Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Place to Call My Own.




I thought you might like a little peek into a slice of my world. This is my studio which also doubles as my guest room thanks to a nifty Ikea sofa bed. It is the first time I have had such a large and dedicated room for my projects. But it seems that no matter how large my space I never seem to have enough. I am yet to really fit out the room for its purpose, but having a large double wardrobe certainly helps. There isn't a spare place to hang anything though as I have fabric stacks as high as I am tall.

I've always loved making things, even as a child. Mum was great at inventing projects to keep us kids entertained; making dolls clothes, furniture from old boxes and even a pair of pants for my teddy bear that I had to pin to him as I neglected to include a crotch! So it is a part of me that I just can't let go. I haven't always been able to sew. Mum was so fabulous with a needle and thread that I would simply put in a request with my amateur design sketches and viola! But after a while I figured I had better pull my finger out and have a proper crack at it. That was only just over three years ago and I'm surprised at what I have been able to achieve. I was not a natural at sewing. Design yes, but the technicalities and the math?! Not my strong suit. But in typical Leo fashion I refused to be beaten and kept at it. I do have quite a large box of failures suitable for the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but for every two failures I have now some absolute gems that I am rather pleased with.

In fact, I have a couple of newly completed gems to show you that I am saving for some special occasions this weekend. So I won't spoil the surprise of the outfits just yet, and instead just show you where the magic happens. And from my vintage thread tin to my Hello Kitty iPod dock, you'll be able to see just how eclectic my inspirations are.

11 comments:

Tizzalicious said...

Wow, I'm jealous of all that space!

My youth was much like yours it seems! First I had my mom making everything, but after a while we started doing it together. I guess me being able to sew also made her happy about not having to shorten any pants anymore :P

Amy G. said...

What a great space! I wish I could just sit down on the floor in the middle, and look and look and look. Love it!

Hammie said...

The sewing gene skipped two generations in my house. My grandma was such a good seamstress that we all just lined up in her sewing room for alterations and outfits. Also knitting and crochet. She keeps the crochet going for the sake of keeping her fingers nimble (arthritis) but I havent sent her anything to hem for a while.
I am very envious of having a room of your own. One day. One day. *wistful look, sigh*
xx

Fashion Hayley said...

I really miss having my own studio (I had one in art school) and I'm so envious of yours, it looks so kawaii. Hopefully when we move we are going to have a spare room so we can have a sewing/art/study room. By the way I know you like kawaii Japanese goods so check out my blog for your chance to win an amazing prize pack by Tokyomade.com Yay!!!

I V Y O L O G Y said...

Oh, I love peeking in others homes! I love your little inspiration board, too. And I can't believe you've only been sewing for 3 years?! Holy moley, it sure doesn't seem like it! (Seems longer, that is, lol.)

Francis Girard said...

if i was guest on this sofa bed - I wouldnt be able to sleep with all that inspiration, Id just want to get up and put together outfits. What an amazing room!!!!

Shady said...

I love seeing inside my friend's places :D
This makes me excited for creating my own little project space, yay.

susie_bubble said...

Love your inspiration board....

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Tizz: I'd love to see your work room.
Amy G: Its not often I can see the floor!
Hammie: One day when you get your own room, you could have your very own library.
Fashion Hayley: I'm up for the challenge.
Ivyology: With all the unpicking I do it seems longer too!
Francis Girard: Well if you're ever in Melbourne and stuck for a place to sleep...
Shady: I can't wait to see what you do with yours.
Susie Bubble: It is just like the inside of my head.

Mr SKM. said...

I can vouch that the story board is a lot more organized than the inside of your head my dear :)

And that with all the eye candy of shapes and colors, its no wonder that we can keep neither of the little Miss's out....

madeleinemiranda said...

Hi, your studio looks really lovely, I always like taking a peek at where others work!!!

Bonne journée,

Mademoiselle M.