Hello, readers! I’m happy to welcome you to a new series on the CSC. We’ll be journeying into the sewing spaces of sewists within our community. It’s time to be inspired!
For our first post in this series, we’re taking a peek at gMarie’s sewing room.
Tell us a little about your sewing space.
I sew in the basement. We have a walk out basement, with a slider and 2 large windows! I’ve taken over the entire basement – there is a 16×20 room and a 14×16 bedroom/den. We took the doors off the bedroom/den space and my fabric is stored in the closet at the back of that room. The room contains our workout equipment – which needs to be listed on Craigslist – soonish as it doesn’t get used. Then the main room – the sewing takes up half – in a traditional 3 point layout. Sewing machines at the end facing the slider – with a tv on the wall next to it. Ironing board in front of a window and the cutting table directly across facing the wall and under the lights. There is enough space in the middle for 2 people to work together in the space – although it works best if people are doing different tasks at the same time. At some point I plan to have a craftsy class party at my house where we can watch a course we’ve all purchased and then help each other work through drafting, sewing etc. I just need to plan it!
What is your favorite part/feature of your sewing space?
My favorite part of the sewing space is how everything is spread out – but still accessible.
How do you organize your fabrics, patterns and notions?
My fabric is organized very similar to Carolyn’s – in fact, inspired by hers. I sort by print/solid which is different I think. The prints are all sorted by type – knits, quilting cottons, stretch sateen, challis – are each together. The solids are grouped by color and then sorted by woven/knit within the color group. My patterns are not very sorted and could use more help. I’ll be looking for ideas during this series! Currently – they are sorted by the garment type and stored on a little shelve between the chairs in the basement. (The chairs are for the dog! and I put blankets in them when I have company.) The majority of the patterns are dresses, with skirts then tops. I’m starting a little collection of kids patterns and maternity – in hopes of needing them soon-ish 😉 I also have a basket on my cutting table of the patterns I want to get to soonish and then a little wire basket on the floating shelves of TNT patterns. There are just a handful in there – I need to work on filling that baby up! Notions are mostly in decorative containers. I have some tin baskets – one on top of an old entertainment center and one sits on my cutting table – they contain zippers and new buttons bought for specific patterns. Left over buttons are sorted by color and stored in tiny glass jars.
What is your favorite thing to sew?
My favorite thing to sew is really dresses. They are so easy to wear. I do wish I had more dressy tops and would like to try jeans and outwear soon. But with my limited sewing time – I like to actually make something that will get worn outside the house vs. multiple muslins to work out fitting issues.
Check out gMarie’s blog to see what she creates in her lovely sewing space!