I did try to write this post yesterday, but Blogger didn't want me to for some reason! Never mind, here we are today instead.
I haven't got any sewing to show you today I'm afraid. I have been sewing, but it's been alterations for other people - apparently I know a lot of short people who like wearing maxi dresses, because all I seem to have been doing is turning up maxi dresses!
I don't like doing alterations, but there are a few people I find it hard to say no to.
In lieu of sharing a newly completed sewing project with you, I thought I'd instead show you where I sew. I'm lucky enough to have a dedicated sewing space, a corner of the larger of our 2 spare bedrooms. (The smaller of our 2 spare rooms is my office, as I work from home). My poor husband says he feels like I've taken over the house - I think he's joking! Anyway it was his idea that we created my sewing corner.
As you can see, I have quite a bit of space. My table/desk/whatever you like to call it is made up of two 4 cube Ikea Expedit units, with a length of shelving board across the top. This isn't fixed down, so I can move it forward to put the cables of my sewing machine down behind it. I don't move my machine that often - probably only to go to a monthly "sewcial", but it's handy to be able to move it easily if I need to.
My overlocker fits perfectly into one of the cubby holes in the unit - it's in the top right cubby hole of the left hand unit. I keep sewing books in the bottom left of the same unit, and have 2-drawer inserts in the other 2 spaces. The ones under the overlocker are filled with overlocker threads, instructions for both the overlocker and my regular machine, and the power cable and other overlocker bits when they're not in use.
The other Expedit unit has 2 baskets at present - I think I've got a couple more somewhere. One holds fabric that I intend to use in the not too distant future, and the other holds PDF patterns and other patterns that are too big to go in my pattern boxes.
The small white filing cabinet is also from Ikea and holds general sewing notions, zips, bias binding, interfacing and various other bits and pieces.
The majority of my patterns are in boxes on the shelf above my sewing area, categorised into "dresses", "separates", "vintage" and "other". The "dresses" box is full to overflowing, whereas the "other" box only has one pattern in at the moment. As you can see, there are a few that need filing away again!
On this shelf I also have a couple of boxes of fat quarters and other scraps that I use for my machine embroideries and a couple of boxes of knitting yarn.
In between the shelf and the desk I have a couple of picture shelves - Ikea again! When I bought them they were going to have pots of pens, scissors, etc on them, but they're not quite deep enough. Instead I use them for notebooks and pictures, like this Becka Griffin Alphabet of Sewing print and an all important clock!
I love seeing where other people sew, so I hope you've enjoyed this little tour round my sewing space.
I realise I'm very lucky to have a dedicated area for sewing. It's wonderful to be able to walk away and leave everything out, rather than have to waste time putting my things away then getting them out before I want to sew again.
Do you have a dedicated sewing space?