Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Great WSBN sewing room tour

It's probably really well known around the sewing bloggers that the WSBN are always up to something either in real life or in cyberland - gee I can barely keep up with the FB Group we have!  But then one of our lovely members (Gemma at suggested we should do a sewing room tour to get us out of our winter slump and ready for spring - oh yeah, who wouldn't want to do this! 

I think I've said before, that in March my eldest daughter moved to Australia which meant for the first time ever, I could have my own wee sewing room, and return the dining room to it's original purpose.  When I say wee, it is really wee compared to others I've seen on the WSBN sewing room tour.  Only 3.25m x 2.25m with a window on one long wall and the door on the short wall...
Sewing room plan

I started planning before my daughter had even left home (sad I know!), well this is what I had finally settled on.  I purchased the furniture second hand knowing the dimensions of the room were limiting - then they sat in the shed while I renovated the room.  Yep, I decided that if I was going to have a new sewing room then it needed to feel sparkly new.  Let me show you a picture of the pre-renovation room ...

Renovate sewing room
This is not pretty!  Not for a sewing room.
Well, I could write a detailed book about my first ever renovation project (which I did all by my little self), but I won't bore you with that detail, so let me just wave my little magic Cinderella wand ... abbra-ka-dabbra  *poof* ...
Sewing room
The prettiest little sewing room ever!
As you can see, it didn't go exactly accordingly to my original plans - I forgot to take into consideration the dress form (that doesn't have a name btw!) and the set of draws I inherited from daughter #2.  There is just enough room for me to scoot around on my re-purposed office chair (currently draped in a blanket, that I usually wrap around my legs, cause it's winter!).

Let's go around the room clockwise starting at the 9 - the ironing board is in the original location and you can see the blue end just in the photo, and just below that, the brown paper bag on the floor filled with fabric - I should be honest there is actually three bags, you just can't see them, hehehe!

Then at 10 is my hand work space with the ipad, cause I always like to watch things while I sew.  At 11 is my dress form, a Singer 150 which I bought a cover for - I don't think I could look at that bright red colour for too long.  I also like that I don't have to navigate the gaps when I'm using it.

At 12 are my sewing machines - my Janome DC6030 (purchased just 18 months ago) and overlocker Globelock M-4 which I inherited from my mother and had serviced.  It's okay but doesn't much like the sheer fabrics.  Next are the draws where I stash my patterns, muslins, interfacing, basket of threads, and the like.

Then at 3 you have my cutting table.  Yeah it's not very tall but I'm still trying to come up with a plan to elevate it more.  Then ... underneath the table are a few more bags spewing fabric!  Behind the door are my rolls of tracing paper, waxed tracing sheets and a roll of calico.

Day13 #mmmay14 today is lace dress day #Burda #sewcialist  Day27 #mmmay14 @victorypatterns #chloe dress and @papercutpatterns circle top  Day23 #memademay14 @cakeatwork #hummingbird tee and @papercutpatterns #Circletop and my fav RTW jeans #sewcialist
Most of my Me-Made-May photos where taken in this room

But sadly today I've moved out of my room so it can be converted back to a bedroom, and I'm taking up residence in the dining room again.  This time not on the dining room table!  I now have a corner of the room with all my furniture nicely arranged

Today was a bit cold so the dehumidifier is still working on clearing the condensation!
Being back in the dining room I can be right in front of the fire in winter and get the best view in summer.  The light in the new space isn't that great at night but loads of natural light during the day.  It will be perfect now that we are heading into summer and daylight savings :-)


What you didn't see in previous photos was my wee set of draws with my scissors, zipper stash, elastics, trims and other bits and pieces.

Where is her fabric stash I hear you say ... very valid question.  I never like to admit that I have a stash that keeps mutating, so it's hidden in a couple of places.  Here is cupboard one - originally the stash only took up two shelves in this cupboard (with room to breath); now it's stuffed into three!


Now let's take a walk downstairs and into my linen cupboards just outside the laundry ...


... hahaha you still cant' see any fabric.  Come on, a little hide-n-seek is always fun :-)  As you may have guessed those are all bags from The Fabric Store, cause that is seriously my favourite fabric shop!

You also may have noticed that there isn't any work-in-progress.  Right now I'm trying to decide what to make next.  On my dress form is my recently finished Pavot jacket that is awaiting a decision on buttons - luckily Pavot is patient :-)

I've also just finished a Marfy top as a wearable muslin.  I'm tempted to make some changes and sew it all over again, but I don't feel like doing that right now.

I've just purchased the new Jenna Cardi and could make that up is this pretty merino, but I have to go to the office to print the PDF, and well that's not gonna happen today.

