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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

WOYWW....

These are my work desks today.



This one has my computerised [clever] machine on the left hand side, the industrial machine [work horse] in the middle and the overlocker on the right hand side.






This one has my blind hemmer on the front and tends to be my dumping ground at the back.

It's a hive of industry for me this week. Friday brought more customers to my door than I'd had all week, because of the chaos that was going on all week outside on the road [and it's not finished yet!]. Because of that it's going to be a busy week for me to clear my workload.





I've got...


A Wedding dress to shorten 4 layers of hems on shortening the train at the back by about 3 foot [rather a challenging job to say the least] ,



A young lady's posh frock with gathered pleated over skirt to take in on the bodice and this means I have to gather the skirt and regather the pleated part to fit the bodice after I've taken in the back [a tricky job!].

I've also got trousers galore to let out and shorten on my 'to do' rail so please don't imagine me putting my feet up and enjoying the tennis this week :-)



No two weeks are the same here for me. I have already altered a huntsman's red jacket and 4 pair of riding breeches and lifted the shoulder's on a dress and a lady's blouse. Even though I didn't have many customers last week I still had 4 more new ones and I think I now only need about 14 more to reach my 1000th customer :-) What an achievement in just 6 years eh?


For those wondering how the crocheted flowers are going I've now started working on the other colours :-)




Thank you for calling in on my blog. Please pop over to Julia's blog now to add your name to Mr Linky to join in the fun of showing the world what you've got on your work desk [or floor or bed or anywhere else you are being creative]. Be warned it is very contagious and once you've caught the fun bug it's very difficult to shake it off [but who would want to?].

58 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, you are so busy making or altering dresses, and I can't even make a simple book cover. Really can't believe all the sewing machines you have. You rock!! Happy WOYWW.

Minxy said...

Great working area, i especially like the little noocked desk..
Seems you'll be busy so i hope the weather stays nice so you can maybe go out and sit in the sun while you sew :)

Hels Sheridan said...

Blimey hun, you have your work cut out with all that... as for the wedding dress... good luck! When I had to have mine shortened (not that I am a shorty person or anything .. much LOL) it took the poor lass three weeks to get it exactly right...good luck!! x

Sue said...

Hi
wow you have been busy, gorgeous dresses very clever seamstress, sewing machines dont like me! lol. have great day, sue,x

Helen said...

Nope, not a second spare for the tennis here, me thinks! Good luck with all that altering.

tkelli said...

Fabulous workspace! I don't recall you having shown that portion before! Hope yuo have a great day xx

jude said...

Gosh you are a very busy organised lady.Weldone on running a successful buisness and hopefully for long time to come..keep you outta mischeif...lol
Love your flowers too have good day
hugs judex

Lothian Crafts Online said...

Wow you are busy and organized. I love your flowers they are fab.
Elaine

Doina said...

I love your sewing room and especially industrial sewing machines. I would like one, but ... I wish you a good week!

Esther said...

Lovely colours for your flowers...and all that work, stil maybe you'll find a few mins for the tennis - a girl has to have a tea break surely!!

Cheryl said...

wow great craft space,and so love those flowers,and that dress is really beautiful hugs cheryl xxx

joey said...

Morning :O)
I have right this second officially decided I am going to learn how to do those flowers!!! they are gorgeous, oh my gosh the workload you have and your description of it just boggles my mind, many congrats on all your customers that is a fantastic achievement!
Joeyxxx

Julia Dunnit said...

Busy indeed...and yes Annie, I think it's a huge achievement in 6 years. Congrats. As for watching the tennis - it allseems a bit staid and samey after my World Cup excitement!!

Bettythebaglady said...

Oh I would love to have a go with that lot. Have a thing about machines.The industrial one looks like a real workhorse. Can you imagine MAKING dresses like that? What joy to be able to work with glorious fabrics like that. My new machine has been idle since I got it -just can't summon up the mental energy to use it. I have got some "needlework" on show this week though.Hugs BettyXXX

Mummylade said...

A thousand customers - wow, grats! And the flowers are fantastic

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Annie, love the sewing station :-) What make is the 'clever' sewing machine? Do you advertise your business at all, or is it all word of mouth? Could I have the pattern for the crocheted flowers please - like 20 questions from me alone hehe
Anne xx

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Hi how are you? How are your eyes now? Sorry I've not visited in a while I am a bad blogger!!
Love the crochet flowers & as for the wedding dress - rather you than me on that one!!
Hugs x

Heather x said...

wow you are busy this week hun, love that wedding dress..very sophistated :0)
I want to upgrade to a computerised machine :0)
Have a great day hun,
*hugs* Heather x

Crafty Chris said...

You look as if you are going to be busy, the wedding dress sounds like a big job, love the flowers, and how is your eye?.
Christine x

Twiglet said...

Oh what a lovely lot of comments you have - what a great bunch these WOYWers are!!!!! Happy Wednesday!!
Word verif ..... fited i lol

Foil Play said...

Your workspace looks so organised, you are obviously doing great work to be so busy :-D

NormaJean said...

Hi, boy its been along time how you doing, your work area looks great and you seem to be pretty busy..
Hugs Norma

Toucan Scraps said...

I remember my mum having a load of machines in different placea around the house when I was kid - she's a dressmaker.
Lovely dress.

craftytrog said...

Good luck with the altering! Hope you get time for more crocheting, those flowers are so pretty! What are you planning to do with them?
Alison xx

Angie said...

Even though I dont sew I would love to rummage and stroke all your treasures .... whats a blind hemmer ?????lol
What a lot of work on that wedding dress ....bet the bride will be so happt with the finished item.

