Friday, January 13, 2017

Audrey's Sewing Space

Welcome to my sewing space!  This is Audrey from Skirt Fixation, and one of the Virtual Assistants for Project Run & Play, and I’m so excited to welcome you into my sewing space today.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Although I have set up my sewing space in many different places, currently I feel VERY lucky to have an entire outbuilding dedicated to my creative endeavors.  Here’s the back story.  This little building right outside our back door was the smokehouse/summer kitchen to the original house on our property, built sometime in the mid 1800s!  Our current home, which was built in 1916, has 3 bedrooms (and we are expecting child #8!) so needless to say, every spare inch of space is used inside the house!

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Several summers ago, we decided to remodel the old smokehouse/summer kitchen into a guest house so any company could have somewhere quiet to escape our boisterous brood.  Mr. Skirt Fixation further added plumbing and electrical to commercial kitchen standards because we were contemplating a chocolate truffle making business in the little building at some point in the future.  The kids promptly christened it the “Chocolate House.”  This past fall, I made it my sewing space, with the caveat that it is still 1st and foremost a guest house.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Because I need to move out at a moment’s notice, organization is the key.  My large, raised cutting table is collapsible, and can be moved out and a bed set up in less than 5 minutes.  It stands 37” high, which I really appreciate due to my 6’ tall height!  I keep my extra large cutting mat on it and usually stage whatever project I’m currently sewing on top.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Underneath the cutting table are my knit fabric storage boxes.  I have found that rolling my knit fabric and storing it vertically is the boxes is the best way to keep it organized.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

My next organizing savior is this tall industrial wire metal shelf.  I have it filled from floor to ceiling with all my sewing supplies and fabric.  Everything is stored in clear plastic boxes of all sizes.  Because many of my children also like to sew/craft, we've found this organization method to be the most successful.

Separate small shoeboxes hold zippers, seam binding, cutting tools, elastic, hardware, and extra sewing machine parts.

Medium sized boxes are the perfect size for ribbons, embroidery, fabric art supplies, felt, and projects in process.

Large boxes on the bottom shelves hold woven fabrics sorted by color.  Since a large fabric purge last year, I have it down to 4 of these boxes.  Bulging, but only 4!

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

All my pdf patterns are stored in binders next to my sewing books.  The wire metal shelf usually has at least one garment hanging on it waiting for me to take photos.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

I keep my buttons in small glass jars sorted by color.  Personally, I am saving spice jars as I use them up, but if you don’t want to wait that long, here is a set that would work perfectly!

 My mission style computer desk (which sometimes doubles as my ironing station when I’m working) is pretty clean and clear thanks to a 3 drawer organizer and a pretty storage box to hold all the miscellany that blogging requires!

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Probably the happiest place in the room is my sewing table.  I have a 6 foot long collapsible table.  Often I tease Mr. Skirt Fixation that there is plenty of room on it for more machines!  But since it’s sadly bereft of more machines, I usually manage to fill it with whatever project I’m working on and staging my next project.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

The wide windowsill holds sewing supplies, including this small 3 drawer organizer where I keep my scissors, needles, extra sewing machine feet, and seam rippers.  The button lampshade was a hand painted gift from a sewing aunt, and the floral artwork is the sole piece of art in the room!  It was painted by my sister-in-law for Mr. Skirt Fixation’s birthday, but because it matches the roman shades I made for the room perfectly, I stole it!  

Because of this post, I’m noticing how bare the walls are…I have several mini quilts that I need to hang up, but I need hanging tips because duct tape probably isn’t classy enough! My favorite thing about sewing in the “Chocolate House” is all the light from every side!  Many of my flat lay photos are taken from the cutting table, and I don’t even need to add any extra lighting. 

 Thanks for visiting my sewing space today, I’m sorry there was no chocolate!  Please link up your sewing space in our link up so I can come visit you.

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6 comments :

  1. What a unique and very cool sewing space!

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  2. I would love to have a space to sew. What a blessing. Wow eight kids/?

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  3. I love your little chocolate house!! I have a nice big space in our home for a sewing area, but oh how I dream of an outbuilding some day :)

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  4. I love the way you store knit fabric - that's like a lightbulb in my brain. Mine is a big mess that I have to rummage through whenever I'm looking for a particular something, but now I think that I need to reorganise it. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. How very cool!! I always pictured you upstairs for some reason...now I can picture where all those splendid creations come from!! You are super organized!! My favorite part? Your yoga ball chair! Love, love!!

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  6. Thanks for the tour Audrey! What a unique creative space!

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