Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes: Studio Tour

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We have MOVED!  Over the past month, I've been working like crazy to get everything moved and set up in our new space which is - incredibly - no longer a room in my house!!  Since launching, I've been running the clothing line from our spare bedroom, kitchen table, living room floor, and occasionally the couch.  While it's been incredibly fun, and I love being able to spend all day with my pups, it was getting pretty wild around here over the past few months.  There was simply not enough room for everything, and it was inefficient and frustrating trying to deal with 50 yard bolts of fabric in a 10' x 10' bedroom and a 3' x 4' cutting table.  

Needless to say, I am so so excited to be in a dedicated space where I can spread out, make a mess, and come home afterwards.  Separating work from home life was is difficult for me - I always felt pulled to be working on something business related, and when I was actually working chores and errands were constantly distracting me.

The one thing I am probably the most giddy about is my glorious new cutting table.  As soon as I saw the space, I knew I was going to put the biggest table I could possibly fit in that sucker.  Anyone who sews or does any sort of material based craft knows how important a big work surface is, and this new table makes me ohhh so happy.  Production is exponentially faster when you have a large cutting surface and don't have to constantly put machines and tools away while working.

I finally finished getting things organized this week, Chris helped me paint three of the walls bright white (we've still got the wall of shelving left to paint) and I bought lots of new plants to liven it up.  Without further ado, I'll show you around!

My desk on the left and packing/shipping table to the right.  I do most of my computer and office work at home, but It's nice to have a computer here for certain things, and use it to print invoices and shipping labels.

My desk on the left and packing/shipping table to the right.  I do most of my computer and office work at home, but It's nice to have a computer here for certain things, and use it to print invoices and shipping labels.

I use these little half clipboards to keep orders organized.  I use a checklist for each invoice to keep track of when I order fabric, cut, sew and ship.

I use these little half clipboards to keep orders organized.  I use a checklist for each invoice to keep track of when I order fabric, cut, sew and ship.

I've always got lots of odds and ends pinned up here - magazine pages, fabric swatches and watercolors. 

I've always got lots of odds and ends pinned up here - magazine pages, fabric swatches and watercolors. 

The space I rent is actually a back room at a personal training gym (lol - it's so embarrassing when I come in with a dozen Krispy Kreme's) and was previously used for yoga, so I've got wall to wall mirrors.

The space I rent is actually a back room at a personal training gym (lol - it's so embarrassing when I come in with a dozen Krispy Kreme's) and was previously used for yoga, so I've got wall to wall mirrors.

I love being able to have inventory and in progress orders out where I can see them, rather than squirreled away somewhere.

I love being able to have inventory and in progress orders out where I can see them, rather than squirreled away somewhere.

A few of my favorite tools - I highly recommend the AlvaForm for fit model purposes, they're made with memory foam and are the closest you can get to anatomically correct without using a live fit model.  Also, you haven't lived until you've tried a commercial gravity-feed iron - mine is from Atlas Levy.

A few of my favorite tools - I highly recommend the AlvaForm for fit model purposes, they're made with memory foam and are the closest you can get to anatomically correct without using a live fit model.  Also, you haven't lived until you've tried a commercial gravity-feed iron - mine is from Atlas Levy.

My sunny sewing corner - I use my single needle industrial (it's a Juki D555) for almost everything - I occasionally use the overlocker for finishing unlined garments.

My sunny sewing corner - I use my single needle industrial (it's a Juki D555) for almost everything - I occasionally use the overlocker for finishing unlined garments.

Scissors galore!  These things tend to accumulate, I've got a pair for paper, heavyweight fabric, silks, and oak tag - but I always find myself going back to the same pair of cheap Fiskars.  Oh well.

Scissors galore!  These things tend to accumulate, I've got a pair for paper, heavyweight fabric, silks, and oak tag - but I always find myself going back to the same pair of cheap Fiskars.  Oh well.

This is where I tag, wrap, and pack all orders.  I've never had a dedicated space for this before, and it's one of my favorite spots.

This is where I tag, wrap, and pack all orders.  I've never had a dedicated space for this before, and it's one of my favorite spots.

This is a wide view of most of the studio, you can see the full glory of the cutting table!  It's 12' long and 5' wide, so any width bolt of fabric rolls out easily on it, with no dangling edges.  Hallelujah!  I built the table in an afternoon using 4"x4"s, 2"x4"s, some plywood for the lower shelf, and 5 Ikea tabletops for the top.  I ordered a custom mat for the surface from GWJ, so the whole tabletop is self-healing.

This is a wide view of most of the studio, you can see the full glory of the cutting table!  It's 12' long and 5' wide, so any width bolt of fabric rolls out easily on it, with no dangling edges.  Hallelujah!  I built the table in an afternoon using 4"x4"s, 2"x4"s, some plywood for the lower shelf, and 5 Ikea tabletops for the top.  I ordered a custom mat for the surface from GWJ, so the whole tabletop is self-healing.

One of my favorite parts about this space is the natural light.  These two windows fill the room with sun which I love.

One of my favorite parts about this space is the natural light.  These two windows fill the room with sun which I love.

The wall directly across from the windows is wall to wall shelving, which I immediately filled up.  I have absolutely no idea how all of this stuff was very recently in our comically small house.

The wall directly across from the windows is wall to wall shelving, which I immediately filled up.  I have absolutely no idea how all of this stuff was very recently in our comically small house.

I always seem to need to get to the ironing board from all sides, so it floats near the cutting table.  The ceiling in here has tons of outlets, as well as hooks and pipes to hang things from, so the iron plugs in above and the water tank hangs from an eye hook.

I always seem to need to get to the ironing board from all sides, so it floats near the cutting table.  The ceiling in here has tons of outlets, as well as hooks and pipes to hang things from, so the iron plugs in above and the water tank hangs from an eye hook.

The shelf below the cutting table adds some nice extra storage - I keep all my heavy rolls of stuff down here, like bolts of fabric and rolls of paper.

The shelf below the cutting table adds some nice extra storage - I keep all my heavy rolls of stuff down here, like bolts of fabric and rolls of paper.

My patterns hang from one of the pipes overhead, I use a retail hook thing (I found it at the Container Store) to grab them down and hang them up.

My patterns hang from one of the pipes overhead, I use a retail hook thing (I found it at the Container Store) to grab them down and hang them up.

Mini-fridge and dry erase calendar are non-negotiable. 

Mini-fridge and dry erase calendar are non-negotiable. 

One patient husband is a pretty nice addition as well.  That about wraps it up, if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments!

One patient husband is a pretty nice addition as well.  That about wraps it up, if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments!