THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

May 27, 2006

In The Studio

Filed under: Sewing Studios — georgene @ 9:09 am

by Diva Georgene
In any sane person’s house this would be the dining room. I minimized the impression of clutter by positioning a mirrored sliding closet door just inside the door from the entryway. A world of clutter is hidden behind that mirror.
The mirror is an essential part of the studio – I can use it for fittings, and when I close the kitchen door it forms a nice tight corner to use to photograph garments on the dress form.

I now have learned to document most everything that comes thru the door, whether its a vintage dress, one of my own garments, or something I’m working on for a client.
The corner pose with the mirror gives me a front and side view in one shot. Digital photography and storage on the computer has made it so much easier to keep records.

Madeleine Vionnet documented everything that came out of her studio. There is a marvelous record of her work because she took these photos with a mirror on both sides of her corner. If only that kitchen door wasn’t there, I could put up the other closet door mirror as well!

I built a wood frame for the closet mirror, painted it, and jury rigged a way to attach it to 2 Rakks poles. Rakks are great, because they are tension poles, and no mounting hardware is needed to attach them to wall, floor or ceiling. I first started my Rakks system ages ago, and it keeps expanding according to my needs.


  1. Georgene, that is brilliant. LOVE the dress.

    Comment by Gigi — May 27, 2006 @ 10:21 am

  2. Yeah, great idea! Love the Vionnet photo, too, drool 🙂

    Comment by Mary Beth — May 27, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

  3. Great idea about the mirror door, love the Vionnet dress. Thanks for the reminder about taking pictures from the garments which leaves the studio, which I often forget and regrets later.

    Comment by Els — May 27, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

  4. So serene, very Georgene – I really must get going on my own sewing room this long weekend!

    Comment by Phyllis — May 27, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

  5. What a wonderful studio. I love the idea of corner mirrors – may be time to make a visit to Home Depot.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — May 28, 2006 @ 5:58 am

  6. At first glance, I thought the picture was from a home dec magazine. In addition to being incredibly useful for fitting and photography (and hiding clutter), the mirror doubles the impact of that great set of French doors. Color me envious.

    Comment by Karla — May 29, 2006 @ 6:12 am

  7. Is the ruffled brown/black dress your design or a pattern? I love it.

    Comment by KT — July 17, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

  8. nice

    Comment by pizza — January 12, 2007 @ 10:55 am

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