Spy my sewing space

7 Jul

Today I wanted to share my sewing space with everyone.

see through sewing space

I wish I was posting my Sassy Librarian Blouse but fate has conspired against a photo shoot. It shouldn’t be much longer.

It can be a little addictive to look at people’s sewing rooms online. An entire room to put their hobby in!

It’s something I dream of having when we move and is a big factor for me in selecting a new house.

When I start drooling I try to stop and think:

“Is something frustrating me about my sewing space which I could easily fix?”

This weekend was a day to get things in order.

A quick ikea trip and some ruthless stash sorting has made a wealth of difference.

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It’s not the most spacious and glamorous area but it works for me in my teeny flat.

I’ve got some space on my bookshelf for sewing books, magazines and pattern books.

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My mannequin Beryl fits behind the sofa ready and waiting for fitting tasks.

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I use a drop leaf dining table as my sewing table which has its flaws but helpfully it can hold my cantilever sewing box, machine, serger and spool holder.

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I have an ikea storage unit with big teal boxes for all my fabric; I have winter weight fabric in one, summer weights and what-not in a second, ufos and re-fashions in a third, and scraps in the fourth. My vogue calendar hangs from the side keeping me inspired.

My patterns sit in two expanding box files just out of sight but always in reach, along with my rulers, cutting mat, and new tailor’s aubergine!

So there you have it, a look into how I’ve squeezed a sewing area into my living room.

Today has also been about  pre-washing fabric.

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The fantastic folk at Minerva Crafts have sent me this luscious viscose and New Look pattern 6069.

But more about that later…

22 Responses to “Spy my sewing space”

  1. smittenness July 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    I hear you! Tiny spaces are annoying but we make them work somehow. Like the Ikea storage unit, will have to upgrade from my pound shop plastic tubs. That’s awesome fabric btw, are you using it for the pattern you posted?

    • Almond Rock July 9, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      That’s the plan! To make the pattern a little more day time appropriate. I had plastic tubs too but they never seemed big enough. These ikea drawers hold looooads!

  2. Kathryn July 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    That must have been a satisfying day! Your sewing space looks great, really organised. I really like those teal boxes you’ve got in that Ikea unit. Asides from decorating the nursery the thing I’m most looking forward to doing in our new home is organising myself a sewing space in our hallway!

    • Almond Rock July 9, 2013 at 7:44 am #

      Ahhh a woman after my own heart, eager to carve out your own little sewing area. Good. Luck with it! 🙂

  3. Clipped Curves July 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    My husband stopped calling our office “the office” and now calls it “the sewing room” !
    Spotted same fabric on Minerva a couple of weeks ago but hesitated because I couldn’t touch before buying… What’s it like? Nice quality? Blouse weight?

    • Almond Rock July 9, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Hah you taught him the real name for the room is all. The viscose is lovely and cool, medium weight and very drapey. It’s washed very well so far with minimal wrinkling! I’d recommend it before its all gone (its in the clearance stock)

  4. Louise - There She Sews July 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    The storage looks great and looks like it fits there really well – hurrah for IKEA. It’s hard defining an area for sewing when it has to fit in with everything else. My bits are dotted around the house in the hope that one day we’ll manage to get everything much more organised and I can have a dedicated space (away from little fingers playing with my bobbins-and the rest!!)

    • Almond Rock July 9, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      Thank you! I will cross my fingers that you too one day get that little slice of happiness that is a dedicated sewing area 🙂

  5. Amanda July 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Ohh! I love stalking peeps sewing spaces! This looks fab and perfect for crafting!

    • Almond Rock July 9, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Hah its cheeky but fun. Glad I tidied up before the photos.

  6. Erica July 8, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    sewing space looks great! Would you mind sharing what overlocker you have and do you have any recommendations?? thanks!

    • Almond Rock July 9, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Thank you! I started writing an essay so I emailed instead 🙂

  7. Marie July 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Oooh, your sewing space is so nicely organised and very pretty! Love that I can now picture you sewing your next dress ;o)

    • Almond Rock July 11, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      Hehe thanks. Or picture me cursing and unpicking

  8. Claire (aka Seemane) July 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Very well organised space 🙂

  9. Claire (aka Seemane) July 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Great sewing space – very organised 🙂

  10. Claire (aka Seemane) July 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Great sewing space- v. organised 🙂

  11. Claire (aka Seemane) July 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Great sewing space – v. organised 🙂

    • Almond Rock July 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      I’m doing my best to keep it that way 🙂

  12. MariaDenmark July 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Tank you for that look! I love gelting inspired by otter People’s sewing spaces. And incedently we have the same fabric storage. Only mine is placer horizontal and I just changed the teal boxer last week. I now have light green boxes 🙂

    • Almond Rock July 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      Aha! Sewing room twins! Maybe one day you’ll let us spy yours

  13. Nicole Montgrain September 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    This is great!! Nice Site!!!

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