Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sloppy sewing

I like matryoshkas, or Russian nesting dolls, so once upon a time when I saw this fabric, I bought some. Then it sat around for a few years while I couldn't figure out what to do with it. It's very wrinkly and sproingy.

I finally decided to make this top, using Simplicity 3750. I can't say I love it, but it's OK. I'm glad I finally used the fabric.


I pretty much hated every minute of this project. Cutting was a bitch, since the fabric won't lay flat. I stretched it out and pinned it to a cardboard cutting mat and cut it that way.
Then, I found that I couldn't mark on the fabric, so I just sort of winged things. In the end, I set the sleeves in differently, so in the front, one sleeve comes down more than the other. I'm hoping nobody notices, since I am not willing to fix it.



Look what I found! A beautiful wood sewing table on Craig's List. Unfortunately, it was way out in the South Valley, probably a good 45 minutes from my house. And we don't have a truck.
Mark haggled a bit and got them to deliver it and knock $10 off the price. They are bringing it tomorrow. It is only $90!

It closes up neatly when not in use

sewing room

And opens up to a nice workspace and storage

sewing table

It even has a place to set in your sewing machine to make it flush with the table, but this completely closes up, as well.

sewing room

It will replace this folding table setup

sewing room

although there is still no space for my ironing board. I don't know what to do to make that look better. It's so huge that it can't hand on the back of a door. I've thought about one that folds down from the wall. It wouldn't be as big, and I use my board as my primary workspace. I just don't have a place to set it up where I could get at it.

Any ideas?


Kerry said...

I use one of those table top dorm room ironing boards from when I was in college. It's not great for when you need to press large drapey items but it's easier to store away (or leave out as it in unobtrusive). I've got two of them - you can have one if you want.

Robyn said...

Unfortunately, I wouldn't really have a surface to put it on. Between my serger and sewing machine this sewing unit will have no real space left on top.

thanks for the offer! I may have to consider going back to a smaller board that hangs on the back of the door more easily.

MLE said...

Look at that sewing table!! I can't believe they took 10 dollars off and are willing to deliver! do you know if your sewing machine will fit? I really need to hang out on Craigslist more. I have the same ironing board issues. I just put it up and take it down a LOT. It really gets old.