It’s done! I’ve shuffled to my heart’s content and will shuffle no more. For the time being anyway…
I need to sew some clothes that will see me through the final trimester, and which are compatible with the approaching hotter weather, and which I might wear once baby departs her abode in my belly. And I want to sew stuff for baby too (mostly functional things like nappies, burp cloths and face & butt wipes; she’s going to be a summer baby who is likely to be naked most of the time). I’m sure I’ll do a bit of refining as I sew, based on how I use the space.
I’m pretty pleased with myself that I mostly stuck to The Plan, and managed to do a cull of unnecessary things, too. As it panned out, I have less fabric than I thought, and my patterns take up less space than I expected. Winning at smug.
As presaged, I re-organised my binding and trim from The Hanger of Trims into an old postage box, which I prettified by covering in fabric. This resulted in my trims taking up much less space, and being consolidated with my Elastics & Reflectives.
I made bobbin shaped cards out of my and Partner’s old business cards, and spent some happy hours wrapping binding around each card. However I fairly quickly got bored of labelling my cards.
- Bottom Row
- Left: overlocker thread and wooly nylon;
- Right: untraced patterns or PDFs not yet stuck together, interfacing, spare folders
- Middle Row
- Left: Knit scraps; box of hardware bits & bobs; box of sewing machine feet & needles; box of buttons hiding at the back;
- Right: Patterns – bottoms (creamy yellow) & dresses (grey)
- Top Row
- Left: box of minky & PUL (new acquisition for baby sewing!); cutting & tracing equipment – a very heavy little box due to the washers and nuts & bolts I use as pattern weights!;
- Right: Patterns – tops (green), menswear (blue – so few you cannot even see the folders!) , bags, babies & household miscellany (orange).
Here is the top part of my half of The Study’s wardrobe:
- Top Row
- Left: Woven scraps and box of pressing equipment (ham, sausage, linen cloths plus my duster);
- Right: stationery and zips (not happy with this storage; want a different solution)
- On top of the cube unit:
- Box of binding and trims; box of cables; the iron and the sewing essentials will live here when they’re not on my sewing desk (cup with thread snip, chalk pens, unpicker; pins tin and little thread rubbish bin);
- On the wall: thread rack and just in sight to the right if you look carefully, my measuring tapes.
- To the left is my rubbish scrap bag and a bin containing tracing paper, butcher paper, oil cloth and heavy interfacing.
Here is my fabric:
Left column: wovens
Middle column: knits
- Top: bonus cube! Contains ‘muslin fabric’ (old sheets, actually), specialty fabrics and a miscellany of specialist notions (eg that bike short chamois I bought that time I was going to make me bike shorts but then realised my current two are doing me just fine.)
- Bottom: more knits!
I made door snakes / draught excluders for our last house, where the gaps under the door let in so much cold air, it was like we lived in a wind tunnel. The doors in this house appear to have been cut to the right size for the door frame (imagine that), and I’ve just kept the snakes. The serve no purpose.
And now we can step back and see it all, with my machines:
The box underneath my sewing desk contains all my WIPs. It is packed full! (I’m a multiple projects on the go person … or easily distracted by the next shiny thing). Having my projects in a box means I can easily tidy by tossing current project on top and shut the lid. Most of my projects are in ziplock bags inside the box, so they’re not getting all muddled up! On top of the box are magazines & books loaned to my by the lovely Helen.
And, yes, I am guilty of doing that thing where cables are not visible in the photo. This is because this is how I want my sewing area to look, when it is at rest. One day I will sew covers for my machines!
The ironing board gets set up each time I sew, just in the middle of the room somewhere, and ideally is put back on the little bit of wall between my desk and the wardrobe, but I moved it out to take photos.
The right most desk is His Desk, and therefore Not My Problem.
And now that I’ve blogged, I think it’s time to sew! Well, maybe after a quick lie down.