Friday, December 28, 2012

Patterns: Taking Stock...

Inspired by Mel I decided to count my patterns. Unsurprisingly really, I had more than I would have guessed. There are 69 envelopes in my pattern box, of which 15 of those are 'self drafted' patterns* which I decided to exclude - leaving 54 patterns in my pattern stash.

36 of 53 patterns have been used!
Before starting I hazarded a guess on twitter that I'd used more than half of them - and I was correct! In fact I have used 36 of the 54 patterns, so a whopping 2/3 of them! Even when you factor patterns that yielded unsuccessful garments for one reason or another, I'm still doing alright, with 83% of tried patterns giving successful garments, which is over 50% of all of the patterns:

29 Patterns have yielded successful results!

I own patterns from 14 different companies/designers. The company I have by far the most of is Simplicity! 31 of my patterns are 'contemporary' (big 4 etc), 13 independent, 7 vintage and 3 from books.


Number of patterns from different companies/designers

By far the most numerous type of pattern I have is dresses, followed by tops, and then skirts. However I have only used just over half of the dress patterns, but all of the jacket, trousers/shorts and costumes patterns.

The types of patterns I own and how many have been used
Of the patterns that I've used, most of them (23) have been used once, 10 have been used twice, but two stand out as being used over and over; with 5 uses the second most used pattern is the Jenny skirt by Burdastyle. But a clear winner the most used pattern I own, with 7 uses, is the Wizard of Oz pattern (Simplicity 7808), which has been used to make a Dorothy costume, a Snow White costume and 5 Sailor Scout costumes.


How many times I've used the patterns

I could go on, but I won't bore you anymore! Have you ever taken inventory of the patterns you own and which ones you've used?


*self-drafted is in quotes as though some actually are self-drafted, some are heavy alterations of other patterns, or have been traced off dead or existing garments

17 comments:

  1. Off to do it right now - fingers crossed for no unpleasant surprises in the numbers (or else I might just have to jiggle them a little) ...J

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  2. I've been meaning to do this! My pattern collection exploded this year! Sadly, the population of my wardrobe did not...

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    1. It's a good exercise, if nothing else it reminds you what you have

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  3. I use Bento to organise & catalogue my patterns. Right now there are 389 but there's plenty of room for more!

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    1. Woah! 389?! That's an amazing number!!!

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  4. This is fantastic! I don't have enough to do this but I'm keeping it in mind for future spreadsheet funtimes.

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    1. If you're a spreadsheet tracking as you go person, i highly recommend it! add it as another sheet to your fabric one?

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  5. Oh I do love a good graph! What an interesting way to track your sewing. Love it!

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    1. Me too! I make graphs at work, and have now started making them at home too, oops!

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  6. Oh wow! Someone likes graphs much.... But not as much as sailor moon!

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    1. in my defense I only have one of the sailor scout costumes, the other 4 were for other people!

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  7. Love this! I have just done my fabric stash measure and store so patterns are next on my list. Must. Make. Rad. Graphs.

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    1. I used infogr.am to make the graphs :)

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  8. I really enjoy this kind of analytic post, it's good to reflect on the past year! I should really do this, but with the amount of Burda magazines I own, the number of patterns explode :) I wonder how I should count these. But I clearly haven't used half of them...

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    1. I decided that book patterns I haven't traced and (free) downloaded patterns i haven't printed don't count. If i had magazines I'd say not to count any that haven't been traced. It probably skews towards ones I've used but figure i didn't just get the book(s) for the patterns but the information in them too.

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  9. I can't do it. I recently tallied up the cost of my unused Burda mags and it took to on a flight to London. Too heartbreaking.

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