I have a few extra wide magazine files that I got at the Container Store (I think it's this XL file, it's been a while since I ordered them). I am able to fit over a year's worth of magazines in one of these, I think around 18? That's primarily because I have taken the pattern sheets out of most of the magazines and put them in their own file. Now, if you do the math you will realize that 4 years of magazines are not pictured here, that's because I have the recent issues floating around in the room, I need another magazine file to put them in!
I photocopy the "All Styles at a Glance" pages of each issue and place them in plastic sheets in a binder ordered by date, just like Cidell has done. It makes for great bedside reading.
My traced patterns go in plastic protector sheets in their own binder, along with a swatch of fabric and a rough sketch of the garment to help jog my memory. These are also ordered by date and pattern number.
I know some people have really great electronic systems where they download the line drawings & photos from the website and create searchable tags, etc. I would love this but it's more work than I'm willing to put in. What I really want is for BurdaFashion.com to do this for us! I'd love a search feature where you could create your own query using:
Garment type (i.e. top, pants, dress)
Burda/Burda Plus/Easy Fashion
BurdaStyle is developing this search feature for the patterns on their site, and since they are part of the same parent company as BurdaFashion.com, why not share? I asked about this on the Burda Fashion forums but received no reply...
Hello, Hubert Burda Media! Are you listening? I'm willing to help test :)
The Burdastyle Coffee Date dress is done, I am wearing it tonight so I'll post pics this weekend. I have a 2/2009 BWOF dress halfway done to wear to a wedding on Saturday afternoon, so you can guess what I'll be frantically working on Saturday morning...