Member Since: 06/18/2009
I have made several items using coutture techniques. I love the process. I still need to work on some of the underlining techniquest though. I struggle with perfect smoothness of my fashion fabric to underlining.
I have sewn since I was 12. But enjoying improving my skills through online courses, DVDs, reading. Finally finding my passion. This set of DVDs would add to my expanding education.
I am fascinated with the history of all things sewing and needlework. Understanding how clothing, fashion, artful sewing have all evolved reveals fascinating things. What a shame so many, who don't sew and those wo do, don't take the time to look behind the pragmatic or obvious part of sewing to learn about the surprising stories behind the scenes!
Thank you for offering this phenomenal resource. I could spend hours and hours reviewing this - much like going to school. And a much easier way to reference topics.
This looks like an absolutely fascinating book!
I too am excited to see the sewing spaces issue! I learn from every article, every book, every post I read!
I am very blessed to have one fourth of our basement, an area approximately 24 X 17 feet for my designated 'studio'. I fashion-sew, quilt, make fabric cards.
Although all the rooms I see with wonderfully coordinated furniture look really awesome, I have had fun and a great sense of accomplishment in putting my room together with cast-offs of others. Everything gets painted white so it all comes togher in a sense.
I have a four by eight foot cutting and sewing table in the center of my area. Actually it's a four by eight piece of plywood on top of a desk, a cubby shelf unit, a plastic shelf unit, and this wonderful piece of furniture I got from someone at work - it looks like a wood credenza with doors on each end that reveal three drawers each until you realize the door in the middle pulls out to become a chair and the top flips over to become a bigger top surface! I have one machine set in this table and a 3 x 4' cutting mat on top.
I have a 4 x 8 x 12 foot L-shpaed planning table that is my hub. I have a shelf across the back with plastic tubs that store my patterns in numerical order. I also have photocopies of the pattern envelopes in a binder to peruse thru when I'm looking for something particular. I use several IKEA wood drawer units to support the shelves and store ribbons, trims, etc. I also display my old machines on a shelf on the other side of the L, in addition to project boxes. All projects in process are laid out on this table, so I can just pick up and go when I have time. Under this whole unit I have plastic tubs that are stored on plastic covered wire shelf type units I can buy singly as I add more baskets - these are labeled and store fabric under a yard by color and type.
I have a couple of old kitchen cabinets/counter in another corner that stores paint, frames, general crafting stuff, and plastic containers (that rice, nuts, etc come in) that store my scrap fabrics by color.
My embroidery items are stored in my old baby armoir (mine! - not my kids!)
I got a great bargain this spring when an employee at our company closed a side cardshop business and sold 9, count 'em 9! wood and glass display shelfs for $100! My husband and son were angels to run to the next town over and pack these up for me and help me put them back together. I have six of the units lining one wall in my studio and all my fabric one yard or more is stored by color there. What a treat to go in my litle chick-cave and just stare at my fabric!!!!
And I just updated the wall behind by sewing desk - I moved a sheet of white peg board, bought some new hangy thingies, put my thread racks, some shelves on it and a new big white erase board to track my projects and their next steps. I feel so organized!
And one of my other favorite things in my room - my magnet board......it's my old ironing board!..When the legs gave out, I removed the legs, painted the top yellow and hung it up over my door way. I can display pictures, mementos, clippings, etc.
The biggest thing I learned from all the items I've looked at so far, and what prompted my latest moving things around was organizing areas of the room by activities and not co-mingling...I had a file cabinet and paper work in my sewing area that created chaos and got in the way, embroidery in my sewing desk, etc. Now, each area of the room has a defined purpose.
My biggest and next need is to improve lighting. I have an unfinished concrete floor, but past issues with sump-pump have me a little afraid to put anything permanent down just yet.
And, I always am curious to learn new and improved ways to store and organize notions...this seems to be my most out of control category.
I would love this book!
I've gone to both extremes...how fast can I whip something up that will stay put together, as well as making a totally coture skirt. This book combines both and makes it the perfect combination of any needs and skills! I would love to see what tricks and techniques it holds to add to my skill bank!
I completed a skirt using Claire Schaeffers 'Couture Sewing' book...what a thrill to say I completed a garment entirely by hand....the next step now is to try draping. This book would be a key to that challenge.
Black silk suit with beading on lapel, cuffs and pockets.
Beautiful book. Great way to add new look to existing pieces.
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