My SEWing Space



FINALLY! Let me just say that I am so glad to be finished with this task. It's hard to try and complete remodels while working a full-time job, maintaining a blog and sewing all at the same time, somethings got to give. I was determined to move in my last few items this past weekend and complete this room. I have had several rooms in my home dedicated to my sewing & crafts and last year I lost my sewing room because we decided to give our sons their own rooms. [Not that they really needed their own spaces because in reality that just means two dirty rooms instead of one!] So with that move I set up shop in the dining room, which is at the front of my home, yes you could see everything when you came in the door. At first I made sure that I kept the area clean but you know that wore off. I just hoped that nobody showed up unexpectedly!

......So I decided to move down to the basement, I had my business office down there in prior years and then it became the family computer area. It is not a finished basement but the walls are brick and the floor is concrete, we have a drainage ditch outlying the basement for the sub-pump. We are considering getting it finished but we have 8 years of college in the near future sooooooo, that may be a pipe dream. I figured I would be OK as is and decided to get the remodel started, which leads us to this reveal today.

These are the before pictures with all our stuff used to the back area we use for laundry. Yeah it was hard to do laundry for a while. I had to weed through things, throw out things and give some things a new home.
This is the faux leather that I used to make my room dividers, I think they came out really well and they will do for now. 

I added decorative paper to the back of my shelves used as a base for my cutting/craft table.

Welcome to my newly decorated SEWing Space! [I still have a few nic-nacks to add but this is it right now.] The picture start at the front and then around the room.
 My "Rippin Ain't Easy" unconventional masterpiece!

This area will be changed. I am going to add a floor length mirror under this window. I could not find a bare wall for a mirror and as I was taking these photos I realized that was a good open spot, so I will find a new home for those items on this wall.
 This here is Harry, who was thrown in the garage for several years. A fresh coat of golden paint and he is back bolder than ever living under my cutting table.[Harry is ode' to my mother]

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  1. Love the work you've done! I'm enjoying reading your blogs!

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    1. Thanks I still have to do a photo shoot of the completed project. Coming soon! I am glad your enjoying what I do, be sure to check back!

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  2. I may have to get your advice on my family room make-over! I'm not really sure what I want to do with it because it's not a very big space my options are pretty limited!

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    1. Thanks I'm about to put up the completed pics, I just have a few touches to add before I get the camera going! Small spaces can be masterpieces as well! Holla if you need some input.

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  3. Very nice space, Michelle. I love all the personal touches that make it an enjoyable place to spend time. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Aisha, I agree if I have to be there i want to enjoy being there.

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  4. Marvelous darling, just marvelous. Great work on the make over. How do you like Gertiesnook for better sewing?
    Michelina

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    1. Thanks a lot!! I have not gotten into the book yet.

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  5. I LOVE IT.....such a beautiful space....I would never leave the room.....enjoy!

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  6. I love it....such a beautiful room.....I would never leave it....enjoy!

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    1. Kaye as much sewing as I have in que, I may not leave this room!

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  7. Your new space looks beautiful! So organized and pretty!

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    1. Karen I'll get back to you in a few weeks on that organized thing....it may be a different story once I get in there and start working! LOL!

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  8. So crafty and colorful--love it!

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    1. Just call me Crafts-R-Us! I love it! Thanks Robin.

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  9. Bright, beautiful, electrifyingly gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Chryle! I'm scared to actually start working in it cause it ain't gonna look like this for long! LOL!

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  11. I really enjoyed your post. You did an amazing job on your sewing space!!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my space, I over the moon about this right now! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. You did an AWESOME job, I could lose track of time in a room like this! I enjoy your blog, you are so inspiring! So...about that denim jacket, will we be getting details on that soon?😉

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    1. I am happy to have you as part of my blogging family!!!! ahahahaha! That denim jacket, you're the first person to mention it, yes that will be coming soon on the blog.

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    2. Yes! I'm looking forward to it! I still haven't tried Simplicity 1421 yet, after seeing this denim jacket, I'm going to give it a try.

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    3. You should it's a great pattern. Share it when you do!

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  13. You made that space WORK! Your brand shines all over this unique sewing boutique! Congratulations!! - Lisa

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    1. Thanks! Girl I love it "sewing boutique" Love it!

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  14. You did an AWESOME job, I would lose track of time in a room like this! I really enjoy your blog, you are very inspiring. So... about that denim jacket, will we be getting the details soon? 😉

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  15. It is so wonderful having a dedicated sewing room/space. I wish I could gift that to every sewist!

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  16. Sista, this is the room! I love everything about it. Would love to sew here. I am actually trying get my space together. Wished I lived close enough to send you a mirror I actally need have extras I won from an auction. I am so jealous but also so happy for you to have the space to create those awesome clothes.

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    1. You are my new favorite Victoria! I wish we could connect as well! I am lucky, I wish everyone could have a sewing space.

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  17. Also, your throne, in front ofbyour machines. YES!

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    1. YESSSS Honey I have had that throne for years and it was in the garage, I just didn't have anywhere to put it but I had to have it.

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  18. Absolutely love, love your space, the color scheme is beautiful, and the blue jean jacket on the mannequin simply gorgeous, you are a creative genius.

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    1. Sharon you're too kind! Thanks so much, that denim jacket is a work in progress. Thanks for coming by!

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  19. I'm amazed by how you completely transformed that space! It really shows how creative you are... And it looks like an inspiring environment to work in!

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    1. Thanks bunch, I am sure I will spend many hours in my new space but I'm not too sure how my husband will feel about it!

