Ten years ago, I was in grad school studying the way people interact with technology.
At the time, smart phones were just starting to become popular here in the US. The idea of a camera/phone hybrid was still new and people were figuring out how they might be useful. I remember the first time I thought to take a picture of my box of almond milk, so I could remember what style to pick up at Trader Joe’s. Weird to think that was a novel idea at one time.
Today, I use my phone for everything. Like many of us, I make lists, I capture ideas, I explore photos. I’ve found it particularly helpful for organizing and planning my sewing ideas.
I thought I’d share some of the apps I’ve found most helpful.
I’ve used Evernote for years to organize my notes, but in the last year I’ve become a diehard fanatic.
Why? Evernote is super simple and flexible. I can use it to make to-do lists, organize notes into groups (called “notebooks”), tag individual notes, and share notebooks with other people.
Best of all when it comes to sewing, I can take a photo with my phone and upload it right then and there. It’s great for capturing ideas on your phone, tablet, or computer.
This is a newer one for me, but I’ve found it a pretty neat tool, especially in conjuction with a note-taking tool like Evernote. Skitch lets you take a photo with your phone, then easily annotate it with text, arrows, and more.
You can use Skitch to take a photo of a garment you like, and mark the elements that inspire your own sewing project.
You could also use it to take notes when you’re fitting a muslin. Often, problems are more apparent in photos and easier to analyze than in a mirror.
You probably already use Pinterest, so this might not be news to you. But lately, I’ve been using Pinterest to plan individual sewing projects and create a queue of sorts. I create a board for each individual project I want to make, then pin patterns, fabric, and inspiration. When I’m done with the project, I just delete the board.
You can use Pinterest on your phone and upload photos of fabric you see when you’re at the store, too. It’s handy.
Another one that’s been around for a while. I kind of feel like I’m in the 1% minority of people over 30 who use Polyvore, but whatever.
What I like about polyvore is that you can create outfit ideas and capsule wardrobe ideas pretty easily. I find this useful before I actually start a new project, because it gives me a better idea of how I’ll actually wear it.
5. Tap Forms
You could also use it to organize your fabric stash, though keeping it up to date is always the tricky part where fabric is concerned.
The Strides app is a little different. It’s designed to help you set and track your goals.
You add a goal to the app, and set how often you’d like it to remind you. You can set all kinds of goals. For example, you can set a goal to sew twice a week and track that. Or, you could set a goal to finish 10 garments by a certain date. You can even set a goal of completing an average number of projects a month.
The app lets you track your progress over time, and reminds you to update your goal. It’s pretty cool.
What are your favorite apps for organizing and planning your sewing? Share yours in the comments!