Behind The Scenes / From The Workroom

My Workspace

I cant believe I haven’t shown you all a proper tour of my new workspace here in Virginia. It took me a while to get organised well, because the room is a lot smaller and a different shape than the work area i had in Iowa ( read: excuse to go shopping at Ikea hehehe)

I guess it’s still pretty similar though. I still have a corner with my desks for sewing & my computer, and packaging space – and I still have my cutting table in the middle of the room.

With my pinboard, earlier in the season (like whilst I’m designing & sketching a lot) I like to use it for all my inspirations and fabric ideas and things – but once I’m in the full swing of production, I tend to have more simple technical drawings with the matching swatches, and buttons etc – to help me keep track of everything!

And like always, I’ve got my drawers for the current seasons patterns.

But I’ve added a nice big cube shelf for all the stuff I need regularly (i can’t believe how much it is). And of course my girls – I like to have all my dress forms around, but I think I may need to just start having one on hand, since they do take up room.

I have a little basket in the corner for the fabric on bolts. And one of my favourite additions is 2 rather large cupboards for all the fabric I am currently working with. Though admittedly there are still boxes and cupboards of the stuff in the basement… but lets not talk about that! lol

I don’t really keep my iron out all the time any more, just when i’m sewing – as the kids started trying to climb the ironing board all the time, and that’s just dangerous! Especially considering what a beast this iron is!

I’ve also started using my hanging rack in the main sewing space. I used to keep it out of sight in the basement, but a few months ago I found that it was really useful to have it right next to me all the time. This way i can keep stock close by, and hang any half done projects (which really helps keep my mind organised!)

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Michelle Clement
11 years ago

Your space is so beautiful! :)

11 years ago

Everything looks so well organized! I bet having a nice working area makes designing so much easier! :)

11 years ago

Your creative studio is really nice and well organized
I just found your blog and I like it. Keep up the good work :)

11 years ago

This looks to lovely Megan! When I get a bigger place I’m going to get a sewing machine & teach myself how to sew! (Perhaps after the PhD ;)
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Van @ The Clothes We Wear

I love this peek into your studio. It seems like an inspiring space to work in! Thanks for sharing. I think it’s always interesting to see how and where people work.

Lo Hood
Lo Hood
11 years ago

This is so inspiring! What is that second smaller sewing machine w all the bobbins? I feel like I should know this but I see them all the time… Thanks for sharing! -Lo

11 years ago

Your space looks great! I’m very jealous. :)


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