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  20. I love how you transformed that basement space into an amazing space to create! Love it! If I may ask where do you press at? And is that all of your fabric? You are so creative that I'm wondering if you buy as you're inspired or if there is a secret stash.

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    1. Well Carolyn since you asked, I have four containers in the garage with fabric, I just haven't brought them into my sewing space yet. I have to put them on bolts and some will have to remain in the see through containers due to space. I buy fabric all the time. As far as pressing, I have an ironing board behind those curtains and there is space right there for pressing.

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  21. This is the coolest sewing room ever!!!!

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    1. That's because I'm the coolest person you'll ever meet! Just kidding, thanks for digging my new space.
      P.S.I am pretty cool though, I'm off to sew some pillows now!

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  22. OMG the more I kept scrolling I kept squealing! I LOOOOOOVE YOUR NEW SPACE!!!! You did an amazing job! It's so motivating!

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    1. Eryn, my scroll game it tight like that! I was on picture taking overload, glad you enjoyed my little show!

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  23. Great job, I really love how you laid it all out its beautiful and so inspirational. I need space too really bad. Congrats!!!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I wish everyone had a sewing space but the kitchen table works just as well!

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  24. This place is amazing, I don't know what else I can say, just amazing.

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  25. ENJOYED every view of it ... FIESTA ;)
    Monica

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    1. That's exactly what my blog is all about! Thanks for taking a look!

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  27. Love your space and style! Did you spray paint your stapler or buy it like that? Thanks!

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    1. I sprayed it! I will throw paint on anything! They do sell gold staplers though.

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  28. Your space looks so good. I commend you for working a FT job, holding down a family, kids and still sewing! I love your work and I know I complimented you on your blog, but it is fabulous! --along with your sewing!! Keep up the outstanding work and for being such an inspiration!

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    1. Heeeeeyyyy Sista, thanks for the love! I don't know how I do it either but I will say my kids are grown my youngest is 17 so I'm not running around any little ones. I am happy to be an inspiration to anyone who visits my little corner of the world!

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  29. Ms. Michelle, truly, when me and my blog grow up we wanna "resemble" That Black Chic and Oonabaloona's blogs. Thank you for blazing the trail for up-and-coming bloggists like myself. Mostly, thank you for sharing all this beauty!

    Cheers,

    Lyric
    https://www.sewlyricallyvintage.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank so much Lyric! I'm super stoked that you put my name in the same sentence as Onna!

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  30. Love your blog, your creations and your energy! Thank you for sharing the photos of your studio - just fabulous. I think this has just become my favorite sewing blog!

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    1. Aweeee I wish you had left your name! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  31. I have just stumble on your blog...and I just love your straight-forward, colorful world! You have rocked this space! Love your fashions, sense of style and a,aging skills. Thanks so much!

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    1. Yay Marie! I am so glad you found me and I hope you come back often!

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  32. Make sure you have good lighting; it's easy to get absorbed in what you are doing and not realize you have eyestrain - until the headache hits. and on the topic of lighting, sunlight and some [if not all] electric lights cause fabrics to stain or fade. i keep mine in closed boxes with right side folded in. It's sad when you think, "Oh! I'll use that lovely green linen", etc., only to find it is sun bleached down the center.

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  33. How do I place my order for a design?

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    1. You can use the contact form on my blog.

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  34. You have some serious style goin' on!

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  35. I love what you did with the basement. You sewing space is such a wonderful creative space.

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    1. I love a surrounding that inspires my creative side. Thanks!

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  36. So fab!!!! I'm not seeing where to subscribe to your blog--point me in the right direction when you have a chance please.

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  37. Your creative space looks fantastic! Thank you for being an inspiration. I really enjoy your blog.

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  38. Where did you get such a fabulous cutting table? Also wanted to know where did you get the conjoined bookshelves and table from. I'm in the process of designing a sewing room for a small space and I love to incorporate those two pieces. Thanks!!!

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    1. The book shelve is from IKEA. My table was made form a door slab from Lowes and put on top of book shelves. If you get a chance look at this table Mimi G made because this is my next table for my sewing room. LINK- http://mimigstyle.com/big-ass-diy-cutting-table/ You don't have to make it as big as hers but the idea is a more solid surface

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  39. Love this!! Gives me inspiration to create a work space in my unfinished basement!!

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  40. Oh My, Oh My I just can't stand you right now, LOL. You made this beautiful space that any creator would enjoy working in. I have a studio (added room on the back of garage), but really didn't take the time to decorate yet. Also starting magazine idea awesome, I would purchase, subscribe, and tell everyone that will listen.

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  41. Funky Fresh! Represents the ultimate chill-tivity (creativity) spot. What a blessing that room as turned out to be! "I don't bother you-don't bother me" Yesssss!

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  42. I like what you did with your space. Did you end up with more room than the dining room had? It makes me realize all the more that lining 2 walls in my sewing room with shelves was a mistake. Because now they're stuffed with books and make the room seem about a foot smaller in each direction. I wish I had left room for art. Oh well, maybe that will change someday. But at least it's not in the basement. I have nothing against basement sewing rooms, IF they are well lit, warm and dry, of which my old basement space was none. Based on that experience, I'd have made curtains or installed doors on the dining room before moving.

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    1. Hey Justgail, Staying in my dining room was not up for negation, it's in the front of my home when you enter the door and that's not a good look for people visiting my home. My basement is not went because we have a big dehumidifier down there, I had more lighting added and I use fan in the summer and the house heater does the trick in the winter. If I'm still a little chilly down there I have a heater. I have waaaaay more room that I had in my dining room. So this is working form me now but come September when my last child is off to college, I may take the family room as my upstairs sewing room and make the basement their game room.

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