My New Sewing Space

Hello! Do you remember me? It has been a while, so I’ll forgive you if you’ve forgotten me! Real Life has eaten into my sewing/blogging time this month as I have been packing, cleaning and moving flats. Obviously the most important part of a new place is the sewing space, and mine is almost ready to use!

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My sewing table is in front of the window for good light (in a few months time in spring) and is near the radiator to keep me toasty warm on dark cold nights. I am super excited that I have room for both flaps to be open so I can do cutting without moving my machine! And there is space for my mini ironing board to be near the machine for patchwork.

On the shelves I have some projects pre-prepared ready to sew, stored in pretty gift bags; there are 2 dresses with all the pieces cut out (and notions ready) and all my fabric for my next quilt. Hopefully I can make a start on one of these this weekend 🙂

sewing space 1On the other side of my table I have all my resources (well not quite all, there were a couple of boxes of fabric that didn’t fit on these shelves. oops). Books and magazines are sorted into sewing and yarn, since the collection wouldn’t fit on one shelf. All my sewing patterns are in cardboard folders and are sorted into two big gift bags (can you tell I can’t throw gift bags away?!) by garment type; dresses and jackets, and separates.

There are two slim full length mirrors in the corner which will be great for fitting garments, and my dress form is also near by for fitting and draping. My tools (tracing wheels, shears, etc) and notions (seam tape, binding, personalised labels, etc) are in the same hanger from my last flat. I un-hooked it and carefully rolled it up, with contents still in the pockets, and then unrolled it when I unpacked so all my tools are ready to use!

What are your top tips for keeping your sewing space sorted?

I’m so looking forward to getting back to crafting this week, as two weeks feels like ages. I have a few unblogged garments to show you, that are awaiting photos, but I’m not sure there will ever be good light for photos for a few months. 

My Sewing Space

On the Flickr group for Me Made May there is a theme for taking photos every Friday (aka #ThemeFriday) and this week it was “Sewing/Knitting/Crafting Space.” So let me take you on a brief tour of my sewing station…mmmay 13 theme friday sewing space

I live in a tiny flat in London, so I definitely don’t have a spare room to call my sewing room. My sewing room also doubles as my living room, my office/study AND my dining room, so clever storage is essential.

I have a sturdy fold-out table that my machine lives on and a foldable chair that can be hidden when I need to enter/exit the room. So I can access all the tools and notions I need easily I have an over-the-door shoe-caddy to store all my bits and bobs (see below). This is too small for keeping the little scraps and random pieces of fabric, so I made a larger hanger from some canvas fabric and a coat hanger.

PicMonkey CollagebIn the middle of sewing projects I tend to “store” patterns/pieces on the arm of my sofa (it looks much tidier in the picture than it does in real life!); somewhere among the pile today are all the pieces for my couture jacket (half are hand-basted together) and the turn-ups for my trousers…