Now what I'm about to do is equivalent of "baring my soul" to you. I will show you my sewing room in its not so neat --just plain disastrous---state. Is it just me or does your sewing room looks like it was hit by a natural disaster of some kind after you've worked through a few projects. Well here are a few BEFORE and AFTER pics so you can see some of the cleaning and organizing I've done--along with a good deal of PURGING. I'm proud it's so organized and everything has a rightful place and home. I'm finding that I'm becoming anal about that sort of thing. BTW, can you guess my favorite color????
(Here's my L-shaped desk that houses 2 of my 5 babies along with my Rowenta steamer (who's in need of replacement). The desk has 2 huge drawers that hold projects in progress and all of my thread. I love my pegboard--which surprisingly after installing it, I realized I don't use it as much. Up above on the shelves are all my labeled bins that hold various supplies and fabric swatches. Below my Serger is also a black plastic bin with pull out drawers holding other supplies).
(This wall houses my pattern catalogs (in the binders), pressing supplies, patternmaking supplies, interfacing, fabric, cutting table, actual patterns (in tub below), etc.,etc., etc.)
(I organized all my books, CD's, DVD's, text books, etc. The bench is actually a cedar chest and holds all my Burda magazines and other small stuff.)
(Here's my fabric closet and it's alot bigger than it looks. It was custom built by my Hubby and I and holds alot of fabric. I also have fabric in a couple of other places. It's time to sew down this stash big time!!!)
(I keep all of my pattern envelopes in 3 ring binders organized by pattern type)
(I keep the contents of my pattern envelopes separately in manilla envelope and a plastic bin. I saw someone do this and I just had to adopt their system)
I guess as they say, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. I'm pooped from all the organizing but I'm happy with the results. Now I'm ready for some serious sewing!!! I've already got my patterns and fabric picked out for January & February. That post is next.
I am so jealous of your sewing space. Great job with the organizing!ReplyDelete
You did a great job!ReplyDelete
The sewing space looks great but take it from me...it only looks like that when you don't have a project going. As soon as you start the next project it will once again be trashed. Ask me how I know!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ladies for the compliments:) You're Sweet!!!ReplyDelete
Knitmachinequeen, that goes without saying! It's not a "working" sewing room unless it actually looks like someone works in it (smile). But there's a difference between a slightly messy room and just a plain old cluttered one. When I have to look under piles to find the stuff I need it's a problem. I'm foregoing the clutter, it cuts down on my productivity (wink)!!!ReplyDelete
" It's not a "working" sewing room unless it actually looks like someone works in it...". That's my favorite saying! But, I'm like you, I can't start a project until I've straightened up my mess.Delete
You have a wonderful sewing space...and it only needs to be as organized as you need it. My sewing room is a disaster while I'm working on a project, but I can still find everything I'm looking for!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing and happy new year!
Congrats on the organized studio! That's what I'm currently working on, after moving into a smaller place it is a real challenge. I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading through your blog today. I also love to sew, but haven't had the time for quite a while. I'm inspired by your 10,000 hour goal, which reminds me that I need to get back to it! Keep up the good work! The stuff you have made looks great!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for your kind words Wandering Muse. I wish you the best with getting organized. I used some suggestions from the Palmer & Pletch book Dream Sewing Spaces. It has great suggestions for even the smallest spaces. Thanks again for checking me out. I wish you well:)ReplyDelete
I have been desperately trying to figure out how to maintain my patterns - I remember this post but I couldn't remember who'd written it! I'm totally about to copy.ReplyDelete
I love your sewing space, the before and after. Your honesty is inspiring. Not many people are willing to show their sewing spaces while they're working on a project. You are so correct, our sewing spaces tend to look like a tornado hit it while is being used. Yet, at the same time,I've often asked myself, how can I find everything I need in what others may see as chaos. Thank you for the pictures and for all the organizations tips. Thank you and may The Lord always bless you. Evelyn AdrianaReplyDelete
Great idea on the pattern organization. I did something similar to this with patterns and online tutorials that I print, but for some reason it never occured to me to do the same with the patterns I buy. Thank you for the great idea!ReplyDelete
And isn't it wonderful to have a husband that supports your addiction by building a closet specifically for your hobby!!