my sewing room

24 Jan

y’all, i am a total, shameless lurker. show me a blog/website/picture album that allows me to peek into someone’s home and i will sit there for hours and investigate every nook and cranny. in that same note, i absolutely love sharing pictures of *my* home, for all the other lurkers on the internets. i spend a lot of time decorating – and redecorating, and redecorating – my house, especially my sewing room. i loving having a beautiful and clean room to keep all my sewing goodies in. it’s so inspiring!

i did a little reorganizing over the weekend and took a few pictures to share πŸ™‚ sorry these aren’t the best – i took them at night, so i had to use the flash. y’all wouldn’t want to see out the windows in daylight, anyway. it’s so gross and wet and cold and there are straggly patches of snow hovering in the shadows. GROSS.

lots of pictures after the jump!

here is the view when you walk in through the laundry room (there is another door that connects to my roommate’s room – we usually keep that closed, unless we are gossiping between rooms; her on her computer and i on my sewing machine. great arrangement!). the window at the cutting table is my cat’s favorite place to sit and watch the birds. the window behind my sewing machine looks into the backyard and it is an absolutely beautiful view in the summer – all green and sunshine and flowers πŸ™‚

my ironing station + serger.
i am planning on making a new ironing board cover – that old one is from ikea fabric, and it is just poorly slapped together and icky and kind of embarrassing. i am not sure what kind of fabric to get, though! i LOVE this fabric from alexander henry and i think it would look so good with my color palette, but it seems to be pretty hard to find (and kind of expensive when i can source it). any ideas?

my cutting table is from ikea – the norden gateleg table. it is almost exactly the right size for my cutting mat. almost the right height, too, but i did have to raise it on blocks of wood (don’t judge me), so now it’s about perfect. the drawers are really great for storing cutting tools & interfacings & the like. the basket on the right has my ironing stuff – another project on my mental list is making a new cover for my sleeve board & making a new tailor’s ham & seam roll (i’m currently borrowing my mom’s… i’m sure she’d love to have that back. SORRY MOM). soon!
oh, and sorry about my nasty nasty floor… carpet is terrible for sewing. so many little pieces of thread that the vacuum can’t pick up! i’d love to change the flooring out to hardwood or even tile or vinyl, but that’s not really in my budget right now, especially since i’m renting. i may end up throwing down a bamboo rug & calling it a day, idk yet.

this is my favorite part of my sewing room – i love having all my trims & buttons out and visible! total eye candy! my mom found that shelf for me at the flea market – i painted it red and glued pom-poms on it because, well, pom-poms!

you know what? have some more! EYE CANDY, Y’ALL.

my other favorite part, v2.0. the toy sewing machine has finally found a home on the wall πŸ™‚ the blue thing hanging over it is an embroidery of my name that my friend allie did for me a few years ago.

true to my lurker-dom, here is a picture of some of my drawer insides. i try to keep everything neat and organized so it’s easy to find and satisfies the obsessive part of my brain.

the cabinet next to my sewing table is stuffed full of knit fabric – and ONLY knit fabric.
i dare you to find someone with a bigger knit fabric collection than me. ok, actually, don’t, because i will probably just be jealous. ha!

on the wall next to my cabinet’o’knits is this gigantic shelf full of sewing goodies. my dressform is kind of lurking in the picture. i have plans to cover her in batting and make a fabric cover (since she is not my size – hence the bra – and whoever made her was stupid and used plastic so you CAN’T STICK PINS IN HER wtf) but i haven’t gotten around to it yet.

on top of the shelf. the suitcase is another find via mama @ the fleamarket. and yes, i have knitting needles and no i do not know how to knit. yet.

sewing books! i love sewing books!

boxes of sewing patterns

and from the department of “i went to the flea market over the weekend”:
LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS BARKCLOTH I FOUND. it was only $10 and there are about 3 yards in there. i love barkcloth but for a piece that big people usually want at least $50. ha!
now what to do with it? i was thinking about making my ironing board cover out of it (i did a burn test and i’m preeeetty sure it’s cotton) but something about that seems kind of sacrilegious. isn’t it gorgeous, though?


10 Responses to “my sewing room”

  1. Carmen! January 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    SACRILEGIOUS IS RIGHT! do NOT make a fucking ironing board cover out of BARKCLOTH!

    But seriously. I feel very strongly about this.

    • lladybird January 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      ok ok ok you got me!! i will use quilting cotton πŸ™‚ sometimes i need some sense smacked into me haha

  2. Mom January 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    So, Lauren, when are you coming over to help me organize my sewing room??!

    I’m not kidding.

    Love, Mom

    • lladybird January 27, 2011 at 10:33 am #

      any time you want! let’s go to ikea πŸ™‚
      i’m not kidding either!!

  3. Gayle March 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    I love your blog and lurk over here whenever I remember to, which means I slog through whatever posts have been made since the last event. Hours lost to awe and envy for me, really odd stats for you if you check them.
    I don’t usually comment, but your sewing room is just lovely. I’ve saved a couple of pictures in my “future sewing room” file; I’m currently relegated to two desks pushed together against the kitchen bar and a closet in the hallway for storage. Thank you for sharing!

    • Brenda September 8, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

      Lladybird- Just found your sweet blog. Love your sewing/quilting studio. I really am surprised at your use of vulgar language, however! Not usually part of our ladie’s communication, on-line or otherwise! : ) Brenda

      • LLADYBIRD September 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

        Hello! In my world, a lady can use whatever the hell langage she wants πŸ™‚

  4. Jane April 10, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    I’m in love with your sewing room! I hope someday I’ll be able to have a room entirely devoted to sewing πŸ˜€

    Btw, I’m pretty sure I have the exact same dress form. I put a cover on her, though!

    • lladybird April 11, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      i’m about to put a cover on mine as well! not being able to stick pins directly into the thing has been a huge bore. i bought the fabulous fit cover+padding kit, should be getting it in the mail any day now πŸ™‚


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