Right now, here as it happens, fancy a peep in the den I've created ? My escape hatch to the sewing heavens? I'm afraid I've not cleaned it or tidied it, you'll have to accept it as it is because there is just about to be sewing in progress……
I've an attic room which has lots of nooks and crannies and a lush red carpet.
Gary has recently fitted me up these shelves and after an ikea stock up ( in may, so dont ask me to remember whats what!) with various storage solutions it's operational. I love having everything on hand – beakers hang off that under shelf rail containing markers, screwdriver, rulers, unpickers. Another contains pens and pencils. Another machine needles, tracing wheel, self cover buttons ( actually all the bits and bobs that usually floats around). The hanging basket shelf keeps my big scissors safe, whilst I've s hooks to put my small scissors and thread snippers on. Have you seen the magnetic strip? It's genius, I've not only got the pots filled with measures, snap fasteners etc on it, but things like bulldog clips stick to it and can be used to secure scraps / paper notes / knickers pattern or my bound button hole sample if I fancy admiring it!
Then the light shines through from the window across the wall, and I've got jars of buttons and mini perfume bottles to catch it. I use the perfume bottles as pattern weights by the way, and they Are just so pretty….
Now I LOVE my thread organisation! Before the reels were lumped into a basket. Now I've recycled those glass GU pudding pots and sorted the thread into colours and plopped on top of a cupcake stand. It makes me happy!! There's a DVD rack with my planned patterns in it, to keep me on track!
Gary doesn't truly appreciate what a difference he's made- i feel so better organised now and it's psychological as well as practical! I am going to decorate it with pretties, I have plans to crochet bunting and hang it from the shelves ( aaahhhh!!)
I've squeezed in a cutting table…it's not huge, but I can just about get around both long edges. Sometimes I have to cut out on the floor, but I can live with that. The mirror feels like a real luxury, right here, next to my sewing machine, poised ready for better trying on and fitting!!
The desk is really useful for sewing, I've had it a while now. It's got a glass top with a shelf that allows you to keep instructions underneath your sewing surface. It's also got shelves built into its trestles, filled with books and my knit jersey collection!
I didn't take pics of the ironing board side by side to my table, nor the storage for patterns and fabric. That's less interesting I think. And you've seen my dummy recently, it's still much loved and very much in my sights as I sew. Due to the sloping roof, there are limitations where it can stand though!! Fancy checking out what I'm about to get sewing on?
I've got two of these awesome pattern drafting books, Chinese from the early 70s. They were my mum's and I see that she has left her child's pattern block inside made from newspaper ( ahh, wonder what it was she made from this book?) I love looking through them, they cover a whole wardrobe from blouses, tops, skirts and trousers to suits and coats, “resort wear”, maternity and children's wear. I even got my apron pattern from here….here are a couple of teasers…
Adorable!!!! I love the dress on the left with the contrast piping/ banding and the shape of the collars. See the anchor belt buckle- cute!
There's something about this top that makes me swoon….Peter pan collar, sleeveless and lace. It's definitely one to remember to add to my list….and what am I thinking of making then?
Bit more seasonally appropriate with long sleeves. You can see the fabric in the first pic. It has piping and rouleau loops. Cute but do I have enough sewing nouse to work out how to make it without detailed instructions?! I've already cut it out without a back zip, hmmmmm, getting in and out of it should be interesting!!
Ok that's me done, sorry about the strange pic placement, I'm trying to write this on iPad and just learning!
Have a great weekend everyone, happy sewing