Hey all! I'm excited to chat about my home studio with you today! While I wish I had a fancy 2 level brick and mortar location that was a retail space on the bottom and workspace on top (future goals), working in the bedroom next to me has it's perks too. It's a fully dedicated workspace, no bed or dresser in sight, so I'm thankful.
My studio is my former bedroom. When my younger brother left for college, he was kind enough to offer me his old bedroom so I could turn mine into a studio. Before then, I worked on the dining room table, then the basement, and now I've a space all to myself with some wonderful natural light.
This is where about 75% of the magic happens. I say 75% because my manufacturer takes care of the bulk of the sewing. It's in this space that I spend countless hours designing, picking fabrics, drafting patterns, working on samples, calculating numbers, researching pop-ups, etc.
I recently did some rearranging to make it look more "studio like". My dad and I built an inspiration wall so I could see all of my design ideas and fabrics without having to try and remember it all. I saw this idea at Ikea so I can't take full credit it. On the wall I've got inspiration images for the collection that tell the mood, lifestyle, and aesthetic I'm going for. Then there's sketches of all the designs and color ways I want to do. Lastly, at the end are the swatches for the collection, along with pre-washed samples. It's nice to walk into the room everyday and see it, and then see it slowly come to life as time progresses.
On the other side of the room we built a rod so I could have a mini, mini showroom. It's here that all of the inventory for the current collection is hung. This serves a few purposes:
1. I don't have to pack away and then re-steam each piece when I have an event
2. It's helpful to have a visual aid of how much inventory I have
3. Customers can always come shop because the inventory is out and ready to go!
Of course I have my machines and steaming area. The only sewing I do is during the early stage of samples when I make my samples out of muslin, or when I make items for myself or custom projects. These samples allow me to check for any fit or design issues before my manufacturer makes final samples out of the final fabric.
My bookcase also double as my desk to save space. It's here that I store any paperwork, shipping supplies, or other office-y stuff in addition to books and my favorite magazines. A goal of mine is to collect fashion coffee table books to add here.
I've recently opening the space up for customers to come shop. Live in the DMV area? Click here
to schedule an appointment, I'd love to meet you!