Finding the Space to Sew
Boy has it been quiet around these parts lately. A new baby and a new house have meant I’ve needed to find new rhythms and new routines. I now have to add home renovation projects to the baby/science/running/sewing juggle!
Thanks to some longish baby girl noontime naps, I’ve recently been able to start setting up a nice sewing space in the basement, complete with a makeshift cutting table and ample space for fabric and pattern storage. There’s not a lot of natural light, so getting work-in-progress shots will not be as easy as it once was, but I love that I can now leave whatever it is I’m working on out on the sewing table. Not having to clean up really helps keep projects moving forward when I only have twenty minutes or so to sew at a time.
I’ve yet to find the time to actually organize anything, partly because I’m still trying to figure out how to best utilize the space. I really liked the recent post by Sarai of Colette Patterns on her comic-book-pattern-storage system. I used to use narrow boxes that came free from my local Costco and fit nicely under my bed, but the differently sized envelopes of the various pattern companies’ patterns never stacked together perfectly. Now that I have space and actual shelves, I’d like to figure out a system that would be a nice, permanent solution.
As for my fabric stash, I’m wondering about hanging it on hangers instead of shoving it into large plastic bins or folding it up on the basement shelves. Anyone have any thoughts as to the best way to store fabric? Does hanging fabric stretch out of shape over time?
In the meantime I’m trying to work on my first post-baby project for MSN. I wanted it to be a By Hand London Polly Top (my first BHL pattern!) and Vogue V1247 skirt (a repeat, first made here), but I’m currently underwhelmed by the fit of the top. Since I was eager to get sewing, I cut right into my fabric after checking the typical bust, waist, hip measurements on the paper pattern, but I didn’t think to measure the length of the shoulders. I think I would like the top better if it were a little shorter, but it just breaks my heart to undo the bias binding along the neckline and the sleeves since so much of my precious sewing time this past week went into putting the binding on. I have half a mind to just resew the seam with the bias binding as-is, and then tack back the seam allowances. But, what I should probably do is just put the top aside, work on something else, and then come back to it when I’m ready to put in the time it needs to fix it correctly. Regardless, I hope to have something new and fun to show off over at MSN sometime this month!
What are you up to these days, and what tips do you have for someone setting up a new sewing space?