Monday, 19 January 2015

My Sewing Room

When Gray asked if for Christmas I wanted him to give up his office and turn it into a sewing room for me I had to ask if he was being serious!  The whole reason Gray wanted to buy our house was so he could have his own little space, a kinda office come game room.  Giving it up meant way more to me than anything he could have bought me.  Once I knew he was actually serious I quickly decided on colours and how I wanted it to look, didn't want to give him time to change his mind.  I didn't need to fit in the ironing stuff as the utility room is right next door.  I also didn't want a dedicated cutting desk as I do most of my cutting out during my lunch break at work though I do have plenty of space if I need to.  We needed to keep the sofa bed as my sewing room doubles up as our third bedroom so I hunted high and low for cushions to make it look enticing and break up all that charcoal.






I knew that I wanted to make the room pretty and fill it full of things I love (other than just loads of fabric!) I wanted a picture shelf rather than having pictures hanging on the wall. I found most of the prints on Etsy and bought as many varying frames as I could get my hands on.  I love the way it came together, better than I imaged it could be.








We already had the storage unit from Ikea so I just filled it full of fabric and notions.  I can fit two rows of fabric in each cube so can make it look like my fabric habit is not that bad...





I also have a cube full of sewing books and patterns.  Most of the sewing books I own have been purchased from The Works, Roisin tipped me off to their awesome selection when I first told her I wanted to start sewing.  After making my beautiful silk dress I want to learn more about couture techniques so when I have my next occasion dress to sew I am going to pick up a few tips from my new book to make it even more special.  And I do own more than one pattern even though I choose to only make one!!



Talking of only making one sewing pattern, Christine Haynes kindly sent me the PDF for the Emery pattern cover so it could take pride of place in my sewing room.  It was only right after all!  I have also framed my gorgeous #simplybereal illustration.



Gray surprised me by also getting me Violet, my Lady Valet for Christmas.  I had asked for her for my birthday (WHICH IS IN A WEEK!) so it was a total surprise when he pulled her out of hiding on Christmas day.  She is modelling my latest make, I don't like leaving her naked!  My BFF is Janet, a Janome SMD3000, I love her and we spend many happy hours together.  She can occasionally be a bit temperamental (can't we all) but it is usually my fault and nothing that a fresh bobbin or a clean doesn't sort.  I love her dearly and recommend her highly if you're in the market for a new machine.



In case you were wondering Gray does still have a desk in the sewing room.  Kinda.  I have decided that I prefer having my sewing machine and overlocker on separate desks BUT I have also promised not to use my overlocker when Gray is in the room (sounds like a drill apparently) so we will never have to fight over the desk.  It's his when he wants to use it, I'm nice like that.  I have a Singer 14SH754 which I purchased for a fraction of the price at Lidl last year.  She has recently needed some repair work which was covered under the warranty and the service provided by Bogod & Co was awesome - picked up, fixed and returned to me within a week. I think she might have broken because I haven't named her yet...


I am absolutely over the moon with my new happy place, it is perfect in every way and I couldn't be happier with it.  I am looking forward to sewing the next 100 dresses in here.

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24 comments:

  1. Wow what a lovely little room! Really like the pictures on the shelf!

    That dress is amazing!xx

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  2. Oh this is so lovely! We moved into our house late last year and our third bedroom is my little office too, but I have big plans to turn it into an office/sewing room, so it is brilliant to see yours up and running. And I love the Lady Valet too! Obviously it's super useful, but it just makes it look the part. Thanks for the inspiration!! x

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  4. Oh, your sewing room is just perfect! Love the colour, the prints, everything! You are very lucky - we have 2 bedrooms and 2 kids, so no chance of a sewing room any time soon for me. And I have the same overlocker (Lidl?) and my husband makes the same complaint when I sew while he's trying to watch TV!

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  5. What a gorgeous space to create, absolutely love it...very jealous!

    Jane x | Queen Jane Approximately

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  6. This is lovely! I'm planning out a sewing room in the spare room of our new house (not moved yet, but can still plan!), so getting lots of ideas and inspiration from you here :) I've been wanting a dress form for ages, and this one looks perfect - might have to take the leap and just buy one. And the storage unit looks just like the sort of the thing I'm picturing too, so might need to make a trip to IKEA!
    Sian xx Rebel Angel

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  7. That was really nice of Gray to give up his office.
    I love the green/teal colour on the wall, and the picture shelf looks lovely.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

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  8. Looks perfect Sarah! I love that picture rail, might have to get one of those for my room. I'll have to come an inspect it in person ;) xxx

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  9. Wow what a lovely husband! I love what you've done with the room x

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  10. O my gosh! It's gorgeous. Looks like a wonderful haven to create in.

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  11. What a gorgeous room! I love the picture shelf.

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  12. Your sewing room looks amazing!

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  13. Beautifully done Sarah!
    How many years do you think it would take for you make a million dresses I wonder!xx

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  14. What a beautiful room! I bet you spend many a happy hour sewing and creating there. Gray is obviously a real keeper!

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  15. It's so pretty! I love all the colourful details!
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  16. I love this! I'm working on my own wee section in our spare room as well. Where did you get the variety of frames from? Also where do you mostly get your fabrics from and where do you get zips from? :-)

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    1. The frames are from all over the place, paperchase, ikea, asda, next, sainsburys etc etc. I get my zips from Jaycotts, if you spend £20 delivery is free - so much cheaper than buying them on the high street and they are YKK zips. I get my fabrics from all over the place, I link to the fabric or where I bought it from in the outfit posts and I try and tag in the manufacturer and the shop on instagram if possible. Enjoy putting your space together :)

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  17. Sarah, can you rember what the paint is you used on the wall with all your photo frames? It's lush!!

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    1. It's by Valspar and called turquoise twist, think its exclusive to B&Q.

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