Today I wanted to share my sewing space with everyone.
I wish I was posting my Sassy Librarian Blouse but fate has conspired against a photo shoot. It shouldn’t be much longer.
It can be a little addictive to look at people’s sewing rooms online. An entire room to put their hobby in!
It’s something I dream of having when we move and is a big factor for me in selecting a new house.
When I start drooling I try to stop and think:
“Is something frustrating me about my sewing space which I could easily fix?”
This weekend was a day to get things in order.
A quick ikea trip and some ruthless stash sorting has made a wealth of difference.
It’s not the most spacious and glamorous area but it works for me in my teeny flat.
I’ve got some space on my bookshelf for sewing books, magazines and pattern books.
My mannequin Beryl fits behind the sofa ready and waiting for fitting tasks.
I use a drop leaf dining table as my sewing table which has its flaws but helpfully it can hold my cantilever sewing box, machine, serger and spool holder.
I have an ikea storage unit with big teal boxes for all my fabric; I have winter weight fabric in one, summer weights and what-not in a second, ufos and re-fashions in a third, and scraps in the fourth. My vogue calendar hangs from the side keeping me inspired.
My patterns sit in two expanding box files just out of sight but always in reach, along with my rulers, cutting mat, and new tailor’s aubergine!
So there you have it, a look into how I’ve squeezed a sewing area into my living room.
Today has also been about pre-washing fabric.
The fantastic folk at Minerva Crafts have sent me this luscious viscose and New Look pattern 6069.
But more about that later…
In sewing related news, I have yet to finish my red polka dot skirt. I had to try finishing by carrying the machine through to the bedroom with a little table to work on while Jimi had his friend’s round for boy’s night but failed.
I have also figured out why my Ikea scribbly dot print dress just doesn’t seem right.
1) The neckline was way too high… hitting my throat high! I’m lowering it with crafty tactics to what you see on the mannequin. Much more flattering!
2) I need a haircut. Can’t look nice in a prim dress if you have scraggly ratty hair.
3) I have a stinking cold. Trying the dress on highlights how pasty and tired I am which is never going to help me like the dress.
So there you have it! THREE legitimate reasons to leave the dress alone in order to like it more.
By the way I’ve got a new addiction… in addition to sewing, I am also now addicted to singing songs where I change the lyrics to be about sewing. I may be turning a little deranged.
Terrible, I know, but super fun! You should try it. Adam and Joe call it “A-pop-riation” (instead of Appropriation) on their radio show, where you sing the menial tasks of the day.
You may remember I posted about changing the Prince song to “Little Red Lace Dress”. Lately I’ve been altering Michael Jackson’s “Got to be starting something” to “Got to be sewing something” as that pretty much is my default state lately.
I’ve also been shouting in the style of Basement Jaxx when things are missing “WHERE’S MY PIN’S AT, AT, AT….” which is more fun than saying “Where’s your head at”.
And finally singing “Hold me closer tiny serger” when using my baby Singer overlocker. Sure Elton wouldn’t mind.
Oh and I’ve nicknamed the overlocker “Sergei”… Let’s not worry too much about that.
That means my mannequin has a name: Beryl, Sergei the Singer is taken care of, but my machine is yet to be named! Sure I’ll come up with something.
I’ve also been spending a lot of time day dreaming/planning…