A Very Belated Tour of My Sewing Room

3 May

Hey! Remember when I moved last year and promised I’d share photos of my new sewing room? Well, we’re almost a year overdue – but I’m finally making good on that promise! Truth be told, I kept putting off the ~big reveal~ because there was a never-ending list of things that I wanted to change about the space – first I wanted a new ironing board cover, then I needed new lights over said ironing board, then I thought I’d wait until I got new sewing tables… like I said, never-ending! I have since realized two things:

1. The list of changes is going to be never-ending. That’s the nature of decorating. Once you’re happy with one thing, you want to tweak something else. Ok, maybe you don’t decorate that way – but I do! Keeps me on my toes, keeps that DIY spirit alive or whatever.
2. I decided to move in June (more on that in a minute!), so I better document this room before it becomes a maze of boxes! Argh!

Anyway, better late that never! I always have a studio in every place that I live, and I like to document these snapshots of my life, so I wanted to include this one on the blog as well πŸ™‚ If you’re interested in seeing my other sewing spaces from past homes, check out this tag πŸ™‚

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Here is what you see when you first walk in! It’s an average sized room (11′ x 12′, which isn’t super tiny – but it makes for a small studio, especially when you have a giant cutting table in the middle of it!), so it was hard to get good shots of everything, but I tried!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while and are familiar with my former sewing spaces, you probably noticed that this room is super white! In the past, I’ve always had lots of color on my walls – which I love, especially when it’s turquoise! – but I ended up keeping this room white. The landlord and I had a bit of miscommunication about the painting – he agreed to paint it turquoise, I sent him swatches, he said he didn’t get the swatches, I agreed to just go with white (it was originally that horrible beige-y rental color that no one loves), figuring I’d repaint it myself if it bothered me. But I’ve really grown to love it, it’s so fresh and bright!

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The view from the door to the sewing station. I love having a window at my sewing station, even if the bright light makes my photos look awful πŸ™‚

One of the things that I wanted to change about this room – and will change in my next studio – is to exchange those two sewing cabinets in favor of aΒ long worktable that I can roll back and forth at in my chair. I love my cabinets, but they aren’t practical with multiple machines (plus, I can’t use the knee lever with my Bernina! Boo!).

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Starting next to the door, on the right-hand side of the room – is my desk (or as they love to say on MTV Cribs “where the magic happens”). Since I primarily work from home, it’s great to have a dedicated desk space where I can keep my computer and all my office and art supplies. I also blog from this desk, and sometimes it holds fabric + pattern overflow when I’m on a giant cutting binge πŸ˜‰

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Next to the desk is my ironing station – yes, with a new ironing board cover (finally haha!). The lights over the ironing board are suspended on a cord that plugs into a power strip below. These lights provide two purposes: one, to give me more working light (despite how bright these photos are, the corners of the room are actually quite dark, so it needs a lot of light to be comfortable to work in!), and two, to let me know when the iron is on! I use a gravity feed iron that does not have auto shut off, so I keep it plugged into a power strip with lights above it. When the lights are on, I know the iron is also on!

The shades over the lights are Joxtorp shades from Ikea. They are cheap little cardboard things that I just spray painted a different color. Nothing fancy, but better than a bare bulb! I used paper lanterns in the past, but I lost one of them during the move and figured it was time for a change anyway!

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Over the ironing boards, I keep my rulers and cork boards – one for inspiration and general things that make me happy, and one to plot out future projects.

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My sewing machines and serger are against the wall opposite the doorway, right by that beautiful window! All my thread is on racks on the wall (serger thread by the serger, sewing machine thread by the sewing machine), and notions in the shelf above my sewing machine. Plus, my dressform!

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Continuing toward the right, this wall has a full-length mirror and a few shelves. The floor shelves hold my sewing books and yarn stash (yeah, it all fits in ONE BASKET woohoo), and the wall shelves have bra making supplies and zippers. And also fake plants along the top, cos green stuff is pretty stuff. I also keep a big roll of craft paper on top of the floor shelves.

