….I don’t have one.
My sewing space is actually my grand-mère Liliane’s old kitchen table, with both extra panels inserted in to make it as wide as possible, housed in our beautifully renovated kitchen.
When it comes to being a kitchen and dining room, the space is fabulous. The floors are heated, we have a beautiful view, and everything is new. All our cutlery, dishware, miscellaneous cooking stuff and foodstuff is housed in that amazing wall of cabinets, as well as in those near the sink and appliances.
Whenever I want to get sewing, I pull the sewing machine and basket out from its hiding place behind the comfy chair in the living room, go fetch whatever supplies I need and bring the ironing board and iron down from the closet in the master bedroom. See those wide drawers in the middle of the wall of cabinets? The one on the top left-hand side is actually where I hide my patterns, some sewing supplies and various sketches. As for my fabric, it is stashed in large plastic bins, at the top of my closet, but some of it migrates down to the kitchen whenever I’m working on a specific project. Needless to say that I invade the entire kitchen whenever I get sewing-obsessed, and it goes without saying that if I don’t clean up it all up before dinner time, there are some noticeable complaints!
The consequence of sewing in such a space is that I often think twice before taking on anything remotely lengthy, because I know the other inhabitants of the house will have to suffer through the process with me, and deal with the pieces of fabric and thread that get dropped on the floor.
Though I’m very lucky to have such a bright room to work in, I can’t help but dream of the day I can organize a dedicated sewing space, with my fabric, supplies and perhaps even (dare I say it?) a dress form close at hand. The following images have fired up my imagination and given me something to consider for the serious renovation plans we have in the works for next summer:
In the meantime, I plan on invading the kitchen once again for my next project, the lovely Galaxy dress knock-off by Vogue (8280):
Let the games begin!