Threads magazine has an article this month about setting up your sewing room for proper ergonomics. My wrist scare – which brought up fears of carpal tunel or worse – has made me think about updating my furniture. I have the big cutting table from Joann, and it’s ok, but I think I need to raise it up a bit (I’m a little taller than average.) I need a new chair, because I am using, no joke, one of the vinyl covered chairs from my 1950s kitchen dinette set. It’s way too low, and it doesn’t have wheels. But I’m starting to think I need an actual sewing table for my Bernina, and I’m stumped. I know I want to be able to recess the machine. And I don’t want anything too flimsy. But I also don’t want to spend a fortune. Do you have a sewing table that you’re happy with? Any recommendations for me? I’d really appreciate it!
Simplicity has released the rest of their fall patterns (why do it in 2 pieces?) and the Buttericks are out as well. I only like one of the Simplicity patterns.
The purple ruffled jacket is very Anthropologie-esque I think. I would not make it purple. I also like the leather with the ruffled neck. The less said about the giant elastic cuffs on the bottom two the better. They also released a new PR dress, but I will have to see it made up… I don’t like the envelope photos very much at all.
Butterick had a few cute patterns this time. I’ve only made one Butterick pattern before, but sometime perhaps I will get to more.
I like this a lot. It does look a bit like a coat in the back, but that’s ok. On that point, whatever happened to the coat dress? I come across vintage patterns for coatdresses all the time, and to the modern eye they look strange – like you wore your coat indoors to a party or something. The neck and empire waist of this pattern would work for me.
Cute. Very dramatic, but the sleeves are long enough to not get in my way.
I like the seaming, and how that top piece stands away from the body a bit. I’m not sure I would make it, but it does make it more interesting than the standard sheath.
I love a peplum. I spent an hour last week going through every pattern tagged “peplum” on Etsy. I also like the sparkley shoulders, which remind me of last week’s Project Runway winning dress. I’m not sure I like how high the neck is, at least not for me.
The rest of the patterns were ok (really, how many versions of the waterfall cardigan do we need? And I like them, but still… too many!)
I’m going to finish up my jacket this weekend and get a start on another dress – I’m not sure what yet. I’m also contemplating placing an order from Fashion fabric club. I’ve ordered twice before, and it’s sort of like playing fabric roulette – you never quite know what you’re getting, but overall I’ve been pleased. I need to get some fabrics for the fall projects I have planned (I am in denial about the 100 degree heat today.)
Let me know if you have a sewing table you would recommend!