So I have made the transition to 3/4 time professional seamstress (I teach at a local college the rest of the time), and thought I would show off my ABSOLUTELY TINY "studio". In this studio, I make dresses, draperies, costumes, alterations...you name it...I've made it, and I make a living (more of a starving artist...) doing it. Its been a hard transition, with lots of learning experience. I thought about cleaning my studio before showing it off...but seriously, this is what it looks like constantly... just keepin it real. :p
The studio is in our master bedroom. We have a relatively small house, but our master bedroom is very large. We've divided it in half, and the first portion is my sewing studio. We've divided the room by using the dresser as a divider. When people come over for a fitting, I have a folding screen and a full length mirror that I pull out to turn it into a fitting area. The serger comes and goes, but its mostly out all the time. Large garbage can to catch pattern and fabric scraps, thread and whatnot. A shelf with all of my crap - thread, tools, chalk, scissors (many many pairs of scissors), sewing feet, and a patternmaking book if I need a reference for something complicated. I have little kits for various functions - fittings, patternmaking, hand sewing, etc. I also teach people out of this area, one on one sewing lessons. I tape sketches and calendars up to the back of the dresser to keep me on track! Extra lighting, various rulers set on top of the AC unit. I thought I would hate having it blowing right on my face, but I don't know about you ... I sweat like CRAZY when I sew! There's currently a massive order of roman blinds sitting in front of the ironing board. I use a Babylock Grace, for anyone interested in what sewing machine I'm using. I find it has a nice, strong motor, good timing and tension - and it was a little more affordable/portable than other "professional" grade machines at just under $500. Nice buttonholes, too. That is a MAJOR plus.
The other side of my "studio". Professional, gravity feed iron. Seriously, I recommend this to ANYONE who sews a lot! It was $100 and presses better than any iron I have ever used. I got that hanging rack from target for under $50. We have 4 foster cats, 2 of our own cats and a dog. This keeps the animals out of everyone's fabric.
Its usually bulging, like in the photo ... fills up fast when I'm working on cushions or chair covers. Its been a godsend.
And the newest addition - not finished. I am just so excited about it... its actually what got me to post this! I have been cutting on the floor for SO LONG. My back has been giving out and ... I generally feel like I've done 8 hours of pilates when I'm done at the end of the day. So, yesterday we replaced our ikea futon in the computer room with a day bed that we found on amazon of all places. Still need a mattress. We also bought an 8foot x 4 foot plywood board from home depot, and two 1"x1" planks that we wood glued to both sides for support. Put some sticky felt on the bottom to protect the day bed and I now have a cutting table! Its a great height...comes up to my waist, and 4 feet deep so I have plenty of room to lay out fabric. Its also got 3 functional drawers on the bottom to hold excess fabric - which I have been just throwing on top of my hanging rack to this point. When I'm done with it, I just climb on top of the bed, lift it and let it slide behind the bed. We are going to paint it white and make it look a bit more like a head board. Its an elegant solution to a crappy problem, and I can't take any credit for it. All hubby.
Its certainly not the most spacious studio, but it really works. We've got a 3 bedroom house, and we still managed to keep our queen bed in the master, a full bed in the guest room, and this twin bed in the computer room. Computer room is also home to not one, but TWO full computer desks (we are geeks). There isn't a spare inch of space, but aside from my studio, it somehow doesn't feel cramped. HURRAY FOR TINY FURNITURE!!
I am truly blessed, though. It has taken years to get to this point and I am happy to share it with everyone. Thanks for reading!