Changing SeasonsFrom Repair to RenovationPreparing and Execution...

From Repair to Renovation

One day while working, I noticed an issue with my new worktable. The wood was splitting, and a shelf had sagged to the point where the supporting post came out. Needless to say, I was not happy. 

So off I go to the hardware store, got some really hard wood and had the pieces cut to my specifications.

I took the top off [the base is in two pieces to make moving it easier], then I turned each base piece on its top so I could reinforce the underside of each shelf and replace the split piece of wood. I also used screws to attach the support braces. The underside support pieces were placed on the diagonal.

I turned both parts of the base cabinets right side up and repainted the inside and all parts that show. I used a second coat as well. After everything was dry and secure, I replaced the top. 

Hard hard wood to fix the disaster

Then I noticed that the paint on the walls wasn’t very fresh looking. So, I repainted the whole room. As a result, I rearranged a few things because I noticed the flow of my work would be more efficient. I also decided to store things in a closet that I don’t use often. It was during all of this I acquired a Thor GC 1341 Leather machine.  This is a cylinder machine that also has a flat bed attachment for larger projects.  The BEAST as I call her. 

The end result of all of this is increased lighting, more room to walk, less clutter, and a far better organization system. I ONLY keep my most often used reference books in the sewing studio. My other books that are not used often are kept in the living room. I try to keep the volume down in the studio so I have more room to work. 

So many consumers have become accustomed to the minimized timelines from the runway to the store’s in the fashion industry.  The majority of the items you see from store to store are basically copy and paste.  Designers buy items of interest and then recreate them with 7 points of interest that are changed to avoid getting sued.

Clothes make people..more now than ever.  We don’t always like to admit it, but we are judged by how we present ourselves to society.  If you are a bit overweight or getting on in years, you are basically invisible to the world.  You are noticed when you conform to what is considered beautiful by the current standards of society.  Over half of Instagram posts are about fashion influencers.  We seem to be enthralled with labels and those who are shopping addicts, thus they gravitate to to fast fashion.  The impulse to buy is triggered in a part of the brain that handles the rewards circuit, with the primary factor being the price.  

And we haven’t even started discussing the luxury brands!  The high end brands that for some reason are worth exorbitant amounts of money, far more than the costs of goods and labor, just to say you can afford to carry that brands label.  

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