Since I bought the fabric over two months ago I’ve made two drapery panels. This is the slowest I’ve ever been about completing a project. The other two panels for the bigger window are sewn together and the lining still needs to be pressed before I can sew it. I think I mentioned in my last post how unmotivated home sewing makes me feel. These curtains are looking a little lackluster, aren’t they? After consulting my mom about what I may have done wrong, she let me know that I should not have washed the linen fabric since I will probably never get those wrinkles out. Apparently drapery workrooms have giant iron pressing machines to get all the wrinkles out. While the curtains are lined, they still need weights at the bottom to improve the hang of them. I will have to take my hand held steamer to these and sew on some weights by hand.
Also, I used one width of 54 fabric for the drapes for a window width of 28 inches. That’s not quite two times the width of the window area.about the same as store bought drapes.
My mom says to get the best look I should have made the panels two and a half times to three times the width of area I needed to cover, so I really needed each panel to be almost two widths wide. I would have needed to have twice the amount of fabric making them twice as expensive. And that’s why those custom drapes are so pricey. They are total fabric hogs! I’m still debating whether I should just go ahead and make the next pair since I already cut everything out or buy more linen and make them more full. At 46, I’m old enough to be a grandmother, my own mom was already one at my age, but apparently I’m not too old to take her advice. And did I? Nope. Sorry, Mom!
Aaah the joys of drapery sewing!