Monday, June 13, 2011

Sewing room ...woo-hoo!

Well, the renovations are not over yet but we have had a lull where we have been able to move into some of the new spaces. DH & I are installed in our new bedroom, which means the old bedroom is now known as my Sewing Studio (or Sanity Studio). It is a work in progress, but this is it as it stands so far....

The room needs painting desperately but for now it is clean and I am moved in - Woo-hoo!

My sewing spirit has had a huge resurgence and I am having trouble controlling myself to not start too many projects at once. Now I have my clothes installed in a new spacious wardrobe (dressing room really) and the weather has become really cold here, it has really highlighted where I have holes in my wardrobe. Namely cold weather clothes. My staple at the moment is pants, long sleeved tees worn with a cardi or jacket and then dressed up with a scarf or a big chunky necklace.

So as part of filling this need for tops, I have tried the Turtleneck top from Burda 09-2010-121.

This is my 'trial'. The fabric is from Gorgeous Fabrics - a lovely quality jersey, but the pattern is not really doing it for me. Perfect to trial this first cut.

It is a great pattern as everyone says on Pattern Review. The sleeves are long but I like that, the neck is high and not my best look but necessary in this cold. I will cut the sleeve cap down a bit for my next version, but apart from that nothing to dislike about this pattern. There are some great
reviews written already, so I am not sure if I need to review it.

I have also trialled Burda 04-2011-117. I used a stretch woven cheapie bought from Gardams probably 2 years ago. Even though it was inexpensive it is quite a nice fabric and I think will get worn a bit. Only a hanger shot at the moment, but I will try and get better photos.

The waistband is made form Petersham ribbon. I only had black or white in my stash, so I tea-dyed the white Petersham to take the edge of the brightness. These pants will have tops over the top of the waistband (not tucked in) and I didn't want the white waistband to show through my clothes. I am really happy with these and have a piece of stretch wool twill cut to make a second pair (from Gorgeous Fabrics).

And while my sewing machine was unavailable I did finish some crochet...

The Frilly Enchante scarf - on Ravelry here. So pleased to have a project finished and somehow I have managed to pick up two more crochet projects to take it's place (why do I do that??)

Well I haven't blogged much lately and still haven't shown you my McCalls 6974 dress in a 'proper' photo-shoot but I hope life will start settling back to a more normal pace soon, so regular blogging can resume. However we still have the kitchen and old bathroom to go... *sigh*


  1. congratulations on your new sewing room. Hopefully lots of happy . relaxing , productive sewing in the future.

  2. Sue, your new studio is wonderful, how exciting to have a dedicated space! It looks quite spacious, enough for a cutting table too, I can see why your sewing mojo is in overdrive :-) I sew lots of happy sewing hours ahead ...

  3. ooops, meant to say I see, not I sew, but maybe it was meant to be...

  4. You have been very productive despite all the demands on your time - I bet your are REALLY looking forward to your renovation being over... glad for your sake the sewing room is now operational!

  5. Sue love your new studio, it is so light and I'm sure you will have many hours of enjoyment in your new Studio.

    Hope you can post photos of you wearing both your new pieces, as the turtleneck is one of the patterns I really want to trace off and the pants sound very interesting.

  6. It's lovely to have your own dedicated sewing room, isn't it? Not a huge amount of sewing goes on in mine, but it is a place to dream and fondle the stash and multiplying patterns. :>
    The problem with living in a relatively warm climate is that we always get caught when winter eventually rolls around.
    Look forward to seeing more of your creations.

  7. Woot woot!!! Congratulations on your new sewing (and sleeping!) digs.

  8. What a great sewing space and you will be inspired to the hilt. Lovely blouse and is perfect for the cold season.

  9. Congratulations on the new sewing space. It looks spacious and a great place to work/create.

  10. I love your sanity studio!

    And I'm not jealous at all...

  11. I've been mid renovation for most of the past 10 years. At the moment I have a makeshift kitchen in a room where all the walls do not reach all the way to the ceiling. It's been like a wind tunnel this cold weekend. My sewing room, however, is warm and cosy and has its own fireplace. You won't know yourself when your room is ready to roll. You will be filled with inspiration. Can't wait to see what you make.

  12. Congrats on the new sewing room! A new room would help anyone's mojo return.

  13. Looking good Sue! Both the room & the sewing. :)

  14. Congratulations on the new sewing room! I know it must be wonderful to have a space to spread out in and enjoy your craft!

  15. The scarf may have caused you grief, Sue, but it has turned out great. Your new sewing space is fabulous and you should be able to continue creating wonderful things there.


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