Thank you all so very much for all your kind comments on Friday’s Part I post. I spent a few hours on Saturday sewing the curtains for the office and am pleased with the results. They aren’t to bad for $20 worth of material.
The curtains are simple panels ~ a design that is perfect for a beginning sewing project.
When dealing with large amounts of fabric I lay it out on a clean floor and use the grout lines as a cutting tool for straight cuts.
I lined the drapery with simple inexpensive muslin fabric. There were several reasons for this decision.
~ Fabric intended for curtains always drapes better at a heavier weight.
~ The lining makes the fabric appear richer.
~ Lining extends the life of the curtain by several years as it provides a barrier against sun bleaching and rotting.
~ It provides better insulation against heat and chill.
~ When looking into a window from the outside in, it hands down looks better than merely viewing the backside of a fabric.
The two large rectangular pieces were placed on top of one another and pinned in place. The fabric edge was folded and measured to the desired width and pressed down with a very hot iron. This is the most time consuming part of the process. I multitasked by watching a movie while I did all the pinning and pressing. :) The cut edge was then folded under and pressed again creating a hemmed edge of one inch total. You may create a wider edge if desired.
A simple straight stitch was used. As far as thread selection there were a number of colors I could have chosen, this was what I had on hand.
Once the side and top edges were sewn the entire panel was again given a good pressing with a hot iron. Ironing makes all the difference for a professional look on a finished panel.
Some individuals opt to use fabric glue or stitch witchery ~ a heat fusible product used with a hot iron to seal the fabric edges. This is a good option if you do not have a sewing machine. However you may have to reapply these products when washing or dry cleaning your curtains in the future.
Once the sides and top have been sewn and the curtain pressed I always opt to then hang the panel up to measure the hem allowance. This allows you to achieve the exact length you desire.
Once the hem has been sewn the curtains are then rehung. Professional seamstresses recommended training your fabric so it will lie exactly how you want. For panels such as this you just push the fabric very tightly together on the rod. Then take the fabric fold between your thumb, index and middle finger and pull the fold all the way to the bottom of the drapery. Repeat with each fold. Because my panels landed exactly on the carpet the folds remained. If your curtains are a bit shorter you may want to loosely tie a piece of twine around the entire panel for a week or two until the fabric is then “trained”.
While this fabric was a bold choice for me I just love it. As a curtain panel.
When I began draping the desk it quickly became evident that the oversized floral print was not working as a desk skirt due to the large scale.
I have found a coordinating fabric that will work much better so the saga continues.
Until then, it’s curtains for me.
Happy Monday to you!