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Next to the shelves is where I keep my printer (FYI there is nothing fun in those drawers – it’s all products and samples that I send out for my other job haha).

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Finally, at the end of the room – next to the door – is the closet. Since this closet is really big (like 7′ wide) and didn’t have doors, I just stuck my entire fabric stash in there, shelf and all! The shelf fit in perfectly with some extra space on the sides, plus there is storage along the top closet shelf for all my sewing patterns. My apologies for the bare shelves – I’d already started packing my fabric at this point, and I wasn’t about to unpack it for one photo! Just imagine that those shelves are full of lovely, colorful fabric πŸ™‚ hah!

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Since that shelf is about 5′ wide, there’s at least a foot of space on either end to store things. One end has my sewing machine cases and tracing paper (boring), but this end I stuck a tension rod so I can hang my working PDF patterns from! I can clip all the pieces and then hang them from the rod, and that way they don’t get folds before I have a chance to use them (PDF patterns that I’m not currently using are stored in a binder system – which I keep behind one of those doors in the big shelf).

Speaking of printing PDFs – I have started using a local printer to print copyshop versions, instead of cutting + taping a million pages together. My research in the past showed that places like Kinko’s charge about $10/page, which just crazy (especially if you are unfortunate enough to have a pattern with multiple pages!). I found a local printer who will print them for $2.18 per page, and holy shit y’all they are amazing. If you are in Nashville, check out CCAD Reprographics, seriously! If you’re not local, I think they will ship πŸ˜‰

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This is on that time wall space between the door and the closet. The hook is good for hanging WIPs (or stuff that I need to do some alterations or repairs on), and I found that postcard at my local yarn store, Haus of Yarn!

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The cutting table takes up the space in the middle of the room. On one end, I have a bar where I store my cutting tools. The boxes in the cubes hold silk scraps, leather scraps, Papercut Patterns + Vogue patterns (since they don’t fit in the comic book boxes with the rest of my patterns), and my dyeing stuff.

The opposite end of the table has some drawers where I keep a bunch of tools and interfacing scraps, and the binsΒ at the bottom hold swimsuit fabric and an enormous stash of zippers.

I love this cutting table! I “built” it out of two shelves and a tabletop – all stuff from Ikea – and put it on casters so I can easily roll it around if I need to (the casters also lock, so that shit will also stay put if I need it to). It’s a great size and height for cutting! For more information on how I built this, check out my former sewing room post.

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What’s rad about this table, is that the middle is open and tall enough for me to roll this cart underneath, so I can easily pull it out when I need supplies (or shove it under the table when it’s in the way).

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So that’s my sewing room! I have really loved creating in this room – it’s such a lovely, bright space and it is really the perfect size for my needs. I’m going to miss this room (not to mention THAT CLOSET), but I’m so excited about my new place!

Oh, and more about that! I really love this apartment, and I have enjoyed living here this past year. However, one of my friends got me a great hook-up on an AMAZING house (seriously, look at how cute it is!), which I jumped at the opportunity. I am excited to have yard access again, a private driveway – and I’ll be walking distance to my part time gig at Craft South (not to mention, all the other cool stuff in that area!). The house was built in 1935, which means it is incredibly charming and has really really small closets πŸ™‚ I am seriously SO sick of moving (just thinking about my to-do list is giving me anxiety), but I know it will be worth it! My new sewing room is going to be a hair smaller than this one – it measured around 11′ x 11′ –Β which means I need a bit of an overhaul on my organization / storage (for example – taking advantage of all those drawers!). I am up for the challenge, though! I love decorating new studios haha πŸ™‚

Side note to my Nashville friends – if you are looking for an apartment, this one is available! Send me an email if you want more info πŸ™‚

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42 Responses to “A Very Belated Tour of My Sewing Room”

  1. Kelly May 3, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    Lovely space!! Someday I wish to go to IKEA and get everything needed for the perfect sewing studio set up. The Palo Alto store actually had a sewing studio sample room once, my husband had to drag me away… Looking forward to seeing your new space! The house is so adorable!

