Long time, no post….

They say the best laid plans, and all that. lol. Yeah. I had grand plans to making sure I posted a couple of times a week, and I also has plans on having the sewing room renovations completed, and a few projects started. But, as you all know, life happens. Since I haven’t really had time to get to the sewing room to finish it up, I picked my knitting back up, and have been making great progress on it. So far this year, I have completed my Jewel Shift Afghan, a shawlette, and about 18 pairs of socks, I knit really fast. I have set a goal of 52 pairs of socks this year, averaging 1 pair a week. Let’s see if I make it. At the current progress, I’m about a month ahead of goal.

Now, what about costume sewing? Well, that’s a fair question. I have really started feeling the itch to get started on some things. Right now, I am really feeling pulled to work on the set of Victorian undergarments that I want to make in black cotton, and I want to get a start on designing my Regency dress for this year’s picnic. With that urge pulling really strongly, I made some time to go down into the sewing room, and with a bit of help from Miss Julia, started getting things put away and organized. It’s much closer to being in working condition. I would love to paint before I start any projects, but with the weather acting crazy lately, I think I will let that wait another month or so. Plus, I’m still trying to decide on a paint color. lol. But, I hope to have something to share soon. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

My Fave 5 Friday – Sewing Room Design Ideas

If you have read the blog in the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I am currently in the process of remodeling the sewing room. I got started later in the year that I wanted, and it’s taking a bit longer than I wanted, but it’s moving along. So, in that spirit, I thought I would share the top 5 things I found on (where else) Pinterest that inspired me, and what I will be working into the sewing room makeover.

#5 – Framed Vintage Patterns

I love this idea! There have been many times that I have found some lovely vintage patterns at the thrift store. As it is now, they just occupy space in a pattern box. So, I will be picking my favorites, purchasing frames, and displaying them on the wall.

#4 – Stenciled Peg Board

We did start using peg board in the sewing room several years ago, but with the temporary set up we had, we didn’t attach it to the walls, and left it the drab brown color it came in. Besides the two large sections I already have, I was able to salvage several more pieces from work in different sizes. We’ll be painting all of it a nice base color, and then stenciling designs on it before hanging it all up.

#3 – Curtain Rod Paper Holder

I picked up a huge roll of brown paper several years ago at a yard sale. The guy had the roll of paper for about $5, and he saw that I really wanted, and was only slightly interested in the industrial sewing machine he had sitting beside it. Well, he made me a deal I couldn’t refuse. He told me that if I buy the sewing machine for $5, he would throw in the roll of paper for $1. Who can pass up a deal like that?!?!? Obviously, I couldn’t, even though my hubby wished I had when it came to the sewing machine. lol. I had been looking for a way to store/utilize it since, then I found this idea. Just so happens that as I was cleaning and rearranging the sewing room, I found a couple of old curtain rod hooks. Paired with a sturdy broom handle, and attached to the end of the cutting table, this looks like just the ticket.

#2 – Sewing Table

This idea is already being put together in the sewing room. I used a couple of half sized bookcases I had in the house already, and put a nicely finished counter top I salvaged from work on top. Not sure about the height of it yet, as I have yet to actually work on it, but I’m liking it so far.

And, now for….

#1 – Rolling Chair Cover

This past summer, my work relocated to a brand new facility, and when we did, we got all new office furniture. I took advantage of this and took home 3 nice office chairs for the sewing room. Now, since I work for a freight transportation company, they did get a little dirty, but nothing too terribly bad. So, when I saw this slip cover idea, I fell in love. I can’t wait to go to the fabric store and pick out a lovely fabric to cover them in.

This week, I decided to add a bonus pick:

My Dream Sewing Room

If I ever hit the lotto, this is what my sewing room will probably look like. How about you? What would your sewing room look like? Do any of the above design ideas inspire you? Have a few suggestions that would work great in any sewing room? Please share. I love hearing new ideas. Just click the little heart in the top right corner of the post. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

 

Jane is at it, again!

I had a friend over for dinner last night, Miss J. She was over to discuss sewing and costuming. I made my spicy chicken and Thai noodles with peanut sauce, and then Nutella and banana egg rolls, topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream for dessert. After which, we sat and discussed the particulars of a costume she is wanting to make for an up coming comicon. Then, I invited to see my sewing room, despite the deplorable state it’s in. While we were down there, we decided to dig through things, as she wanted to see some of the interesting costumes and accessories I have stashed down there. And, let me tell you, Jane was a disgrace! lol. She was kinda mean to our guest. Jane was apparently resting on the love seat that still currently resides in the sewing room (why she needs the rest, I’ll never know as she hasn’t done a thing in several years, lol), so we decided that she could make herself useful, and hold some of the garments we were sorting through. Don’t you know, as soon as we turned our backs to look at something, Jane shoved it all right back off and onto the floor. I understand that Jane and Daisy May have had that room all to themselves for the past couple of years, but that is no reason for Jane to so mean. lol. At least Daisy May had manners and stayed quietly to the side of the room while we visited. lol. But, all joking aside, we did end up making progress in the sewing room last night, by accident. As we looked through things, we did a bit of sorting. I did end up taking a straight pin to the instep of my right foot (that carpet has got to go!). That made me realize just how tender my feet have become from not sewing over the past couple of years. With some good progress made last night, Miss J has promised to help me with the sewing room, in exchange for teaching her how to sew her own costumes and garments for cosplay and her photo shoots. That means the sewing room should start seeing a lot more action in the very near future. It’s also very encouraging for me, and makes me want to get things done quickly, so I can get back in there. Depending on how work treats me today, I may go home and put in some time either in the sewing room, or in the spare room collapsing the mountain of boxes from Christmas, so I can make room for the love seat out of the sewing room. I know, poor Jane is going to lose her napping spot, but oh well. The lazy wench needs to get back on her stand,  and start working for her keep again. lol. So, until next time…. Happy Sewing!