Monday, August 16, 2010

Adventures in Textiles

At the beginning of the summer, I decided I wanted drapes for a window in my big living room. Choosing the drapes was a big deal because the design and color of the drapes would help determine the rest of the future furnishings that will eventually make their way into that room. I looked at the typical stores (Bed Bath and Beyond, Peer One, Crate and Barrel) but could not find anything I really wanted. I looked on anthropologie's website and found that I loved almost every single thing they offered in the curtains category. I did not like their prices. A couple of panels could run me more than $500. Seriously!

We own a dang ol' sewing machine, folks, and I know how to use it. Well, I know how to sew very basic things. Pillows, tablecloths, etc. I figured drapes couldn't be so difficult.

I found this amazing fabric at Fanny's fabric store on South Lamar. BEST FABRIC STORE EVER! I needed 5.5 yards of this particular fabric and they had to order it - and it was on back order - and I had to wait. When it finally arrived, I bought some beautiful lining material, some sheer curtains to compliment the heavy drapes, and some corded tie backs.
Here is the end result:

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The fabric itself is very heavy. The background is almost black, but not quite. The floral design is embroidered in many beautiful colors. *sigh* I loves it.

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Sheer curtains are inexpensive, so I went ahead and bought those. I may go back and hem these (the sheers), but I may not because I like the billowing look that is happening at the bottom.

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The sewing process did not take as long as I thought. I had to make sure I planned it out correctly. That took the most time. The prep work took a few hours all together. This was mostly just ironing and pinning the hems.

Any-hoo, I am proud of myself. Now If only I knew how to reupholster furniture.....

3 Comments:

Blogger "Miss Bee" said...

Love them! Once I finish grad school I plan to take an upholstery class, so either we can do it together or I can be your upholsterer and you can be my drape-maker.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Kimberly June said...

Love the fabric, great job! Nothing like a successful DIY project to make you feel studly.

12:12 PM  
Blogger sarahsmile3 said...

Bee, hurry up and finish grad school so we can become upholsterers/drape makers. We will open a shop on burnet and work 10-5 Monday-thursday and 10-2:00 on Friday.

4:09 PM  

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