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April 3, 2013

workspace2

workspace1New workspace setup in my living room.

It’s almost amazing what a little rearranging will do. I originally had these two tables set up in my bedroom side by side linearly with both sewing machines. It looked slick, yet highly inefficient for me. I HATED going in my bedroom to sew. I didn’t have as much natural light + having the tables longways didn’t make for a helpful fabric-laying surface. I was still cutting and laying my fabrics + patterns on the floor. It’s such an annoyance to crawl around on the floor, hunch over to cut pieces, and it absolutely KILLS my knees!

I was trying really hard to keep my living room space a pure living room space. Just couch, coffee table, tv, a few books on the shelves so when people come over they know I be readin’. People over? I hardly ever have people over. And secondly, it’s MY living room space and I was doing a horrible job living up to the room’s name.

I’ll admit, it’s a bit of an eyesore in the room. But me actually feeling motivated and happy to work on a sewing project is absolutely priceless. Not like I’m ever really excited about going to work ever, but I am so extremely sad that I will be leaving my awesome home workspace for the next few days….I just enjoy working away now so much more!

peplum pre1Peplum top drafting. Using Vogue Easy Options pattern #8184 for the top + creating my own pattern for the peplum lower half.

peplum pre2

peplum pre3Good thing I made a practice first. The top will fit perfect, but that flared “peplum” bottom obviously needs work!

I’m really super obsessed with this neon yellow trend going around. I wanted to make a fabulous tube style dress with a flared bottom in the color for the summer, but when I went to the fabric store the only had one bolt of a loud (not neon) yellow. AND it was only 1 3/8 yards left on the bolt. Down, but not out, I gladly took it home and decided that although I couldn’t make an entire dress, I could probably pull off a peplum tube top. (The yellow fabric is shown on the table in the first two photos)

I gotta stop here. I have to wake up super early for work + unfortunately I’ll have to wait 4 whole days until I can tackle this project again *shaking fist*

Till next time kids.

  • http://www.Considermelovely.com Rocquelle

    I’m glad you moved the tables. They make for such a cute working corner space!

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      I’m definitely glad too! Thanks Rocquelle :D

  • Chris

    I can SO relate! I sew in my bedroom & have to take everything down and put it away at the end of the day. (grrr!) So glad you found a solution in your space. I plan to get my own place in a couple of months & I Fantasize about having a permanently set up sewing area. yay! :-)

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      UGH I hear you!! Before I did the same when I was at home at my parents house &I had no choice but to make the bedroom work. Like you said, you end up spending so much of your time setting your area up/breaking it all down, it puts a damper on the whole experience. Just wait. Since you only have a few more months to go, you’ll definitely more than appreciate having the space to your liking. You’re going to love it!!

  • http://www.vertical-gardener.com Val

    Man, when I saw the pictures of your living room, I was like, that’s awesome! The tables look like they fit perfectly beside your couch, and the natrual lighting I’m sure is great. Why don’t you throw some artwork on the walls around the tables to tie the whole room together? You could also arrange your sewing materials on the tables in a cool way or throw some little decorative nick nacks on the tables when you’re not working. I’ve seen similar setups at friends’ apartments. They had a little computer or art workspace nook in their living room. But it looks way cooler if the space has a little of the person’s personality. I think the more you deck out the space, the more you’ll be inspired, too :). Great that you found a space that works for you!

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      Yes!! Some major decking-out is in order. I’m tired of these white walls &I need to showcase a bit more of me in this place still. It would definitely bring on the inspiration no doubt, because simply moving tables around has already boosted my (sewing) mojo.

  • http://www.vertical-gardener.com Val

    FYI, Ikea has a lot of great prints, and I got all my office artwork from Goodwill. I found a print from a French artist I like on wood there that usually goes for $100+!

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      Say WUT?!?!!! I would’ve never thought to go to Goodwill for artwork!

  • Jeana

    Your post gave me some inspiration on my space. Thanks buddy! Can’t wait to see how your top comes out!!

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      Yay!! I’m glad :)

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