So I've been spending a lot of free evening time lately with my new best friend, "Singer" or "Singy" (as I like to call him:)...
...measuring, cutting, pinning, ironing, sewing, ironing, pinning and sewing again.
Making lined curtains has been a painstaking process, I must say!!! GG wisely encouraged me to go online and find some instructions before beginning the project. What a smart man! :) I was going to try to wing it based on some thorough investigation of other tailored curtains in our house. But thankfully I managed to find a really informative website here, which talked me through the various steps necessary to make tailored, lined drapes. Thank goodness!! What would one do without the internet??
I started off with an assembly line approach, doing each step of the process on all 6 panels before moving on. The measuring and cutting took ages and my knees were so sore after scooting around on our hard floors... Nonetheless, I finally finished and moved onto hemming both the liners and fabric. Last night I started joining the two together (inside out) and then inverting them to make the almost-finished product. Around 11:30pm, my first "baby" churned out and was hung this morning. Here it is, limply and rather lonely, as it adorns the middle window.
Not too shabby! While I think it still needs a little something, I am happy to say it is well-made and should not fall down!! :) The fabric choice did end up looking somewhat "30-year-old-man's office" and not quite "toddler bedroom", but I'm still happy with the choice. By starting out basic, I can always add playful, colorful elements later (but you can't always take away!) I am really thinking now of adding some sort of hooks to the top and perhaps changing out the drapery rods. I'm also going to look into some red tie-back cords to make it a little more fun and playful.
All in all, I'm thrilled to have one done (but am lamenting the other five I have to finish!) Oh well, all in a day's work. Before I leave, let me include a pic of Heidi's beautiful valences she shared with me--if you zoom in, you can see the adorable Osh Kosh effect she created at the top. Too cute! Heidi, you are a talented woman! I decided to play it simple by default... (too tired=no creativity!) Maybe next time I can rise to your prowess!! ;)
I'll hopefully be updating you on the finished project very soon!
Hope you are all enjoying a glorious Monday. God bless you!