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My Sewing Room Today

Welcome back!  Sorry if that last post was a bit of a snoozer.  I tend to get excited when it comes to my sewing space and geek out too much.  Are you ready for round two?  Hope so!

Here it is…the moment you’ve accepted is coming been waiting for…

A tour of my sewing room today!

Sewing Room from doorwayView from the entrance of my 10×11 sewing paradise.

Sewing Room fabric storageTo the right, you’ll find storage.  Lots and lots of storage.

Sewing Room
To the left, sewing desk, and small storage.

Sewing Room exit viewAs you exit, you’ll find a closet, a cabinet, and a dress form that needs to be kept
out of sight of the doorway lest it freak you into thinking some strange really
still person has invaded your home.

Now that you’ve seen The Sewing Room in all of its glory, it’s time to explore.

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My Sewing Room: an Evolution

My sewing room has been a work in progress since I bought my house in November of 2010.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived here for almost four years now!

In those four years so much has happened.  My sister had my niece, (my nephew was just over a year old when I bought the house) and shortly after I met Mr. 5.  In 2012 he moved in, (Oh, sin!) and then we got married this year.  <3 

These are just a few of the lots of wonderful things I’ve experienced in this little starter home.

This is the first photo of them together and one of my favorites

From the first time I looked at the house, I knew the room the current owners were using as an office would be my sewing room.  My sewing room, which after proof-reading this post, seems like a poster child for Ikea.  Hope I don’t bore you too much with my loquacious detail:  seeing other people’s sewing spaces is fascinating to me and I decided it was time to share.

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Join me for Sew Selfless September

I spend most of my creative time making things for myself.  I am generally pretty selfish in this regard and am only mildly apologetic for it (though I hate having to say no and often feel guilty about it):  sewing, knitting, and crafts in general take a lot of time and effort and there aren’t enough hours in the day.  In a nutshell:  I am often pretty Grinchy about it.

That being said, I’ve decided that it’s time to give back, give thanks, and be grateful for the gift of these skills I have – the ability to make beautiful things with my two hands.

To celebrate, I have decided to make for others this September, which also happens to be National Sewing Month.

Sew Selfless September

My pledge:

I, Jess, of the Sometimes Sewist, pledge this Sew Selfless September to sew three items for my friends and family.

Why three?  Because more than that may drive me nuts, and I’m confident I’ll be able to finish them, considering my early and late September non-sewing related commitments (AKA life).   I think I can make it work; if not, I’ll die trying.  OK, not really.

Want to join me for the first ever Sew Selfless September?

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Mini Wardrobe 2014 Surprise

So, I didn’t win the Mini Wardrobe contest, but that’s cool.  After all of the wardrobes were entered I knew there was no way – so many awesome collections made by spectacular sewists!  I felt like I held my own fairly well, but by no means had the most creative or cohesive wardrobe.

And really, I have five new garments, so that’s a win, right?

And then something really fun and unexpected happened – Deepika (founder of Pattern Review) mailed a surprise to everyone who participated!  

*Spoiler:  if you participated in the Mini Wardrobe contest and haven’t received your surprise yet, read no further!*

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Cutting Table Bliss

First, I want to address the tragedy of Robin Williams’ passing.  He was both a comedic and dramatic genius; his life’s work made an impact on my life and I am so very sad for his family and the world to have lost him.  His untimely death is also a reminder of how devastating of an illness depression is and how important it is to know the signs and know that it can affect anyone.  From what I’ve seen, he was being treated, but hopefully his passing will raise awareness that will ultimately help others.

As someone who has struggled with depression in the past, it was the insight of a cherished, wonderful lecturer in my college apparel design program who first mentioned I seemed off.  She gave me the nudge I needed to get help and I’m grateful.

I don’t know the anguish Robin was feeling that caused him to end all pain (if that’s even what happened, which seems likely), but it grieves me to think of what he may have gone through.  Here’s hoping that now he can rest in peace.

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So, I finally got it assembled…my new Nordbyn table from Ikea!  Sure, it wasn’t quite the Ikea hackers DIY situation I had envisioned, but I am very happy with the outcome!

Cutting room reorg
It’s not rocket science

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