We recently had visitors who needed to be able to sleep in the spare bed and not under the large quantity of fabric on it. So I transferred all of the fabric off the bed and into the sewing room and lo the sewing room is covered in fabric to be tidied away.
On the sewing table are coat fabrics to go in the willow basket
On the floor are woven fabrics to be neatly folded into the two plastic boxes
There is a bit of a history of filling the bed with fabric and then needing to sleep in it. This is the bed in the other spare room before we moved in whilst the master bedroom was renovated. I didn't take a picture of the gluttonous sight this time.
The variety of fabric was different this time but the look of the bed similar. In the last tidy-up I purchased three more 60-litre underbed storage boxes, my acquisition on this occasion is a large rattan trunk.
The spare bedroom post tidy upOpposite corners of the bedroom either side of the window (you can see the bed in the corners of the two photos). The bed may be clear but there is still plenty of tidying to do. Luckily the visitors only stayed three nights so were able to work around the stuff.
The art of KonMariThe KonMari part is that I wanted to be able to see all of the fabrics in the plastic tub at a glance and not have to rummage through it hoping to find the right fabric. Overtime I will go through all of the plastic tubs and fold the fabric up so it stands on edge across the width of the tub. Unfortunately they don't stand up on their own.
To help with the folding I cut up some foam core board the width and height of the tub. This means as I am folding the fabric I know it will fit into the tub. It makes the folding and organising that much easier but still not quick. It took nearly three hours to empty and refold 50 pieces of fabric back into the Liberty collection tub. From the fabrics sorted so far I can get between 25 and 50 pieces per tub (25 in the trouser fabric tub and 50 in the Liberty collection one).
|The trouser fabric tub with foam core template on top|
The coat and jacket collectionI thought that if I purchased a large rattan trunk for our newly renovated bedroom it would be ideal for my coat fabrics as folding them small enough to fit into the underbed box makes them inordinately bulky. The added bonus is my beloved will have somewhere to toss his clothes (other than the floor).
As I wanted to be able to move it around when vacuuming my beloved put castors on it. This had the added benefit of strengthening the bottom! To stop the canes snagging my fabric I made a calico inner for the trunk which will also protect the fabric from the sun streaming in through our bedroom window.
|Rattan trunk with castors, inside the basket and the castor reinforcement|
|Rattan trunk with calico inner in place, complete with a small selection of coat fabric!|
The Minnie Mouse collectionAfter careful exploration of my fabric collection I identified quite a few fabrics suitable for my Minnie Mouse wardrobe - about two-thirds are from the collection. They were stacked up on the bed and sewing table but now they are all tidy in a plastic tub ready for use.
|Top: the red, white and black fabrics chosen for the Minnie Mouse wardrobe|
Bottom: with the cut out leggings and a bit of left over silk popped on top
|The overflow - a few too many fabrics to fit into the Minnie Mouse plastic tub|
The Liberty collectionHere is my tub of woven Liberty fabrics. This tub brought me lots of joy, even though folding the silk chiffon pieces was troublesome. There is another tub of mostly Liberty knits which hasn't been organised yet but I am expecting joy from it too!
As an aside on the far right is a bright pink floral fabric I purchased from Liberty way back in the late 1980's. It was made into a bolero jacket, shorts and culottes, which were hardly ever worn as finding an appropriate top was difficult. The culottes, jacket and a white broderie anglaise crop top were worn for my first date with my beloved. I still have the jacket and shorts hanging in my wardrobe but the culottes have been disassembled to be paired with a plain pink cotton lawn for a dress. Until this miraculous moment occurs they are sitting patiently in my Liberty collection tub.
The trouser collectionNow that I have collected most of my trouser fabric in one place I realise that I have quite a large quantity of black denim. I believed the myth that nice black denim is hard to find and obviously every time I found some I bought a piece. I am pretty sure there are some trouser fabrics lurking in other tubs that haven't been KonMari'd yet. Not sure when it all comes out of hiding that one tub will be enough, as I can think of at least six fabrics not in the tub yet.
The forgotten collection
Whilst filling the rattan trunk with coat fabric I remembered the existence of some long ago purchased fabric. Now where was it oh yes in the wardrobe in the three larger plastic tubs I had conveniently forgotten when making my tub count.
|The forgotten three hiding in the wardrobe, with the top one containing neatly folded|
map fabric plus coordinating pieces for an arty coat with half a tub of silk velvet
The majority of the original fabric in this tub was moved into the rattan trunk. I just gathered all of the bits for my arty map coat together along with some silk velvet and the tub was full. So how did I end up with so much map fabric?
When I purchased my WORLD map trousers a colleague gave me the dust bag (in the same map fabric) for a WORLD tote bag she had bought. This set me off gathering suitable coordinating fabrics for a jeans type jacket. I then discovered that I could buy more of the same map fabric from eBay which I did (enough to make another pair of map trousers as well as the jeans jacket). And now I have half a tub full of enough fabric to make several pairs of trousers and a full length coat never mind a jeans jacket. Hmm wonder how I ended up with so many tubs of fabric.
|The arty map trousers!|
In with the new
Hopefully when I have re-folded and sorted all of my fabric in the KonMari way this new fabric will fit into an existing storage box.
|Red, black and white faux fur from The Sewing Workshop is destined to be a winter coat|
Fabric on the right from Silhouette Patterns
Patterns, stencils and fabric in front is from Diane Ericson
New storage ideasHaving now spent many weekends folding fabric and generally trying to sort my sewing stuff out, as well as moving our belongings back into our nicely renovated bedroom I want a new storage solution for the sewing room. I'd really like the sewing room to look more grown up and get rid of my brightly coloured plastic draws. But what to do instead?
The other over abundance problem I have is sewing patterns so whatever the storage solution is there needs to be room for sewing patterns. Sewing patterns used to live in two relatively large plastic tubs, one for Vogue designer patterns and the other for smaller sized BMV patterns. Then came a third plastic tub for my Silhouette Patterns. And then four Andrea Moore carrier bags - Style Arc; Vogue DKNY and Donna Karan; and two of miscellaneous patterns with nowhere else to go. Finally three A4 copier boxes for The Sewing Workshop; BMV Marcy and Katherine Tilton; and BMV dress patterns.
Instead of sewing I have been down the rabbit hole of possible storage solutions. Do I want a cupboard or a shelf system or.....
Given that IKEA haven't arrived in New Zealand yet cheaper options are a bit limited. Early on in my search I found these storage cubes which come in two sizes 40cm and 30cm, are modular, able to be clipped together to make various sizes and are made in New Zealand. If I decide this is the way to go they will be paired with the grey cotton fabric box.
At this point in time my thinking is 4 wide by 3 tall of the 40cm cubes where the brightly coloured plastic draws are in the first picture in this blog post. With 2 wide by 4 tall of the 30cm cubes along the opposite wall for sewing patterns. At least one of the 40cm cubes will be used for my large sewing patterns (like Style Arc).
I will cogitate on this idea for a while longer whilst I fold up some more fabric. If only getting tidy and sorted didn't take so much time and effort. And all because of a little water which disturbed the order in my sewing room, creating the dilemma of how to get it back together with the same functionality as before. Anyone would think that the drop of water had shrunk the room or maybe I was used to working in the semi chaos or Marie Kondo is having a bigger impact on me than I realised!