When I started to sew, I lived in a very tiny studio apartment. I would drag out my ironing board, and set my sewing machine up on my coffee table, sewing while sitting on my couch. If I needed to cut something, I cleared the coffee table and cut, then put everything back to continue my work. What a mess it was!
A few years ago, I had a dedicated sewing room. It was delightful, and I wish I had taken advantage of it more than I did. This room was wonderful because I could keep the ironing board out at all times, keep the machine set up on a separate table and have a dedicated cutting and layout area.
My set-up today, is more shared living room, but unlike the tiny studio, the living room is quite large. I've arranged the floor plan in such a way that I can face my computer and watch/listen to movies while I'm working.
I'm curious, if you have both a serger and a sewing machine, do you keep them set up and out all the time?
I've also seen sewing rooms painted brilliant colors, but I worry that detracts from fabric or could reflect back on fabric poorly, specifically when draping, as shadows play such a huge role.
Here are some sewing spaces I found on the internet:
I keep telling myself to take photos of my sewing space, but keep forgetting to when the light makes it easy.
|String and Clothespins for current pattern pieces. Get them off the floor!|
|Ironing board on the left, shelves between the table and ironing station.|
|A peek at my shelves. Those three drawers house notions and various cutting tools.|
|Pardon the mess!|
I also recently picked up some storage boxes that are sized perfectly for patterns from Ikea. I'll have to double check the model numbers, but they were from this line.
I'm currently working on a Colette violet blouse, and have learned a lot about the slash and spread method for pattern grading, as the smallest size is still a bit too big.
I need to: take photos of the completed Sailor Outfit before it is out of my hands and finish up the Violet blouse.
Here's where it was at last night: