The room that will become my sewing room now exists. The most important thing about the room is that it has been designed with the maximum amount of light. For years I have been enamoured by these lovely homes along the Talgarth Road in Hammersmith. Look at how wonderful it is to have lots of light inside your creative area – in this case a double height room.
The plan for Rainshore shows the sliding doors and regular door to the room, allowing it to be opened up completely in the event of really warm weather. But, assuming the weather is it’s normal cold/chilly/dull then the windows allow the maximum amount of light into the room. Although this is my workroom you will see on the plans that it is referred to as “Hobby/Bedroom”. So you will see on the plan that there is a pull down bed on the wall opposite the windows. And there will be a decent view eventually when all the building work opposite is complete (another lake as well as our new neighbours). And a small but convenient bathroom right next door. The Italian pull down bed is a table when it is folded away.
The next step was to create a plan of how the room will be arranged now that we know how it will look, where the plug sockets, doors, windows are etc. Some people maybe able to create a sewing room in their head but my method was to list my tasks and supplies and then to think about how to accommodate them. The colour code matches the plan below.
Here are the tasks (can you think of any others?)
- Machine sewing (emerald green)
- Overlocking (emerald green)
- Hand Sewing (red and light green)
- Knitting (navy)
- Embroidery (navy)
- Reading (navy)
- Blogging and looking at the internet (turquoise)
- Making hats (red and light green))
- Pressing (purple)
- painting and printing on fabric (red)
- cutting out (red, or if very large, I will use the kitchen worktop)
- modelling on the stand (orange)
- reading (navy)
- checking fit etc in the mirror
And the supplies?
- Fabric (white)
- threads (emerald green)
- small tools (emerald green)
- larger pattern cutting tools, and scissors (on the wall above emerald)
- inspiration notice board (on the wall, above emerald)
- interfacing (white)
- tailoring supplies (white)
- thread (emerald green)
- toile fabrics (white)
- left over fabric (white)
- pattern collection (white)
- wax pot (above turquoise)
- silk painting frame (no idea)
- paper and card rolls for pattern cutting (to be decided)
- books (above turquoise)
- waste materials (later)
- mirror (later)
- I have been thinking about a ballet barre – for exercise when I don’t have classes to go to
You may remember we have specified pull down wall beds in our hobby rooms. The one I chose for my room has a collapsable table associated with it. When the bed is stored a useful table appears, big enough to take four chairs around it. How clever is that? OK my room won’t look like these Italian styled sleeping/dining areas, but you get the idea from these pictures. My table is white and the bed and wall surfaces are a neutral off white. And our overhead light sources are embedded in the ceiling – and I will need a few table or floor lights for night time sewing escapades.
- Here is my plan.
- Some of the elements will be built in by Nick, and others are obviously movable.
- The dark blue is a small sofa and chair from Esme’s flat that she is chucking out. The red is the fixed table and the green squares are chairs. The purple is my ironing board and the little orange square is my mannequin. The turquoise is my computer table and the long green table will house my sewing machines. It also has small drawers under it to hold small tools, threads, pins and items used for machine sewing. The notice board will be above it, as will my tool-hanging area with scissors, pattern cutting equipment etc. The storage areas, in white on the original plan, are built-in cupboards and drawers.
There are some smaller items to accommodate – table or floor lights, pattern cutting paper roll, and a waste bin. From your own sewing experience have I forgotten anything? Do you think this will work?