I am very proud to announce that the Sewing Pattern Buddy app for Android has finally been released!!!
Basically, it allows you to catalogue your entire pattern collection (PDFs & books included) – it’s like having your entire pattern collection at your fingertips, no matter where you are! You can search, sort and filter your patterns to find the exact pattern you want, and see it’s details, in detail!
Check out the video below for a quick overview – I apologise for the music choice, it seemed like a good idea at the time! 😀
So I just want to explain a little bit about how I came to write the Sewing Pattern Buddy app.
A few years ago I discovered vintage reproduction patterns, and fell in love with the gorgeous details of the clothing from the past, especially the 1950’s. I made a dress from a 50’s Vogue reproduction pattern, which was the most difficult thing I had ever made. However, I love the dress and it always receives a lot of admiration when I wear it.
I then thought, “Oh I wonder if you can buy any original sewing patterns?” Yep, that was the start of my insatiable need to “protect” as many of these beautiful vintage patterns as I could lay my hands on!
Soon my pattern collection was getting out of hand, I needed to organise it somehow. It was tedious going through every pattern to see what size it was and how much fabric it needed and were all the pieces there, etc. when deciding what to make next.
I also found that sometimes when I was at the fabric shop, I would see some fabric which would be perfect for a particular pattern, but I had no idea how much I needed to buy, so I wouldn’t buy it, or would buy some and hope it was enough!
So I tried to store pattern details in a database app on my phone. It was OK, but I couldn’t organise the information in a way which was really useful, and I couldn’t sort my patterns by bust size for example.
Maybe there was another app out there which was written for us sewers? I looked but didn’t find many and those I did find just didn’t do what I needed.
There was nothing else for it – I would have to write the app myself! 😮
I made a list of all the things I thought would be useful for the app to store and be able to do. I then put a post on a couple of facebook groups which are full of vintage sewing enthusiasts, asking them if I’d missed off anything. OMG! About 4 hours later I finally took a break from replying to the excited conversations, answers, and suggestions which I received! It seemed that I wasn’t the only one who needed this app!
That was a year ago. I wanted to design it in such a way that all the information you could ever wish to store about a pattern could be entered. I’ve worked very hard on this as I wanted it to be useful to all sewers who have pattern collections – vintage, modern or both.
There have been some screenshots throughout this blog page, which I hope has ignited some interest, but there’s loads more information, videos and screenshots on the app webpage
If you fancy giving the app a go, you can find it on the Google Play Store.
For those of you with an iPhone, due to the interest received so far from iPhone users, a version of the app for you is being planned. However I have to learn quite a bit of new stuff first, so give me a little time! 😀