a
detailed description, and a remarks column for notes of fabrics
used/intended for, sizes, and any other info I might want to include. I file
the original pattern and evelope in a regular pattern file cabinet, by brand
and in numerical order. If I need to keep additional stuff with a pattern,
I put it in a gallon zipper bag and fold it down and stick it right int he
drawer. I've also started scanning the pattern front envelope or grabbing
the image from the online catalog. Some pattern companies have the envelope
back available as a PDF file. The only problem I have with them, is that
they're usually large. Right now, these images are just being kept in a
separate folder by brand, I'm not linking them to the database.
For patterns in books you could use the book name as the brand, the page
number as the number and the author/editor for the designer.
I would take the necessary time in the beginning to set it up so it will
continue to be useful - this is more important if you are actually using a
database program rather than just a spreadsheet. You could set up a field
for key words, such as bodice, the era, etc. or you could put these words in
the description. Whatever you do, be consistant. Some programs will let
you include pictures and graphics, so you could add something visual if you
I have a large collection of Burda and Neue Mode magazines. I'm scanning
the covers, TOC, the index with the technical line drawings of each pattern
and in the newer Burda, their full color photo "all styles at a glance"
section. I used to know what was in each issue and what each months cover
lookid like, but I've lost a few brain cells. I think I'm just going to use
this as my database, and not bother with verbal descriptions. Before I get
to far into it, I have to play with my scanner a bit and see about reducing
the size of the files.