I've got some beautiful wool crepe to make this Marfy dress, but I will need to go buy some lining appropriate for the fabric.  I also have another Marfy jacket that I want to make - but these are serious time consuming projects.
Sewing room plan
Then I want to make a Belcarra dress with this as inspiration, but will also need to make the slip dress underneath.

I have two Papercut Patterns that I'm keen to make a start on; the Coppelia wrap top from this pretty blue merino and some Ooh la Leggings from this shinny merino blend :-)


Then I've got a master plan to sew a little something for the Pattern Review Frankenpattern contest, mainly because the contest master is Heather B, and morphing a couple of patterns together is always fun.  I'm undecided at the moment what exactly I'm gonna make.

So many options, so many decisions, so many patterns, so much fabric, I'm exhausted just thinking about it!  .... while sitting here looking out the window, at this little slice of heaven ...

Today was rather overcast and the ocean a bit rough, but on a good day, it is beautiful.
... it has come to me, so gotta go, got some frankening to work out *mwahaahaa*

PS. If you're interested in more photos of my sewing room 'that was' and 'that is now', head on over to my Flickr -->

Edit note:  hopefully you can see all the photos in this post - I've had some trouble with Flickr goggling my images.  Please email me if you can see them and I'll try and fix again xx  

Edit note 2:  Full list of the WSBN Tour
1st: Gemma at 66 Stitches
2nd: Laura at Laulipopnz
4th: Nikki at NikkiStitches
5th: Juliet at Crazy Gypsy Chronicles
6th: Sandra at SewistStitch
7th: Sophie-Lee at Two Random Words
8th: Kat at Macskakat
9th: Holly at Polycraftual
10th: MaryLouise at Thanks I made this myself
11th: Nina at Ninavirgo
12th: Sandra at FlossieFT
13th: Melissa at The Curous Kiwi
14th: Zara at Off-Grid Chic
15th: Crafty Mermaid
16th: Gillian at Sewing Down Under
17th: Leimomi at The Dreamstress
18th: Teresa at Adventures of a Girl from the Naki
19th: Joy at Acharmofmagpies
20th: Nicola at Silvern Swan
21st: Jenna at Ruby Dust
22nd: MrsC from Sent from my iRon
22nd: Elisabeth


  1. I wouldn't have thought it possible, but I think you just totally blew my perception of what a large stash looks like! I guess I'm going to have to take photos of what all of mine looks like in a couple of weeks though, but I think yours may well beat mine (including the business stash!).

    1. Oh no, and I didn't think my stash was that big - probably because I hide it, hehehe. But isn't it funny, when I want to sewing something particular I can't find the right fabric in that stash!!

  2. Weird, when I read this late last night all of the photos were there, but now there's just a bunch of Flickr messages telling me I'm out of luck!

    Thanks so much for the tour, I loved seeing the two different rooms set up! It's amazing what you can do with a small space if you plan it out (I use paper cut-outs too!)

    Also, it constantly amazes and impresses me that you make Marfy patterns and can't wait to see that dress made up!

    1. OMG that was super annoying, I just had to go and upload all those photos into Flickr and insert the links all over again. I swear something the cloud is this big gobble monster! Hopefully you can see all my hardwork now :-)

      Paper cut-outs are fun, saves all the huff and puff of actually moving the furniture around. I'm building myself up for a couple of Marfy patterns that are really gonna challenge me, so getting a few easier ones under my belt first - get the confidence up!

  3. Oh what a shame your sewing room has to return to a bed room but it certainly doesn't seem to affect your sewing output! �� I am loving all our sewing room sneak peeks and is hilarious that you describe us as "always up to something" so true!

    1. It is so refreshing that so many young people are sewing (and knitting), and always doing stuff that involves sewing and always coming up with things to do that involves sewing - I was such a lone sole in my twenties when it came to these hobbies. I am enjoying my sewing so much more now even those I don't join in many things IRL. WSBN rocks!

  4. I was honestly thinking "wow, Sandra's room is so nice, she is so organised, she must only buy fabric when she plans to use it straight away". Glad to see you are as stashy as all of us (and perhaps even stashier!). Those Fabric Store bags work well, don't they?

    1. I was thinking exactly the same thing Gemma. Sandra, your room is so beautiful and tidy, it's so organised and there's not much fabric in sight. When I looked at your first cupboard I thought that wasn't such a huge stash, then I laughed and laughed when I saw your cupboard full of bags. Love it! :-)

    2. Yeah, I'm a bit of a neat freak! My brain doesn't work well when surrounded by clutter and I can't focus. I realise this makes me not normal for the most part, but I'm okay with that :-) My stash is really a stash ... stashed away!