    • LLADYBIRD May 3, 2017 at 10:18 am #

      Ahh I’ve heard about IKEAs with sewing room set-ups – I was just at the one in Memphis over the weekend, and I was looking for a sewing machine but never saw one! I love that they are doing that, though, they definitely know their customer base πŸ˜‰ haha!

  2. Patty Carlson May 3, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    Lauren, I have been following your blog for several years and love all of your posts!! Originally I started following you when you did the wonderful snarky reviews of Vogue patterns. I was wondering why you don’t do that anymore? Secondly, you also did a review of the Spiegel sewing machine. Do you still use machine? Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD May 3, 2017 at 10:20 am #

      Hi! I still occasionally post Vogue reviews, but only if I find the patterns wtf. They haven’t been very weird lately, which is why I haven’t been posting my comments. And I do not sew on the Spiegel machine anymore – I mentioned in my year wrap-up post that I am no longer affiliated with the company. Since I have 4 sewing machines (the 3 you see in the photos, plus a Singer Featherweight), the Spiegel was the one that found a new home πŸ™‚

      • Nilzeitung May 3, 2017 at 11:35 am #

        many success with their cool close studio and many joy with their projects in the future.!!! E

      • Patty Carlson May 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

        Thanks…for some reason I missed your year end wrap-up but I went back and found it. I look forward to all of your blogs!

  3. Bonnie May 3, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Thanks for sharing your space with us! I love seeing how people organize and decorate their craft space. Congrats on the adorable house! I look forward to seeing your new studio.

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:27 am #

      Thank you! I love looking at other people’s craft spaces, too – so it’s fun to share my own πŸ˜€

  4. Tomasa May 3, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    Thanks for the tour. It was so much fun. Good luck with packing and moving and unpacking – ugh! I look forward to seeing your new sewing room once you are settled in.

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:28 am #

      Thank you! Definitely not looking forward to the packing and moving part, but I am excited about the new place!

  5. klarisabet May 3, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    I am in awe! I love sewing space posts…I am like a hungry idea-gobbling glutton when I read them. LOVE the hanging idea for the PDF patterns.

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:28 am #

      Thank you! It’s been a very useful addition to the room, ha! πŸ˜€

  6. bethnegrey May 3, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Congratulations on your new house! Considering the year it was “born,” I’m sure the inside is just as cool as the outside. And I love that “wall art” — Don’t Worry…. — did you have that made? As a knitter, I can totally relate to that one πŸ™‚ My sewing room (which doesn’t yet look like one…) is a bit smaller than the new one you’ll be designing. I sure wish I could find a way to fit the sewing table and ironing board and small chest freezer and bookcase (I’m so thankful the closet doors had been removed when I moved here) and add some sort of cutting table. Not asking much, am I? Pack on!

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:29 am #

      Oh, it’s gorgeous on the inside! It needs some cleaning and painting, which is why I haven’t shared any pictures (it looks a liiiitle scary right now, but I can tell it’s a beautiful house!). That art is actually a postcard that I got at my LYS!

  7. craftysewandsewindorset May 3, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    I am so jealous of your sewing room.. I am relegated to a small ikea desk in the corner of my lounge with two machines crammed on it. Using the dining room as a cutting table. Maybe in another 10 years I might have a room to blog about.. How old are kids these days before they move out?!! I love the bright colours and your turquoise ikea trolley, they only sell black and beige ones now!!

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:30 am #

      Yeah, I noticed that when I was there last weekend! Thought about buying a second one for my bathroom, but they don’t have fun colors anymore. Boo! I hope you get your own sewing room soon! Hopefully your kids will be like me and move out the second they turn 18 haha πŸ™‚

  8. Elizabeth H May 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    Stunning sewing space. You do create lovely things. I can only hope. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Alison May 3, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    I am moving at the end of the month to a new state. I need to get my ass in gear.

    I am a plant killer. Is it stupid to ask where the fake plants came from? They fooled me!

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:31 am #

      Oh man! I’m just moving across town – I feel for you!

