…. Has a silver lining, & I tend to live by that mantra. In this case, the cloud was the cruel (to me) departure of my youngest born, to University. The silver lining?
Why I get to move my sewing paraphernalia only into the BEST room in the house – the loft room.
Can I let you into a secret? Despite my hectic goings on & inability to keep up with the Self Stitched September Flickr group, sew very much or even blog that often I managed to find time, amidst my tears of yearning, to shift a mattress down a flight & the essential sewing equipment (the desk, two machines and the ironing board, plus tools) up into “my new sewing room”.
And what’s more, I have spent the odd wondrous evening in here with an ambient breeze wafting with both Velux windows open, fiddling around with a spot of sewing knit tops (because they “happen” so quickly, don’t they? - To come in a later post), listening to music & DAB radio (BBC R4 Extra is a new find!). I have even done ironing up here watching iPlayer.
I have two tables – one purely for cutting out! The luxury! And there is definitely room for my tailor’s dummy (if you hear me Father Christmas? )
I have only half moved in though. The room downstairs still has fabric, patterns & books that require organising & housing up here. There are some very untidy areas with youngest’s bits & bobs that need dealing with.
This desk is fab though, it’s an IKEA desk that has trestles with deep shelves, plus a raised glass top with display space underneath it – perfect for putting pattern instructions to read underneath whilst you sew! Also the permanent residence for the quick reference instructions for the Overlocker!
And the fun thing? This is a bare room with a lush red carpet. I still need to make it pretty with pictures, shelving & those gadgets that any sorted dressmaker would have in her sewing room. Claire’s (at SewIncidentally) recent post inspired me to write this, as she has done some major room overhauling & has some great links to real sewing rooms, which I will digest. Thanks Claire!
What are your tips & tricks for organising a sewing space (& all that kit we accumulate?)
In the meantime, I am aware that I have to get on with sewing my Bombshell dress (so far- pattern printed & taped, fabric purchased – progress!). I am also going to do a Self Stitched September post, perhaps to help with my autumn sewing plans, since it was only due to September being warm that my aim to wear only me mades didn’t completely flounder …..But more of that later. I need to get my long run in before it gets too hot (& here I am brewing some kind of cold – 3 weeks to the next Half – yikes!! Why???!!)