Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Sewing Space! (And an almost-finished dress)

Hi Everyone!  I took a little hiatus from sewing due to lack of motivation, but I'm back with a shiny new work table and a dress to show for it.

A few weekends ago, my husband and I were driving home from his parents' house and we hit a deer.  The car was totaled, which was a huge bummer.  It was paid off, and we had just spent a ton of money on repairs, including new brakes and tires.  It also had a full tank of gas, natch.  The insurance company decided it wasn't worth fixing, so it was time to buy a new car.  We test drove five and ended up with a Mitsubishi Outlander.  I was less than thrilled at first, but then I realized something - I can start trolling Craigslist for furniture!  Our guest bedroom is empty, so my first stop was for this antique dresser and mirror.  I replaced the knobs with glass ones and I'm waiting for some handles from eBay to arrive.  I hung up a few of my antique undergarments as decoration, too.

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Second stop was IKEA, for the Norden table. Guys, this thing is GENIUS. The table top is two huge panels that fold in, so it basically takes up no space.

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Check it out. No more laying fabric on the floor to cut it! No more hunching and backaches.

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And when I'm done, it goes in a corner and takes up zero space.

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I had to test it out, so I started this dress. There's nothing really vintage about it - it's a New Look pattern and cotton sateen fabric from Vogue. It definitely has a retro vibe, though. It's fully lined, and all I have left to do is the hem and the zipper.

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Cheers to renewed motivation and a house that's finally coming together!

4 comments:

  1. Yeah for the dress too. Great fabric and very pretty neckline!

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  2. Thanks for the tip about that table. I have to admit I have seen it many times in Ikea but NEVER had considered it for a sewing table (duh!) it is a fantastic idea!!! Love love love the dress too. You always make such pretty dresses. Happy New Year, Sam xox

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  3. I have that EXACT antique dresser and mirror in my room. Weird! And I love the dress, too.

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