bespoke drapes: cutting

working on drapes We are slowly renovating our entire little bungalow. My goal is to have a 1950’s bungalow-sized Fabergé egg house, only it won’t be so spectacular on the exterior.  I want a bejewelled interior that I will love to inhabit for the long haul.  To that end we’ve redone our kitchen, the girls’ bedrooms and have just laid the new floor and re-painted in mine.  The living room is coming together piece by piece…

But right now I need to make my drapes. I didn’t have enough faith in my sewing skills to do a shaped valance, so I paid a professional to do that. (Hey, it was velvet and I really don’t know what I’m doing with drapery, OK?)

I’ve had this fabric in my stash, awaiting this day for almost two years. Today I finally hauled it out and laid it out and measured, cut and joined it.joined lengths of fabricAnd because I’m new to this and don’t want to make a mistake that can’t be undone, I’m taking my time.  A lot of time.  Like 4 hours of time just to get the cutting and joining right.  Tomorrow I’ll start hemming the bottoms and the sides.

hand sewn pencil pleats

bed canopy curtainsI’m making bed canopy curtains for DD2 and DD3’s bedroom.  I’m bereft of any ability to decorate space, so I hired a designer, and two years later, we’re finally putting the room together.  It’s “Barbie and the Island Princess” themed in a non-Barbie way.  So for now, I’m doing pencil pleats.

By hand.pencil pleat by hand