Name: Cassandra Belanger Macindoe, The Stitchery
Location: West End; Glasgow, Scotland
Size: 250 square feet
Years lived in: 2 1/2 years; Rented
Cassandra runs The Stitchery Studio, a creative sewing space, from the Victorian tenement flat she shares with her husband, Matthew, and their four year old son, August. Together they adopt a ‘make do and mend’ attitude that extends far beyond Cassandra's latest darning project.
Cassandra, a fashion designer and sewing instructor, founded The Stitchery shortly after moving to Scotland from Canada three and a half years ago, riding the wave of a whirlwind romance with Glasgow-born Matthew. Uprooted and with the world at her feet, Cassandra had the idea of channeling her love of fashion and design into starting her own business. What began as teaching a couple of evening dressmaking classes from the living room of their rented flat rapidly (and much to their delight) blossomed into thriving sewing studio with a full schedule of day and night classes and workshops led by talented designers and artists from across Scotland.
Matthew, a product designer and talented creative himself, also plays a large role in the business, and their shared love of all things vintage, salvaged and upcycled is hard to miss. The majority of the furniture in the studio, and the rest of their home, has been sourced for free and lovingly restored and re-worked to give it a new lease of life. Matthew's upholstery and woodwork skills are never wasted, and the result is a peaceful and relaxed space filled with beautiful and inspiring stimuli.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Indie, shabby chic, vintage, up-cycled, Make Do & Mend.
Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn, the 1920s – 50s, indie fashion, art, music and design, Frankie, Pompom and Selvedge Magazines, Coletterie Sewing Blog, our surroundings in the west end of Glasgow, fashions of the Victorian era, COS, Anthropologie, Pinterest.
Favorite Element: The Victorian cornicing and fireplace.
Biggest Challenge: Light — it is wonderfully flooded with light for half the day, but can be tricky otherwise.
What Friends Say: It has a lovely and peaceful atmosphere to work in.
Biggest Embarrassment: Falling off my chair when the leg gave away (it already had a crack in it ;)
Proudest DIY: The chairs we found in the street, painted and re-upholstered with William Morris fabric.
Biggest Indulgence: Fresh flowers.
Best Advice: When looking for a studio, think about all the aspects of how you will be using it. How much space do you need, is light important, is the atmosphere/ambience important, can you paint/redecorate?
Dream Sources: Anthropologie!
Resources of Note:
- Crown - Matt Vinyl Emulsion Colour F0550J
- Computers by Apple
- Scanner and printer - Brother MFC-9330CDW
- Sewing machines by Janome (we are stockists of Janome sewing machines)
- Many items were found on the street and upcycled - some of the chairs, smaller dark wood cabinet for fabric storage
- Work desks - Ikea (they were in the flat when we moved in)
- Large fabric cabinet - bought second hand from Make It Glasgow when they were closing their studio. Paid £30 for it.
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