If you were to meet me and see my house, my office or any other place that is mine, you’d probably get the impression that I’m messy. Also, it would be a pretty correct impression. But what most people don’t realise is that even in my mess I know where everything is. In school, when my desk was a mess, I could find what I was looking for instantly. In my room, which was covered in clothes, I knew where everything went.
It’s still the same, although now I aim to keep it more tidy. My sewing room is one of the few places I always try and keep tidy. After each project I’ve told myself I must clean the desk, from everything, which includes the things that had nothing to do with the particular project.
My patterns is actually one of the few things I keep in order.
I bought a box, destined for LP records, and use it for my cut outs. I place the pattern pieces in ziplock bags and write pattern name, number and size on the bag. The box can hold many patterns. For the multi-sized patterns I bought a wide magazine collector to put them in. It’s starting to get full, so I might need a new one soon (or maybe I should get through the patterns I have before acquiring new ones).
So, the bottom shelf of my sewing room bookcase. A paper collector of patterns and a box filled with cutouts. On the shelf above I have matching binders with articles about sewing; techniques and fashion.