In the Sewing Room with Frances

Hi everyone

I always enjoy seeing other people’s work spaces so I thought I’d show you mine. I work from home where I’ve set up my spare room as a sewing studio. It’s not huge so I try to keep things fairly organised. My supplies and equipment as well as all of the stock for the Max & Rosie shop are stored in here so there isn’t really room to be too messy if I want enough space to make things too! This is the tidiest my desk has ever been though so I am pleased to capture it on camera before I start my next project.

My sewing machine and overlocker live on the desk next to my threads and I also have a laptop for days when I’m not making. The Bernina sewing machine I use was originally my mom’s, bought in 1988 and then given to me about 12 years ago. I love it and think it has a better stitch than any other machines I’ve tried. For finishing seams and any sewing with stretch fabrics I use my overlocker, a Huskylock s15 which has a homemade cover I made recently with some sewing themed Alexander Henry fabric from my stash. 

My most used sewing tools are always close to hand when I’m making something – they range from slightly odd things like a chop stick for poking out crisp corners to the more usual suspects like scissors and seam rippers. Most of it is kept in a wooden tray or my fabric storage bucket that I made to match the overlocker cover.

Currently I’m in dressmaking mode and next on my sewing table is a Simplicity shirtdress that was originally meant for summer but I’m running behind. Once that’s finished, I’ll be cutting out a wool cocoon coat which will hopefully be ready in time for the cold weather! It’s the first coat I’ve attempted so I’m excited to get started and see how that goes.

Thanks for reading, I’ll post my progress on social media to show you how I get on!


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How To Make a Box Bag

Work along with Laura and Frances as they show you how to make a box bag step-by-step. Frances will share her tips for a professional finish inside and out for this fully lined zipped bag. It’s perfect for make-up, art supplies, a small knitting project or as a travel bag.

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