New Sewing Studio!

4:00 PM

It was only a year ago that I was posting a sewing studio update. A lot changes in a year! Three weeks ago, we moved into a new home and that meant a new studio. I had a love/hate relationship with the thought. I hate packing and unpacking. But there is no one, not even our professional movers that I would entrust with packing my sewing things. I needed to know where every single bobbin was going to be.
Happy Place Wall Art from Hobby Lobby
In the last 12 years, I have sewn in so many nooks and crannies of my home. I literally got in wherever I fit in. I started out in a corner of my bedroom. That became an issue quick when Michael was ready for bed and wanted the lights off... but I just had to get in a few more stitches! Plus, that wasn't exactly a situation where I could leave things and spread out. And then I took over the dining room. Again, not ideal. So a few years after that, I decided that since we had a huge family room to simple create a living room/dining room combo and just keep the dining room to myself. That was better for space. But still, it was always near the front door. I still had to keep things in order. 
So as soon as my children started leaving the nest, that's when I finally got to have a true designated sewing area that was all mine. No family traffic flowing through. Just mine! I fell head over heels in love with bedroom converted sewing studio. But I packed so much stuff into that room that I almost immediately grew out of it. We had toyed around with looking to move because we were no longer bound to the area because of the school district. For the first time in over 20 years, we could finally live anywhere that we wanted to! Joy!
My new set up is pretty similar to the previous. The differences this time is obviously a lot more space. I'm in the basement and there are no windows. I'll take the space over the windows any day! And I'm back to ecru walls. I'd changed my wall color last year to a very cool pale gray. I may go back to that one of these days. No promises... That move wore me out and I can't even think about moving things around right now.
I added a basic shelf from Home Depot. 
The rails, s-hooks and basket are from Ikea. And I found the wire baskets on the shelf at the thrift store.

Having my thread at arm's reach is a must!

I like having patterns that I want to sew for the season nearby.
I replaced my iron a few months ago with the Sapporo SA-SP527 Gravity Feed Iron from Amazon. I also use a Wide Top Ironing Board.
I'm still using my cutting table, it's the Home Hobby Table with Drawers. We removed the casters and put it on risers. I'm pretty tall, so my table needed to be raised from the "average" height. Mine stands at 37" high. But now that I have a lot more space, I'll be upgrading this one soon. It's just out of proportion with this large space. I'll be creating something custom for my needs.
I'm not a fan of blank spaces on my wall. I wanted something reflective of my style. I'm completely obsessed with Oliver Gal's fashion prints. And maybe one day I'll splurge. But today, they're completely out of my price range, especially for the amount of space I wanted to cover.  
So I decided to find similar, inspired prints on Etsy that are printable. And I framed them in 11"x17" frames.
I don't know if any of you longtime Vogue Magazine readers remember back in the day, when they would publish these Manolo Blahnik illustrations in the back of the March and September issues. Well, I collected them for years! I framed them and I had them around the top of my closet. But I thought I'd put them out in plain view since I have the wall space.
Since this basement was meant to be a den, there's a fireplace down here. I think it adds a bit of glamour and drama to the room. Am I the only one that hates a naked dress form? Since I haven't had time to sew anything, I decided to dress my girl in something fabulous! This is Vogue 1288 made in gorgeous sequin pailettes. She really dresses up the room.

I have my favorite sewing books out on display. You can check out my sewing library here.
Mirrors are so freaking expensive! I was so lucky to find a great deal on this one from Home Goods!
And the full pattern collection lives here!

I love this cute little shoe! It's a daily reminder: "For we walk by faith, not by sight." - 2 Corinthians 5:7.
And even though I don't have windows, I can always just stick my head around the corner!

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83 comments

  1. Congrats !! on your new space.. nothing beats having a space where one can dream & create.

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  2. Congrats! To my friend in my head! I love how you make it do what it do! I've been quietly following you for some time. I'm so happy for you and all you contribute to the sewing world. I love that you " keep it real".

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    1. Thank you so much Sassy Sewer!

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  3. Oh I love the shoe!!!
    Beautiful space.

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    1. Such a cute find at Hobby Lobby! Thanks Nylse!

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  4. Great space and not so many steps to civilization! Make sure that new cutting table is slammin! They really can make a space fun!

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    1. As soon as we both rest up, we'll tackle a table! Thanks Carol!

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  5. So happy that your move is done and you now have a beautiful dedicated sewing space. I know that there will be some gorgeous garments created.

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    1. So happy it's done too! Now back to work! Thanks Tanya!

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  6. Congratulations on your new space - it's really pretty.

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  7. Congratulations on your new sewing room; so much better than a bedroom.

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    1. So much better! Thanks Nancy!

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  8. Erica,
    Enjoyed the tour of your new sewing space. I love to see where others create. I took moved the beginning of January. I'm still not totally unpacked. Seeing your new room is inspiring me to empty of some more boxes!

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    1. The boxes would've completely paralyzed me. I had to get rid of them! I'm tired behind it, but it's done. Thanks Sheri!

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  9. Congratulations on your new home and sewing space Erica! I too love the fireplace and the glamour that it gives the space.

