New sewing space, new sewing project

Sewing is a bit stressful for me–I hate cutting the fabric, I hate the big “set-up” (machine, iron, cleared space).  Since I’m a novice the intense focus required is just not relaxing, though it’s a bit of a vicious cycle–if I sewed more, it would be less “stressful” and so on.

But there are so many gorgeous fabrics out there.  There are websites just devoted to keeping up with what’s out there, and they run the gamut from vintage reproductions to bold new prints.  So I haven’t given up, even if I have done no sewing since, um, February I think?

Here’s a step:  my new sewing nook. 

Sewing machine setup

I was inspired by Weekend Sewing’s guide on how to set up to sew in small spaces.  (The author, Heather Ross, lives in NYC so she must have done some thinking about this!).  I even found the exact desk she featured, though I have to say I was a bit disappointed in West Elm’s craftsmanship.  The wheels on the rolling part of the pull-out desk don’t touch the floor and the drawer jams.  I got it on sale, at least, and at least I finally have something set up.

Kai's shirt--cut out fabric

I’m still going to have to haul out the iron and do the unpleasant cutting but the machine setup is one less obstacle.  Also note the fabric I prepped AND cut last night:  Fabric is from Heather Ross’s Mendocino line (It’s so sad she may not be coming out with more fabric lines–Ebay pricing has responded accordingly).  And in keeping with the Heather Ross theme, the pattern is Kai’s shirt from Weekend Sewing:   for little E of course!

Hopefully I’ll be able to show a finished product soon.  I’m reasoning that if I’ve actually cut the fabric, that’s half the battle.


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