My mom started collecting sewing patterns back in the eighties, we have a lovely selection of billowy nightgown and robe patterns, and I started collecting them about 5 years ago. Between the two of us we’ve managed to amass a rather, ahem, modest collection of patterns (cut and uncut) and the way we’ve always organized them leaves a lot to be desired.
Pattern Review is the go-to site for sewing pattern reviews, but if you want more than 20 patterns in your pattern stash, you need to pay. I don’t like paying for things that I know I can do myself, something about it being a waste of money and me being a tightwad. How hard can it be to design a pattern organization template?
So far I’ve come up with a few things that will be required. They include: pattern sizing (both which one you have and what sizes are available.) Yardage information, line drawings and links to Pattern Review… none of which will be automatic. If I were still working with Textpattern I know exactly what I’d do:
I’d set up a new section for the patterns and point it towards a custom template. The custom template would call custom forms, within those custom forms pattern information is entered by hand. The post is set to the new section and bam! Everything works. With WordPress I’m a little more lost, but I’m sure it can’t be that much harder to do with WordPress. In fact, there’s probably a plugin or two that will help… I hope.
I’m still pondering whether or not to release this to the general public. Is there a call for it? I think so, the two pattern organizers that are out there both require money to use. But whether or not people still want something that doesn’t do everything automatically for them, I don’t know.
Here’s a quick mockup I did, hopefully it better illustrates what I hope to accomplish with this theme.