Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

Bonjour!

This post is all about creating an inspiring and organised sewing space to keep you motivated and to avoid frustration during your projects.

Here’s what my ‘sewing area’ used to look like in my crowded little flat…

Old sewing space

(…it’s the tiny desk in the corner by the blinds if you are struggling to see it through the mass of Christmas shopping on the floor).

I did manage to make some nice pieces (see below) despite the lack of space, but the finishing wasn’t as neat as it could have been and the perfectionist in me won’t let me wear them anymore until they are just right. For example, I rushed my first attempt at bias binding and hemming, and the result was a bit wonky.

Party Dress
Work Christmas party dress in black taffeta, made using Vogue Vintage Pattern V8789
Sundress made using Vogue Vintage pattern V8788
Sundress in floral cotton, made using Vogue Vintage pattern V8788

In a nutshell, my previous attempts at making beautiful garments were hindered by an inadequate sewing space, my tendency to rush by setting myself unachievable deadlines, and attempting patterns that were (if I’m honest) just too advanced for me. It got to a point when sewing felt more like a chore than a hobby.

As soon as I admitted all this to myself I instantly felt better about sewing again. I also felt inspired to rekindle my love for sewing after reading Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes.

“Whether you’re sewing on the kitchen table or in your very own craft room, you’ll want to make your space both practical and pretty. Having easy access to your tools, keeping things organised and having a beautiful space that inspires you to create can make a huge difference to your sewing productivity.”  Tilly Walnes.

By this point my boyfriend and I had moved in with his parents to save up for a house, which meant I had even less space to play around with! I decided to follow Tilly’s advice and also go back to basics, always measure twice and cut once, and vow to never again set myself a silly deadline.

We invested in a suitable desk from Ikea to house my machine and other equipment, and a storage unit to keep my fabric organised. Here’s the finished setup:

My new sewing space
My new sewing space

So now I’m all set and ready to make beautiful clothes again. I’m going to start by making some key wardrobe pieces from Love at First Stitch so keep an eye out for more posts soon. If you have any sewing storage tips then please do share. Feel free to ask any questions you might have about my sewing equipment and thank you for reading.

Until next time,

Lauren