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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Curtain Call

Good Afternoon. Sorry to be late, but I have been making curtains for the bookshop. I had a small scrap of the fabric that made the cushion for the bay window. I got it into my head that the bay should have curtains to match. Then I decided that the window over the counter needed one too.
I make curtains with a similar method to the one that I made the bed skirt in the bed tutorial a while back.
This time I had to stretch a bit, literally. The bay has a slanted top. It is 6" tall at the peak. I had just a tiny problem.......I only had enough fabric for curtains that were 5" long. Oops! The answer to the problem was making the curtains look natural. If you pull the center of a curtain back to the side the bottom naturally slants upwards. Sneaky aren't I? Here you see my 5" by 4" piece of fabric. Beside it you see a longer curtain. Magic? Sure it is. Fabric stretches on the bias, so I simply did just that. I started with two pieces of fabric, each the width of the window. They should have been the length of the center. One inch short. I started at the outer edge of the curtain pinning it in three places, top, bottom and in the center where I wanted the tie to be when I finished.
On graph paper I usually simply put a pin in and slide it straight over from the half inch mark to the quarter inch mark. That forms the stand up pleat. This time I slid it to the side and up each time. At the top the curtains had to cover two inches of width. I pinned the inner edge of the top an inch above the outer edge and two inches over. This showed me where I would ultimately end.
If you try this method it helps to draw the window that you are working with on the graph paper and make sure you draw a floor line below and a 1/2" above for the top to cover the whole window.
I have been using this method for a long time so I pretty much know what I am doing. I had never done the slant trick before tho. As you can see in the photo, it looks like it's going to work.
The window over the counter is only 1 1/2" wide so I decided on a single panel for that one. Again, I cut the fabric twice the width of the window and long enough to cover the top and bottom. On all of the curtains I allowed a 1/4" turn under on the sides and bottom. I don't have to worry about the top. That won't show when I am done.
After I have all of the parts pinned I sprayed the whole thing with heavy duty industrial strength hair spray. If I can get it, I use the odorless kind. I didn't have any. This stuff(I won't mention the brand because the company might come and spray me with a big bottle of it) could kill if you inhaled more than a few breaths. I either take it out on the back patio or into the closed bathroom to dry.
After it was dried and didn't smell like chemical waste anymore I took all of the pins out. I stuck a bit of glue on it where I wanted the tiebacks to go and put them in place. Then I simply ran glue along the outside edges and stuck them in place.
I stuck the other curtain up with pins so that you could see where it will be. I still need to make a valence for the top. I imagine that I should stick to the program and make it match the edge around the bay.
I still need to do the actual windows too. Those will be easy enough to install. I will do them on a board and then just slap them in place with glue.
Oh! By the way, I have two pieces of fabric left. They are both less than 2" square. Now I have to think of something to do with the scraps from the scrap. No pillows tho. Too matchy, matchy.
See you tomorrow.


Rita Tjelta said...

The curtain looks great. Thank you, I will have to try this method soon. I`ve made the sandals from your tutorial.You can see them in my blog.

Minka said...

Love it! I just want to climb into that window seat and take a nap! That cutout shape would work nicely for a harem scene, too.