I have collected a large number of patterns which I currently keep in a 3 draw chest, however its really difficult for me to find what I want, and normally means I have to just flick through all the patterns and hope I find it sooner than later.
I mentioned to Mike I needed something and wanted to create a database, and he said he had Bento on his laptop and looked so see if it would work for my patterns. There are already kind people who have done the hard work for you and I used an existing template, and then added some extra fields.
This screen is showing all the sewing patterns, but you can enter them into specific categories, i.e pants, skirts, tops etc.
Below is the screen for those patterns that fall into the "pants" category.
On this screen I have selected McCalls 6440 and you can see an image of the pattern cover, the line drawing, make and number of the pattern. I have created a new field called ID so when I enter a new pattern on the system, it gives it an automatic ID number (this is an option you need to select). Once the number is allocated, I write this number on the pattern cover and I am now storing the patterns in this numerical order.
I have also added a link to PR so that before I sew I can see what other people have thought about the pattern and any problems they encountered, and lastly another link that takes me to my blog if I have made up this pattern.
This next screen is produced when you click the fabric tab, and allows you to enter the information on fabrics, notions etc.
Needless to say, I went to the respective pattern companies, and copy and pasted the photos and the information.