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...
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 ...
|This is not pretty! Not for a sewing room.
|The prettiest little sewing room ever!
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.
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
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.
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.
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