As is entirely apparent around these parts, my sewing skews in the garment direction. When you can make a nice outfit to wear in an evening or two, why spend weeks working on interminably long seams without even a dress to show for it?
However, the exceptions prove the rule! I’ve needed curtains for my sewing room for months – my old apartment wasn’t overlooked so I just waltzed around without bothering, but my new place is on a narrow street and my next door neighbours look directly into my window. Do I regularly take my clothes off to try on things as I’m making them? Yes I do. Oops. On top of my need for curtains, my good friend Emily also needed a dog bed to match her lovely new redecorated bedroom, and was despairing at the tacky options available at the local pet superstores.
Thus a trip to Zimman’s was born. Zimman’s is just the most fabulous home dec fabric store you could ever imagine. It’s in a rather rundown town north of Boston, but it’s a gem that’s been around since 1909 and more than worth the trip up route 1.
The fabric selection is vast and absolutely beautiful, ranging from heavy upholsteries to Marimekko, outdoor fabrics, leathers, and voiles. Downstairs, there are foam cuts and cushion inserts in every size imaginable, and a whole tassel department. Ladies, if you need tassels, Zimman’s is your place. Although it’s aimed at home dec projects, a lot of the fabrics would multitask – there are leathers for bags, wool that would work for coats, and they even have some Liberty Tana Lawn.
Emily found some gorgeous green heathered Scottish wool for the bed, which we combined with some canvas, an upholstery zipper, a foam pad and some batting to make a rather luxe dog bed, if I say so myself.
As for me: I found some birdies!
I even got it on a bolt, my very own.
I made some very simple curtains for my sewing room – and I even have about 1.5 yards left.
Do you do home dec projects, dear readers? Or do you avoid them to maximize dressmaking time as well?