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!
Here’s a before and after of my cutting situation:
The bed risers I bought from Amazon are pretty much the perfect height for me; the table top hits an inch or two below my belly button.
I haven’t cut anything out on it yet, but I did do some pattern prep and definitely found it much more comfortable than my previous situation.
My mat doesn’t quite fit on the table, but having 1/2″ extending off each side is much better than the 2″+ I had flopping off previously.
I love that the table is narrow enough for this space, but is long enough to support extra fabric on one end so it’s not just hanging off and distorting it, which was another issue with my old table. All of these photos show the table fully extended with the extra leaf, which adds about two feet of extra length.
Thought while I was at it, I’d give you a wee tour of my Cutting Dungeon of Doom. It’s just really dark down there, but is a lovely place to hang out when it’s super hot out – so nice and cool! I will probably bitch about this come January. Though, I will probably bitch about everything come January.
Speaking of dungeons, the overhead lighting of our basement is piss poor. We have one dim fixture at the bottom of the stairs and then only two more for the whole 500 square foot space. This is something we’ve discussed improving, but haven’t seriously looked into yet. That, and adding electrical outlets to the exterior wall (there aren’t any…WTH previous owners?)
Anyway, to combat the dim haze of scheisse overhead lighting, I have approximately 5 million lamps surrounding my cutting table. They are are random mish-mash of all of the lamps deemed unfit for upstairs use, (for instance, the 3 headed lamp’s first home was my childhood bedroom) plus a faux Ott-Lite that I decided was needed more in the basement than next to my sewing machine. All of that and I still feel like I could use a bit more illumination…
As you can see, I also have an ironing board down yonder. I’ll probably buy a wall mount for it so it doesn’t always have to be out. I don’t use it that much, but ever since we got a new ironing board as a wedding gift, I decided it would be nice to have one near the cutting area: sometimes you don’t realize how wrinkled your fabric is until you get down to the basement! And being able to iron out super wrinkly patterns is always a plus.
And lastly, I have my little corner of what-not.
First off, there are most of my digital patterns, printed off and all rolled together on one tube. It’s not an ideal situation; I have no idea what’s on that tube and even if I did I would have to potentially unroll ALL of them to get to what I need. I really have no fucking clue how to store these damn things. What do you do? This is one of the many reasons why I hate printable patterns (yet I still keep using them…).
And then there’s my little cart of supplies.
It’s not an heirloom or really anything special, but this little cart was my grandma’s, so I always think of her when I’m cutting. When it’s organized, I have different things on each of the three shelves.
The top shelf holds everything I need for cutting and marking. Wax/chalk tracing paper (LOVE the yellow wax stuff; picked it up from the FIT bookstore TEN years ago when I was going to school there, and it’s still going strong), tracing wheels, pattern weights (or marshmallows/poops, depending on who you ask), pencils, rulers (french curve, hip curve, L square, gridded ruler), paper scissors, tape, and 60 mm and 28 mm rotary cutters. Whew.
The middle shelf holds fabrics. I keep all of my muslin down by my cutting station as well as my fusible woven interfacing (hate that non-woven crap) and a few lining choices (with more up in my sewing room).
The bottom shelf holds paper. I keep my big roll of pattern paper here as well as traced off patterns I haven’t gotten cut yet and MORE of those pesky printable patterns. Folded, on a roll, I still don’t know how to properly store them. It really bothers me that I can’t seem to come up with a good solution that doesn’t take a ton of space.
So, that’s pretty much all she wrote. Here’s hoping I get my sewing machine and serger back from the shop this week and can show you my sewing room, too!