Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weekend Finds and a Sewing Room Overhaul

I would normally be in bed right now, but I have off tomorrow for Brewers opening day!  I have had a crazy busy weekend.  I sewed two dresses with a 60's scooter dress pattern (more on that later), hit the thrift stores and antique stores for fabric and patterns, and made a complete overhaul of my sewing room.

First off, I stopped at my favorite antique store.  I've noticed that the merchandise never changes, just what I am looking for changes.  I've seen both these fabrics before and passed on them, but once I had the perfect pattern, they were exactly what I needed.

I got three yards of this blue and yellow floral cotton for $8.

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And two yards of this cotton for $6.  It's flowers!  It's butterflies!  It's flowers MADE out of butterflies!

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I lost the dream 1940's wrap dress/house dress pattern I was watching on eBay, but I found a pretty similar one at the antique store for $4.  The only difference is the eBay one had cap sleeves, but those should be easy enough to add.

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I also hit the Salvation Army and got three big pieces of fabric.  I got this great upholstery fabric that I'm going to use to recover a chair.  I love when the selvedge has a date!  This one is from 1980.

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Is this too 80's?  I can't decide.  There's about 3 yards of it and it reminds me of this outrageously overpriced piece of rayon I've had in my eBay favorites for a few months now, and it was $2, so I bought it.

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Lastly, I got this new-in-package sheet from Target.  I love how it looks like a mid-century print, but it's clean and brand new and there's TONS of it.  I already have a pattern in mind.

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But the most exciting thing I purchased has to be this sewing machine from Craigslist!  It's a New Home (endorsed by Simplicity!) and I am not sure of the age, but the couple I bought it from said it was their grandmother's and she sewed on it until the day she died.  I didn't even care if it worked, it was just so pretty that I wanted it in my home no matter what.  I got it home and set it up and it works perfectly.  For only $30!  I love it the most.

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It inspired me to completely overhaul my sewing room.  First off, I painted my hideous desk a 1950's combo of seafoam and white.  I found the desk on the side of the road last year and dragged it home with the intention of painting it.  It was bright purple.  I think this is a huge improvement.

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I also put up a shelf for my thread rack, and my iPod dock is going to eventually go up there. I bought a pretty box from Marshalls and my patterns fit in it perfectly. It's actually supposed to be a a photo box, but it is the exact dimensions of all my patterns.

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Lastly, I hung some pretty hooks so that I can hang/display finished sewing projects or works in progress.

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I loooove the cabinet. And the chair opens up and has storage under the cushion!

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I love spending time in my sewing room, but now I want to be in there even more. I've always been so envious of bloggers with dedicated sewing spaces because mine was such a mess and a hodgepodge of crap. But now I have something worthy of showing off!

I made two fantastic 60's dresses this weekend and I can't wait to tell you about them. For now though, I gotta get some sleep because tomorrow is going to be a long day. We're meeting at the ballpark at 9:30!

2 comments:

  1. My gosh, you really have been busy and it seems like you've achieved a huge amount! Your sewing space is great (I love the hooks on the wall) and your fabric and pattern finds are very enviable ;o)

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  2. It looks fantastic. Love ALL of your finds.

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