10 May 2013

MMM '13 Friday Theme Post: My Sewing Space

I am wearing me-made pajamas, which you don't need to see. The MMM photo theme for today is Your Creative Space, so here's mine. Any of you who are embarrassed by the mess in your sewing room may now relax and feel superior.
First: the beating heart from which the flow of creativity gushes forth:

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It's an old computer desk. I slide the machines back and forth to get at the one I want. Miscellaneous little plastic boxes and shelves hold stuff I might need or haven't put away. Whenever I use the serger the table vibrates so much that everything falls off the back. My sewing and general DIY library is on the lowest bookshelf over the desk, where I also tape up the instructions for whatever I worked on last. In this case the instructions are actually live as I finish up Vogue 1291 which I may wear this weekend, if I also make a cami and skirt to wear with it. Yeah.
You can sort of see my pattern stash under the desk in the green baskets. Also under the desk are two grocery bags full of final exams to grade. Their very presence inspires me to sew. Or blog. Or sleep. Anything but grade.

Here is where I carefully catalog my projects:

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I'll explain my system because I know you may want to adopt it. In the upper left corner, below the beer coasters and beside and below the little pink pig, is my fabric stash database. When each new acquisition comes in from fabricmart or wherever, I cut a little piece off the corner, label it with content (if known) and size, and pin it up on the bulletin board. Of course, I haven't gone back and indexed anything I had before I got the bulletin board, but maybe I'll do that now instead of grading exams … . Also tacked up are the downloaded patterns for Three Hours Past's Blank Canvas Tee and Colette's Sorbetto, and the information sheet for Sandra Betzina's pants fitting class on Craftsy. Hey, maybe I'll make a pair of pants this afternoon… . The tea towel was a gift I demanded for my birthday last year: you'll never guess how old I am. I don't remember what's under it but I'm sure it's important.

Then there's my fabric stash itself, and my dress form wearing my nearly complete Vogue 1291.

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The bottom bin is for linings and interfacings, I think. I forget what the top bin was suposed to be for but I can see remnants of stuff I made in the past. Several nice active wear knits, some dupioni silk I got at the ASG convention in Los Angeles a couple years ago and a pretty burnout that Margy of a Fool For Fabric Oops, no, it was Jilly Be at JillyBeJoyful (but it's black and white!) made a lovely top and scarf of but I've just sat on for 3 or 4 years are all hanging in there. It looks pretty bare in there, actually, and I don't have a major league fabric stash, really, but fear not, there's more.

Here's my desk (aka my treadle table with a 1953 Singer 15-91 in it--the treadle machine is pretending to be a knic-knac in the living room) where I write and catalog patterns in an excel spread sheet. And grade. Next to the desk you can see another couple of bins of fabric. I don't know what is in them. The shelves hold some UFOs and bits of yarn and lace.

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Then, finally, there's my … well, my, um, guest bed, which holds stuff I want to alter, or listen to, or read, or put away, or send to somebody else.

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If I ever have another guest I guess I'll have to buy another bin!


  1. This post entertained me a great deal! My sewing space is very often in a terrible state of chaos, which makes me start to question those pristine sewing rooms I see on pinterest and other places. Is it really possible anyone sews there? I don't think so, since sewing is an extremely messy business.

    1. No, I think they clean there. But to each her own.

  2. I am laughing with you through this, and wish I could let myself get this free. I am a bit of an organization freak though I do NOT have OCD. Lately I have been using a basket to store projects in the queue, but I know I'll put it away soon and revert to a list. yes, to each her own.

  3. Unbelievably awesome! Your sewing space has everything: from organization (fabric database!!!) to inspiration (ungraded exams). I am SO adopting your system. I just need to find a bulletin board and a little pig...

    1. Yes the little pig is essential. It is from Cincinnati and wears a T-shirt saying "When Pigs Fly." I don't know what that says about Cincinnati but they had them everywhere.

  4. Hey. At least you have walls. I have bare studs cleverly decorated with yellow insulation and plastic sheeting, complete with random pieces of red carpeting (that the dogs have thrown up on) scattered about the concrete floor. It is a vision.

    1. That space sounds like it has a lot of potential, at least.

  5. I love to read your posts, they always have me laughing. Yes, I'd also like to have a little pink pig but guess my cat will have to do (everything in my sewing room is covered in cat hair). Go grade those exams so you will continue to have a salary to buy fabric.

  6. Oh wow you have a sewing room! You should pick up some hanging shelves from Ikea (they're hideous much like everything else from that hellhole but) they work. I actually have a spare set for when my current one gives way XD I'd pass it to you if we were in the same city. XD