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March 31

Itching to Sew

I haven’t sewn one single stitch since last November.  With spring nearing, I’m really itching to sew something new.

But what’s a girl to do when her house is in complete disarray??

To add insult to injury, I’m meeting up with several Chicago gals for a fabric shopping expedition this coming Sunday.  And you just know i’m going to be majorly tempted to purchase some new fabric.  (I do have a group-on for it after all).

Perhaps this is a good excuse to visit some of my fellow local seaming buddies for a sew-along in a shared space.  (Meg or Michelle or Tasha or Mari I’m lookin’ at you.)  :)

Any other thoughts for setting up a sewing station in a house full of debris, on-going demo, and dust?  Because something has to be done to quench my lust for sewing a pretty new spring dress or blouse – asap.

  1. Emma / Mar 31 2014

    Alas, no advice… only sympathy! I just recently managed to set up my sewing machine for the first time since moving a year and a half ago (we’re renovating too, and only buying furniture as we desperately need it or finish rooms to put it in)!! I was so happy to get going on something again, that my excitement was only slightly dampened by the fact that the sewing machine spontaneously caught fire and had to be replaced.

  2. Michell / Mar 31 2014

    If you somehow manage to make it out of LZ without any fabric, my mind will be blown. It’s almost like it’s free, since we bought the groupon so long ago. :-D

    As for sewing space, you are ABSOLUTELY 300% welcome to come set up and sew at mine until your house is clear of debris. It’s a hike, but I’ve got plenty of space! Seriously.

  3. Lili / Mar 31 2014

    Do you have a garage? A small space in the attic? Is the basement finished? Is there some cleanish area behind a closed door, or that can be separated from the chaos by hanging two overlapped sheets over the doorframe to keep dust out?

  4. Meg / Apr 1 2014

    COME VISIT MEEEEEEEE. You can use the Husky. I’ll use the Kenmore. Much merriment will be had.

  5. Tasha / Apr 2 2014

    I would love to do that!! And I’m going to miss the get-together. :( I just can’t justify a big fabric shopping trip and all when we’re going to Dublin in just a few weeks. I’m really bummed though.

    I think you should sew something you can feel comfortable to wear during construction. Maybe a really fun and colorful vintage apron that you can throw on over your I’m-grimey-and-disgusting-and-still-stripping-wood clothing, but easily throw it in the washer and dryer no problem? So you get a bit of cute along with functional. :)

  6. Rachel / Apr 3 2014

    You could possibly set up an area with a tarp to cover it when you are working? Or speak to your local sewing stores and see if they have some place you can use? :)
    I agree with Tasha’s idea about something fun for wearing while doing demo… maybe some overalls and a blouse?

  7. Kelly / Apr 6 2014

    If I were you I’d be too exhausted and overwhelmed to even think about sewing, but I would probably buy a lot of fabric since it seems that’s what I do when I don’t have time to sew… not that I recommend that! If I had enough energy I would take this time to experiment with Alabama Chanin techniques. All hand sewing, and something to get deeply involved in. Good luck, you will have such a wonderful home at the end of this!

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