Love your flowers ...do you find them relaxing to make?

sam said...

Oh wow Annie! Where do you find the time? I do hope you don't have to do all the housework (I'm now going to wash my moth out with soap and water for saying that word) as well! I love the crocheted flowers. I had a go on Saturday (first time ever) and took a piccy of my first 3 attempts. I still think they look a bit holey compared to the pic in the mag, but it has inspired me somewhat to have a go at a few other things now. Good luck with those dresses and I'd love to do what you do but I'm so impatient I have to be able to learn things in a day or I lose interest half the time. Okay I'm off to visit some of the other girls quickly.
Take care hun
sam x

karenm said...

what a busy bee you are. I can't even thread a needle, so tales of overlockers and binders go right over my head.I love the crochet flowers.

judie said...

golly you are so clever, i cant even thread a dam machine up !!! its so frustrating lol, the sheer thought of messing with someones wedding dress send shivers down my spine, well done on being so talented, great space as well

Judie xx

Paula said...

good luck with altering...I wouldnt have the first idea on how to do that!Loving the flowers.

Stressed Stamper said...

what a talented lady you are - would be sooo scared of messing up those dresses and I can sew - but would be scared - love the flowers

Milliesmarvels said...

Love those flowers! You are just so clever with all the lovely things you make!
Jane
x

Cardarian said...

Hello! I love your workspace - I wish I could have my sewing machine on my desk all the time but then that would be the only thing I would have on there! You will be very busy, but you have some lovely dresses to work on! I like your chrocheted flowers! I sometimes put them on cards - very nice!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Kaz said...

Wow that's a lot of work on those 2 dresses alone!!
Good to see all your machines and bits.
I can't get my crochet flowers to look even no matter how much I practice xx

Paula Gale said...

Annie - I truley admire your seamstress skills - i would not know where to start!!! Woop woop nearly 1000 customers? - too right not bad for 6 years... well done you - nothing less than you deserve.

Paula x x x

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wow! That's great news that you had lots of customers and lots of work! I have a sewing machine but it rarely gets used! One day....Patsy from
HeARTworks

TinaB said...

What a great space!! Love it xx

MOONFIRE DESIGNS said...

WOW, that looks like serious hard work, all credit to you for being so talented!
Rachael xxx

Darcy said...

well done on getting all those customers and building up such a list, I do wish you were nearer, I have a full Ikea bag full of clothes that need altering.

Spyder said...

Lovely shot of your working place this week! And you are sooo busy!! All that sewing! I would flap ( because I can't saw) and your made flowers and you did a gardening too I'm thinking why does some one ( a very short person, it seems) buy a wedding dress that was made for a giant?? Have a crafty day!
((Lyn))

Piddawinkle said...

helloo that looks like lots of hard work, I had to mend my sons school trousers yesterday, he'd split the whole of the crotch, it had to be make do as only two weeks of school left, :)

Doone said...

oh , I have never seen such lovely machines since I did my dressmaking in the '80s - you are doing so well to have such a good customer base in such a short time, the clothes look lovely to work with too - where are you hiding the crimpolene?

Anne said...

Wow wipso you've been busy where do you find the time to crochet

Lizzybobs said...

what a fab piece of work - and such a clean work space too Liz

Sunshine Girl said...

What a great workspace and lovely machines you have. I think you are very brave tackling those dresses I can only manage turning up trousers!

Nicks said...

wow, you never stop!

scrappystickyinkymess said...

You are just too busy! But it all looks so interesting and you even managed a spot of gardening? I feel very lazy now!

Mary Anne

LadyBug said...

Annie you are always so busy!!! I could do with being able to po around and add to your work load today though. i came home form work to find my lovely dogs have eaten the zip off my new fleece jacket! little toads!!!!!

Linda Elbourne said...

Wow ... I am worn out just reading your to do list! What a fabulously diverse range of customers you must meet!

kayc said...

WOW what a busy life you lead! Kathleen x

Kay said...

Amazing that you are almost on your 1000th customer! Major congrats to you on making such a huge success xx

Pam said...

What a busy bee you are, you also reminded me I need to hem the hooped underskirt for Hannah's prom on Friday as its just a little2 long, unfortunately will have to do it all by had as its was borrowed and don't want to use my machine on it!

Hugs Pam x

Penni said...

Great Desk this week.
Love the flowers.
Hugs
Penni
X

JoZart said...

Great space and workable layout. Lovely to look out of a window too. Glad you got and liked your blog candy..
Jo x

craftimamma said...

Phew, what a lot of work you have lined up. Your workroom looks lovely and very well set out.

I've enjoyed reading back through this week's posts.

Have a good week.

Lesley Xx

Carmen said...

I wish you lived nearer me! I have a top that I desperately want taken in when I've finished losing weight. My sis bought me it a couple of christmases ago - it's gorgeous but it's one of those free size ones and was too big when she gave me it - I think it would look so much better fitted. Will have to see if someone in my area could do it.

Love seeing your work stations, always something different going on!

Maz said...

Wow, I'm in awe of anyone who can alter clothes - my sewing machine got moved to the loft due to the thick layer of dust it was accumulating! x

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Wow what super dresses, I love them.

My grandmother used to make clothes for wealthy ladies in the war and I so wish I took after her, I got my craftyness from her me thinks, lol!

My little man Carrie, is much better, thanks for your lovely comments.

hugs Heidi xx

Tracey said...

Your so clever, wouldn't know where to start, I'll be first in the que for you crocheted flowers too.
Well done on your win and hope you enjoy, how exciting.
xx