Soooo it’s been almost six months since my birthday at this point – and I still haven’t gotten around to showing off some of the amazing sewing-related gifts I was lucky enough to receive! You’ve all already heard about one or two of them – the gorgeous fabric my sister gave to me, and the overlocker from my grandmother and aunties, but there are still some great ones to share! Also, I’d love to give you all a look at my new sewing space, now that it’s just about finished – so here it is!
I got this gorgeous sewing cabinet as a present from my grandparents on dad’s side – it’s really upped my sewing-space game; I have no idea how I managed sewing on my desk in my room for so long now!! As you can see, it’s a compact wonder – it fits both my Singer sewing machine and Janome overlocker, all the pedals, and many of my tools and notions: scissors, rotary cutters, pins, needles, thread and overlocker spools, pressing hams – and yet it still closes up so small! I keep my Janome machine in its case next to the table, and use it on top of the Singer (like so) when I’m working with it. It’s a set up that works perfectly for me, and it packs away perfectly when I’m finished for the day, meaning the area is quickly made tidy again! The space itself is perfect too, that big window provides beautiful bright natural light all day, so it’s only in the evening I need to put the lamp on at all 🙂
Next to the table is my craft cupboard – I bought it shortly after we moved in to fit my constantly-growing stash of fabric, notions and other bits and pieces. Aaaaaalmost everything fits in here – only one large tub of fabric and my to-sew bag have to sit on the other side of the table. Next to those, are the beautiful boxes Mum got me as a present (also from IKEA, because she was not a fan of the old paper boxes I was using sitting around upstairs!) which hold my paper pattern collection, sorted by brand and how much I like them 😛 My sewing books and PDF patterns live on the shelves of the book shelf opposite, as well as my project journals. Now the only thing wanting is a cutting table (which is hopefully in the works…) – otherwise, I really can’t complain! Thanks Mum and Dad for giving me this little corner of the new house to be creative in 🙂
Now, on to the other goodies! You’ve already seen the ball gown that the gorgeous birthday dupioni became – but I’ve had some other gorgeous gifts and windfalls! Some cousins on my dad’s side gave me a real treasure trove of sewing notions and patterns that had belonged to my great-aunt – these are very, very special to me, and it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to put these treasures to good use 🙂 I also received my great-grandmother’s collection of knitting needles and crochet hooks; as I’ve recently caught the knitting bug (the subject of a future post!), they’re seeing some good use too. I also received a copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, which I already used a skirt pattern from for my ball gown, and voucher for Thread Den to take a class with – I can’t wait till I have time to do one of those!! I also scored a number of Spotlight and Lincraft vouchers, which have all already been used haha, mostly on tools and sale fabric 😉
Apparently I’ve been on a very lucky streak lately – I’ve also benefited from some non-birthday windfalls! My grandma collected a few bits and pieces for me which belonged to a family friend’s mother which are truly unique: vintage appliqués and sewing notions, laces and trims. Just look at the beautiful packaging on some of the items! And the quality of the zips etc. is obvious – many of them have guarantees of replacement should they ever fail.
Finally, another piece of luck – recently, a friend of a friend had a big de-stashing sale, and I picked up lots of lovely pieces of fabric for only $30! I got a got a great piece of black and white large-scale floral print something, this beautiful mint lace, this glorious pale pink embroidered mesh and THREE luscious pieces of green silk – I have so many plans already for these incredible pieces of fabric – and I look forward to sharing them as I slowly work through them 😉
Well, I think I’d better wrap up there before you all get toooo jealous 😛 What kind of sewing bits and pieces have you been lucky enough to have dropped in your lap?
Until next time,
Miss Maddy xx