Sewing Patterns Apps?
I might not be actively sewing but I haven’t given up just yet. In fact, I’ve been buying more patterns, in the hope that I’ll have more time to sew once I’ve gone back to work. It might sound paradoxical but it’s really not. This year home has confirmed to me that caring for your kids at home is the most demanding job on earth, especially at a young age (the kids. Well, the mom too, actually). So give SAHM the respect their deserve 🙂 But back to the topic on hand, I’ve been buying some patterns and looking for ways to sew more from my pattern stash and add less to my fabric stash. I came to the conclusion that I needed a tool that’d allow me to have my pattern stash and infos such as fabric requirements on hand when shopping for fabric. Being the lucky owner of an iPad since last December, I naturally looked for some sort of sewing app. Here’s where I’m at:
- Pattern file: call me cheap but at 22.99$US, I find this to be rather pricey, especially since that doesn’t include the auto fill feature -updates the patterns database when new collections are released- nor the mobile feature. For those, one has to subscribe monthly or yearly. Now I don’t deny that these updates involve work but other non-sewing apps do manage to deliver updates free of charge so why not this one?
- Pattern Pal: This Threads post almost got me take my credit card out and ready, but then I stumbled upon reviews from other hobby seamstresses (like here and here). All in all, it sounded like I’d spend more time putting data in the app than I’d do sewing. Cost: 4.99$US.
- Bento: This is an Apple software where you can create you own sewing pattern database. It sounds interesting, though I wonder how IT-dummy-friendly it is (I’m not an IT specialist…). From what I’ve read, it seems to come with a sewing template database that can be extended according to one’s own needs and wishes. Here’s a review… The price ranges from 4.99$US for the iPhone app, to 49$US for the Mac software.
- Evernote: This is about the same as Bento, except it’s Mac-, PC- and Android-compatible, which could be the reason I’m attracted to this one. Also, is it free?!? In any case, here’s another review…
So tell me, do you use an app on a portable device to manage your pattern and/or fabric stash? Are you satisfied? Would you recommend it?