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  10. LOVE the new space! In the beginning of the tour, I was thinking, "Where are all of her patterns? When you showed us, I said, "Oh, okay." LOL

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  11. Congrats on your new sewing space. It is beautiful and I know will foster many hours of creativity.

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    1. Cheers to that! Thanks Tomasa!

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  12. Congrats on the move. That fireplace set up in your sewing room is so sweet.

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  13. Congratulations on your new sewing space,it's sew...beautiful����

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  14. Congratulations, Erica! I envy you all that glorious space!!

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    1. One of the best parts of living in The South -- square footage! Thanks Peter!

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  15. Congratulations on your new home and new studio. Love the prints on the wall and that space you have is amazing.

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  16. Wow, what a great space! I would say this will take your sewing up a notch, but it is already at the top!

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    1. It's definitely inspiring! Thanks Vicki!

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  17. Awesome new space...ENJOY!

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    1. Thank you so much Ruqayyah!

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  18. Thank you for the tour, I love how you displayed the Manolo Blahnik illustrations. Not to !Ention the "Walk by faith" reminder.

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  19. What an inspiring and well organized space. Enjoy!

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  20. wow - so much space - some great storage ideas, jealous of that shelf with your ironing board, I am forever moving the tailors ham around to find space! best of luck

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  21. Your studio is fantastic!! Love the color and the fireplace.

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  22. I enjoyed reading your post. I am moving in a few days and my husband packed my sewing stuff! This looks amazing, home sweet home.

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  23. Lucky you - what a great space. You did a great job of organizing everything and still have enough room to move around. So jealous. For me - I think I'd paint it a nice yellow. Not having any windows - yellow would simulate sunlight, and to me I feel yellow is a happy color. Looking forward to your blogs showing us all the great things your sewing in your awesome space. Happy sewing!!!

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  24. Your new room looks wonderful! I love seeing other people's sewing spaces. Did you repair your pattern cabinet? I want to repaint mine but the thought of emptying and lugging outside stops me every time. I also really like that Tiffany / Cambpell's soup can illustration. My last job there was a wall of 12 of the Warhol prints. Out of curiosity, did you move close to the city or further away? Just straight being nosy, lol!

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    1. No repairs. It needs a new coat of paint and some hardware though. We left the suburbs and moved into the city limits. You can find amazing houses for the cost of a mediocre suburban apartment with those suburban school district premiums. Thanks Renee!

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    2. Whoops! I meant repaint. Autocorrect strikes again. Thanks for taking the time to respond!

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  25. Your new room is gorgeous, congratulations! I can't wait to hear about the new cutting table. I'm sure it's going to be fabulous! Finally congrats on surviving the move - I hate packing and unpacking too!

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    1. Yes, we survived! I'm dog tired, but very excited. Thanks Carolyn!

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  26. I am so envious of your beautiful space and it is so organized. I'll bet when you are in the throes of making it doesn't look quite like that.

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  27. Love it! You're making me even more eager to get my own place!!

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    1. Nothing like being able to spread out! Thanks Tasha!

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  28. Wonderful! I got a vicarious thrill viewing your beautiful sewing room; so happy for you.

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  29. Congratulations on your new home and sewing studio! It truly is a great inspiring and creative space! I laughed when you mentioned if you were the only one who had a problem with a "naked dressform"! I do too and never leave her undressed! Have fun in your new space and I look forward to more creative inspirations!!

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  30. Gorgeous! Color me jealous! We moved from a big house in Florida where I had a bedroom as my sewing room to a New York City apartment where I am lucky to have a room smaller than my old walk in closet as my office/sewing-room/purse storage. It does suck the joy out of sewing when I have to pick everything at the end of the day and put it away.

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    1. But you live in NYC! That's a pretty good sacrifice!

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  31. I agree with everyone else - great sewing space! But did I miss something? Where's the fabric? Are you one of those people who with exceptional self-control who ONLY buys fabric for the next project?

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    1. I keep a moderate stash, but I'm not a fabric stasher -- at all! I decide on the garment and locate fabric. Thanks!

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  32. FIESTA Erica!!! Lovely space!!! And I love that "Faith" Shoe :)

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    1. Thanks Monica! It was such a cute find at Hobby Lobby!

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  33. Love the space. I especially love the way you keep your scissors. So brave to have them out in the open. Or maybe its because the chief scissor abusers have moved out of the home!? Enjoy.

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    1. I've never had a problem with that. They all knew better! Thanks Ruth!

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  34. Hi Erica, this is my first time seeing your blog but what a wonderful introductory post! Your sewing space is the stuff of my dreams. Maybe one day...:-) Enjoy a new level of creativity!

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  35. What a beautiful sewing space Erica! I am happy for you. Do you have a flat screen tv in your sewing space? Have a wonderful time in your new home!

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    1. Yes! A tv is a must have for me! Thanks BPatricia!

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  36. Wow, all that and sorting your home out as well I am really impressed, what a fabulous space to work.

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  37. What a GORGEOUS space! I'm definitely eyeing some of your storage solutions, particularly the scissor storage, that's amazing. Congratulations on your new digs! May you have many years of joy in them! :)

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  38. Wow!!! Congrats on your new space and new home. I went and checked out those fashion prints by Oliver Gal and they are breath taking! You have inspired me to put something up on my sewing room walls which have been bare for a while. Thank you.

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