Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pink Polka Dot Curtains

I'm slowly replacing the old curtains in the new house with updated ones.  The originals in the girls' room were real doozies when we moved in.  Stylish in their day, no doubt!
That day being 1975?

I've finished with three of four panels (for two windows). 

I cut them out of two and (not quite) a half yards of 108" wide cotton fabric.
You can find it here.

And I backed them with 36" wide bleached muslin
(that my sister used to decorate her wedding reception).

I'm no expert but I think the secret to making lined curtain panels is to cut the front fabric wider than the lining fabric so that it wraps around to the back.

Each panel has seven tabs. For the bigger window, I made the tabs about two inches wide.

I did the math and I think the curtains come out to less than $10 per panel.
(I got the lining fabric for free and spent about $14 per set.)

They could have been made (54" long) with blackout lining for around $14 a panel.

While I would never presume to compare these to Pottery Barn, I checked their site to see if they have anything similar and was floored to find out that PBK's hot pink polka dot curtains (with blackout lining) sell for a mere $50 per panel.

And that, my friends, is why I love to sew ;).

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Ever! Ever, ever, ever, ever, ever buy navy blue and white chevron again.  In fact, I might have to swear off chevron indefinitely.  It is bad news, friends.  Bad news!

So you see...

I found 108 inch wideback designer quilting cotton for a good price -- $11.95 per yard.  And I thought to myself, is this navy blue and white chevron print not perfect for my son's new bedroom?  I ordered a couple of yards and made plans with great anticipation.  This is going to be AWESOME, I thought.  Fun but not babyish, I thought.

Today, I opened it out on the floor and it seemed a bit on the busy side.  I'll make a duvet instead of curtains, I thought.  So I cut out the duvet.  As best I could.  While the room spun.  Because oh my goodness!  Navy blue and white chevron is practically impossible to look at.  IT BURNS YOUR EYES.

After cutting out the full duvet, I had to admit the awful truth that a sea of seizure-inducing fabric might not be the most relaxing choice of pattern for a toddler's bedspread.  I tried to fix the situation by cutting up the chevron fabric into wide bands and inserting bands of plain white fabric to create a striped pattern down the length of the duvet.  It helped a little with the brain overload situation, but it was just sort of meh to look at and my husband declared it "girly."

Anybody want two yards of wideback cotton fabric that looks like it's been shredded by an angry tiger?

Just kidding!  I have hatched a new plan and if it works out, I might even be back to tell you about it.

Unless my eyes never recover.

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Twirling Skirt

There was a size 10 hand-me-down dress in my six-year-old's closet.

It hung forlorn and unworn.

That would never do!

I cut it off and made a casing for 1 inch wide elastic.

And now it is a skirt.

When you are six, you can never have enough twirling skirts.