Hello and welcome to the next post in our CSC Sewing Spaces series! Today, we’re stopping in to check out Betsy’s sewing room!
Tell us a little about your sewing space.
Before my daughter was born, my studio was her bedroom. Having to move out of it into a smaller room was less than ideal. Then came the revolutionary thought of using the dinning room as my studio! I’ve never looked back. I love my studio. It is not just my studio though, my husband’s piano shares the space. My children use the work table for projects, homework, making things from cardboard and drawing. There is nothing I love more than seeing my kids deeply in thought while working on a project.
My beloved sewing machine is a Bernina 180E. I’ve had it for 12 years and it has become my trusty cohort in sewing projects. I also have a Baby Lock Imagine Wave. I’m lucky enough to be able to have both machines out and ready to use full-time.
What is your favorite part/feature of your sewing space?
My favorite part of my studio is the work tables. I love having oodles of space to be able use when cutting patterns, cutting fabric or just sitting at them thinking of the next project I will work on. One of the tables is my childhood dining table. It was given to me when my parents were downsizing and I love having it. The other table is from IKEA… a huge solid thing at the right height to stand at while working.
How do you organize your fabrics, patterns and notions?
I struggle with organization, but have found that an unorganized studio means to being able to find what you need when you need it. My threads and notions are stored in the drawers of my father’s desk (again, downsizing). It’s super easy to put my hands on anything I need to use while sewing. The desk is located behind my sewing machine, so I only need to swivel around to access it. Less used notions are in plastic bins behind the big work table as are art supplies for my kids.
My patterns are stored in boxes labeled with either the category or designer name. My favorite designers are Sonya Philip (100actsofsewing on Etsy), The Tilton sisters (Marcy and Katherine), and Tina Givens. I like the ease and silhouettes of their patterns and can easily adjust them to a fit I like.
My fabric is stored in floor to ceiling white cabinets. It limits me on how much fabric I can have, which is a good thing so I use my stash more often instead of ordering new fabric for every project.
I always think of my studio as a place of joy.
What is your favorite thing to sew?
My favorite things to sew are dresses for me and costumes for my kids. This year my daughter wants to be Edward Scissorhands and I am full of thoughts on how to make it come to life. My favorite costume I have ever made was for my daughter: George Harrison from the SGT. Pepper album cover.
Thanks for reading!
You can find Betsy on Instagram at Thinkingcapstudio.
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