Sunday, January 31, 2010

Industrial Sewing Inspiration

I have many visual obsessions. Home decor being one. While I have a decent workable sewing space, sometimes I dream about renting an urban loft with exposed industrial elements, and housing some sort of creative business there. Of course the space must be visually inspiring.

While searching sources of vintage iron radiator grilles this evening for a renovation project, I found Urban Remains in Chicago. Maybe we'll swing by there tomorrow. Meanwhile, a website journey renewed my dream of an industrial loft space.

Imagine exposed brick walls, beams and ducts like in this photo from Apartment Therapy:

With large plate glass windows overlooking a Chicago city view such as this painting by Kathleen Patrick:

To outfit the space, I loved these industrial objects on the Urban Remains website for an inspirational sewing space. These all feel like strong, stable and simple backdrops to the visual cacophony of all the tools, notions, fabrics, and pattern pieces when undergoing sewing projects. (Never mind these are all pricey, this is a dream where money grows on trees.)

I like this old 1930s cart for wheeling notions around to where they're needed:

This 1940s factory table for cutting.

Another factory table for cutting or just piling sewing stuff as I tend to do.

A sewing and fashion inspiration board would lean on this 1920s easel:

This theater spotlight would bring some illumination:

This stool looks like it almost has a smile on the back, in addition to its fun color:

Because I'm petite, there must always be a stepstool within reach:

First aid should always be available for scissor and needle mishaps:

The most dilapidated dress form would stand for decoration only at the entrance, just to remind of where you are and why you're here:

This steel basket unit would hold fabrics. WOW! Love it!

In keeping with the vintage industrial theme, isn't this overhead trolley cool for a gravity fed iron. It will hold up to 1500 lbs. That's a lot of water for a lot of steam, ha.

A rack for hanging sewn clothing is essential:

A wall decoration. Because sewing eventually leads to laundry.


E said...

I love the industrial decay feel to a lot of these pieces. I always have such an affinity for pieces that have history.

deb said...

Yes, and why not re-use something that already exists and has a story. You can see all the people who have used these pieces before in all their nicks and scrapes and dents. Even the rust makes them look interesting. I chose simpler pieces from this company's inventory, but they also have ornate cast iron decorative machinery from the 1800s. Isn't it amazing how industrial equipment was not only functional but could be good lookin'.

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