      The plants are from IKEA! Haha! They have TONS of variety now!

      • Alison May 4, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

        Hm, this made me look at Ikea locations. It will be a longer drive to Ikea from the new place, but it will probably happen eventually! Thanks!

  10. Gemma May 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    Yay! I love having a nose around other people’s creative hubs!!

    Great post : )

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:31 am #

      Thank you! I love creeping on people’s creative spaces, too, so it’s fun to share πŸ˜€

  11. SomedaySewing May 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    I love seeing other people’s sewing rooms! This gives me goals!

  12. yoursewinstyle May 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    I love my sewing room but yours has smashed mine out the window!! Amazing and have sewing room envy! Good luck with the move and look forward to see what you do with the sewing space there.

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:32 am #

      Thank you! I am excited for the new space – I’m deep in planning mode and I think it’s going to be pretty fabulous!

  13. BeckyW May 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    That is seriously the cutest sewing room ever!! I think the white walls make all the bits of color really pop. I really like my sewing room, but I will give you the win!!!

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:32 am #

      Yeah, I have really grown to love the white walls! I think the key (for my tastes, that is) is to have lots of color so they don’t feel all bare and bland. But they provide a really nice backdrop for all the colorful shit I have going on in this room haha πŸ™‚

  14. Carla May 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    Love it, and you!

  15. Jenny l May 3, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    What an inspiring space you have. I have a sewing room but it is the usual shared guest room so a double bed takes up much of the space and seriously irritates me. My favourite colour is also Aqua and I have an awful lot of it. I have a couple of bedside lamps which are in need of updating and I like your spray paint idea. What type of paint did you use? I hadn’t thought of doing this as I presumed paint would go all gooey on cardboard or paper.

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:35 am #

      I just used regular spray paint – specifically the Valspar line that they sell at Target. I don’t think you need a special paint, it dries really quickly so it doesn’t have a chance to warp the paper.

      My dream is to have a studio that is a shared guest room (not just – let me roll the table over and blow up the air mattress for ya room haha), but I would get a Murphy bed so it can hide into the wall when it’s not being used! Of course, those things are $$$ and really only suitable if you own the house and aren’t moving around… but a girl can dream haha

  16. Megan May 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    Congratulations on the move to a house, hope you are very happy there. Not that I can say I envy you moving. I did that enough when I was young and bought a house the first chance I had, if only to not have to move again. Great sewing room. I have quite a large space but poorly designed… I just don’t have the vision. Love the cat who is he and does he help or hinder?? Love the Ikea raskog trolley, checked it out on the local website and it was AUSD$69. Even allowing for the exchange rate it is twice the American price…

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:37 am #

      I wish I could buy a house, but the housing market here is completely fucked and nothing is affordable anymore. I am waiting for the bubble to burst so I can snap something up, but in the meantime, I’m stuck renting. It’s ok, my dream house is patiently waiting for me somewhere out there πŸ™‚

      My cat’s name is Amelia, and she really is just a studio manager. She keeps an eye on things (and me) but is rarely in the way. Actually, the only command she knows is “move!” and she knows it REALLY well haha!

  17. Brigid May 4, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    I have my sewing machine and serger on a long table, and an office chair with wheels. Being able to zip back and forth from the sewing machine to the serger and back is the best!

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2017 at 8:37 am #

      That’s what I want! And I will HAVE it in my next space!!!

  18. Connie Turner May 5, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Your sewing room is very impressive, so organized and pretty. The house does look story book style, when those shrubs are trimmed back it will be spectacular. I hear you about the moving, I’m facing that issue myself.

  19. Cat May 5, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Yay!! This post made my day!!! πŸ˜€

  20. Sarah May 5, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your space (and the local copy shop info – they even have Franklin and Brentwood locations!). I am so envious of that cutting table…I am stuck dealing with a coffee table for cutting and tracing but hopefully someday can upgrade…

  21. mertxelasierra May 12, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    Moving again!!! Lauren! I’m tired only to think about it! But of course a house like that is worth it! With yard and all, I can’t wait to see it!

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