I've enjoyed all the sewing room/studio makeovers happening lately . Haven't they been inspiring? I remember when I painted, ahem... I mean when Alyssa, Kelli, and Wendy painted my sewing room, how exciting that was. Of course it doesn't stop with painting, no that's just the beginning. All the shelves and tables and cabinets have to be moved to paint and you want to take care in putting them back. The books and fabric are stacked more neatly. More attention is paid to organization. My sewing room re-do started in December and has been evolving ever since. One change necessitates another. This is a room to be worked in, so above all, it has to be functional. Practical overrides pretty unless you can find a way for practicality to be pretty. What is comfortable and workable for one may not be for another. That said, initially my focus was on the aesthetics of the room. I wanted it to be a pretty sewing room, a place I enjoyed spending time since I spend most of my day here. Over time the aesthetic is still important but changes have been made in the name of function. Raising my cutting table four inches was one of those changes. What a difference! Thank you Mitch!! Only one slight problem. What about my sewing machine? It was on one end of the cutting table, now it's too high. Here's my solution.
These plastic stacking storage drawers were under the cutting table. I rolled them out and put a shelving board (left over from another project) on top. Voila, a free, functional, sewing table. I love this set up so much. Almost everything I need is at arms reach but somehow, I don't feel cramped. The sewing table is the bottom part of a U shape. To the left is the cutting table, to the right is the ironing board. Behind the ironing board is my wall of curtains that hides my fabric and book shelf. Right now my fabric is neatly folded, thank you Monica, but if I don't want to look at it, I just pull the curtain. The pegboard behind the sewing machine was something I had asked for last Mother's Day, if I remember correctly. It was purchased, just never installed. I gently reminded him by showing him how organized Erin's work space is. It worked. He framed it out with some molding, hung it and I painted it the color of the wall to soften it a bit. I needed a corkboard to keep up with notes and important dates and other small bits. I covered an existing framed corkboard with a thin layer of batting and linen. Pockets were sewn randomly on the linen to hold small things, inspired by Sally's amazing wall pockets.
Maybe this new setup will increase productivity, if only it could block blog reading. Now that would increase productivity.