Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Digest Number 1392
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From: "The Costume Shop" <rermisch@...>
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 9:07 PM
Subject: Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Digest Number 1392
> I have a shop that has undergone several reincarnations. I do keep most
> my patterns in a filing cabinet but I like the horizontaly wide kind of
> cabinet . It is less deep and therefore easier to search for the
> pattern that you need at present, (usually when time is important).
I have a four-drawer filing cabinet in which I keep my patterns.
The top drawer is all Simplicity costume patterns, arranged in numerical
order. The next drawer is McCalls, and a few Butterick patterns (again, all
The third drawer, and the one I find myself opening the most, is the
patterns from the smaller companies. I have my Reconstructing History
patterns, Alter Years, Fantasy Fashions, and Period Patterns all in this
drawer. The Margo Anderson patterns are bulky enough that they are stored in
a BIG three-ring binder along with their manual. These patterns get LOTS of
The final drawer is craft patterns (purses, dolls, etc) and the few regular
clothing patterns I bother to purchase. I enjoy costume sewing much more
than everyday clothing!
The other thing I do is to transfer every pattern, once opened, into gallon
sized freezer bags. I put the pattern envelope in the front. Saves trying to
cram everything back in that little paper envelope!
Fabric storage, OTOH, is a real problem. I don't have an enormous stash, but
it does take up space! Especially since nearly all of it is four yard or
longer pieces--hard to get an Elizabethan gown out of less than six yards of
60" fabric! I have small children, so even if I had the space, a separate
workroom is not currently feasible. I sew at the kitchen table. I have a big
old footlocker in the kitchen right, but it's so crammed with fabric it
doesn't even close, and fabric on rolls is in the 3 y.o.'s bedroom closet.
(Hey, he doesn't have anything that needs to be hung yet, it's a convenient