New Workspace & Dress

A few weeks back I was getting frustrated because my desk was too small and the space I had it in was too cluttered.  As a result, I spent most of my free time not at my desk.  A few hours at Ikea later, I have an incredible workstation.  My old desk will go to my little sister when David and I next visit my parents.

This set up also replaced a bookcase I’d scavenged several years ago which didn’t take very well to moving; it was all but ready to fall apart.  I labelled the baskets with small strips of vellum by tucking the ends into the weave.  I’ve also moved the crates around since I took the picture so that my Singer has a “garage” where the green box used to be.

One of my favorite things is this shelf I found on Etsy.  It’s meant to be a key rack with a vase, but I immediately saw it as a scissors rack with a jar for seam rippers and the like.

The many baskets and the wide desk space make it really easy to work on projects in small increments.  I’ve just completed a really fun and easy dress. I’ve had this fabric for 8 or 9 years now, but never found a use for it, because it has a slight shine that I’m not too keen on.  Except that it makes getting a good picture more difficult, I think the shine works for this dress; it dresses it up slightly.

The biggest issue I ran into was never having worked with knits before (and how did that happen?), so I didn’t realize that a ball-point needle is necessary.  I had some serious trouble with skipped stitches that no amount of adjustment would fix before I resorted to Google and found out that I had a fundamental problem that could only be fixed with a trip to the fabric store.

Conveniently, I had lace trim and buttons that already worked with the dress; I used those to add contrast to the fabric.  I also put a small pocket on the front of the skirt for decoration and the useful sort of pockets along the side seams.

I’ve been thinking of adding a second strip of lace (see photo below), but I’m not sure if I’m going to.  What do you think?  Bear in mind that the lace had to be attached by hand.

I’ve been working on several other projects, some large, and some small and quick.  I’ll try to get those up here as I finish them as well.

This last photo is of an item that was intended to be useful for me.  I haven’t been able to use it in quite some time, as it is inevitably occupied almost as soon as I sit down.