I've been dragging my feet for months, trying to avoid dealing with the boxes and stuff accumulated in the loft after moving my sewing machines downstairs. The Loft had become a storage space while I dithered on what to purchase, how to get it assembled (does NOTHING come premade anymore!), and then sorting through the boxes.
As each new item was purchased and assembled, the dream of the Resource Center became more apparent yet seemingly even further away! I made my last purchase Friday and spent the weekend, going through boxes, sorting things out and making a donate pile for clothing. It seems as if it's taken forever to get to this finished point.
A Little Backstory ~
Once I dissembled my "Dream Sewing Room", moved the sewing machines and cutting table downstairs, I realized that ALL of the extras (patterns, fabric, notions) could be stored in the Loft. However, to get it to work, I needed to buy more stuff to organize the items in both the Loft and the Sewing Room.
- a 5 shelf bookcase for the Sewing Room
- 2 9'x12" wire grids for the Sewing Room
- 3 filing cabinets to hold patterns in the Loft
- a bunch of totes in various sizes to hold miscellaneous things in both the Loft & Sewing Room
- a 30 lb garbage can on wheels to store scraps in (there were several boxes full of scraps that I had stored here)
The Resource Center Now ~
There are still two bins of fabric upstairs on the far side of the table holding coating & fur fabric. I emptied nine bins of scraps and fabric that somehow got shoved onto the shelves. Whatever extra fabric space I had is gone now! Look at that tower of fabric on top of the shelf by the doors. Almost every new purchase has been added there.
I still want to add some better lighting (I already own) just need to move it upstairs and buy some folding chairs. But I believe it works now. It's doing double duty as a spot for the grandkids to hang out, color, play games and watch TV when they visit for the weekend...and a place where I can pull fabrics, patterns and match notions to them. Most importantly, I can move around and touch all the fabric. Doing a lot of pre-work in the Loft/Resource Center will allow me to bring it downstairs to just cut and sew.
The Sewing Room Now ~
Just need to add the Mixtiles I purchased last fall and some pictures from the Sewing Cave to the walls and I'm done.
I'm thrilled that the majority of the work is FINALLY completed...just 14 months after I moved in! *LOL* However, having everything in it's place has removed some of the stress I was holding on to. Isn't it amazing how having things out of sorts affects your creativity?
Anyway, that and a new order of fabrics from StyleMaker Fabrics has reignited the sewjo.