But I am back at it AND in a new sewing room to boot! So today I produced two muslins / toiles (not quite sure what to call them) and tomorrow I plan on producing 2 more. (Pictures tomorrow). So why so many toiles? This ties into the reason I needed a sewing room.
To cut out material I used to have to remove both sewing machine and overlocker, all sewing implements etc from the dining table to be able to put down mats to cut out the fabric then put the machines back to sew then remove machines to cut again etc, so I decided to cut out the fabric for four garments to toile at once and then put the machines back to sew. That was back in March.....
Anyway - I got to thinking - we have a "nothing" room - more like a walkthrough. It has the bathroom, hallway and back sunroom off it and we use it for ironing - hence it was called the ironing room - now re-christened the sewing room. It had a whole lot of old books and a broken futon sofa that collected stuff and an ironing board in it. It had a cupboard in it that was used to store old linen and blankets that haven't been used in years.. so I thought - get rid of the futon and junk and make it a sewing room. Sooo - if I had to get rid of the futon - that entails a council junk day pick up which means I should really clean through the whole house to see what else can be thrown out.. So that takes up a couple of sewing weekends. Then we had visitors come to stay for a while - then I was told by the owner of a training business that I was updating my diploma with that he had sold the business and wanted me to finish my diploma within a a few weeks - which meant weekends creating assessment tools and assessments.... so finally - after making my sewing room I got to start to sew up the toiles I cut.
I purchased a fold up table for my machines - big mistake - huge - once you start sewing it is like sewing on a train on uneven tracks - things were flying everywhere! It was hilarious to start - not so much after a few hours - I feel like I have lost some fillings.
The sewing room:
|Easy access to both machines|
|It is great to have the ironing board within reach|
|A new home for Babs - which means she has been moved from the lobby where she had many a good time scaring delivery men (my sister made me cover her!!)- and my first full length mirror|
|Some good storage space|
|It has been so long since I sewed that Elle had to check that I had threaded the overlocker correctly|
|And that I had cut the fabric properly|
A table that doesn't shake rattle and roll
A chair so that I don't have to steal the one out of my office
A TV / DVD player - not to watch TV (I am so envious of the likes of Carolyn who can put on TV marathons to watch while sewing - I have to concentrate way too much!!) but to put on instructional DVDs
With these additions my sewing space will be complete.
Toiles / Muslins I am doing:
And finally this top. Don't know if this one will suit me - it will be a wait and see.