Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Linen, Pleats and Gardenias

I have sewn new curtains for my bedroom (all by myself). 


Last year I got a couple of quotes to sew a pair of curtains for the two narrow windows in my bedroom.  The quotes were $1,600-$1,800.  Ouch!  I wanted something simple but pretty.  Our bedhead is upholstered in a slate brown/gray colour so I thought a simple beige/gray linen style fabric would work.  I found some cotton fabric that had slubs and texture like linen and I bought blockout lining to help keep out the 5am summer sunrise.  Total cost was about $200.



I measured, I cut, I ironed and I sewed.  I took my time.  I really wanted these to look well made, and I am so pleased with the result.  To add interest to the plain fabric I decided to add rows of horizontal tucks or pleats to the bottom of the curtain.




I also made fabric tie-backs embellished with some brown velvet ribbon and a pretty gardenia.  I think this achieves the perfect balance between masculine (what my husband wants) and feminine (what I want).



The heading is a simple single vertical pleat.  Each curtain is only one drop of fabric as I wanted clean simple lines rather that full and fluffy.



These curtains are largely decorative as we have timber venetian blinds on the windows already.  One day (on the wish list) I would like to replace the blinds with white timber shutters.






I know there are sewers out there that will see the imperfections, but to me they are perfectly imperfect and for $200, I'm not complaining.

Sharing this refined simplicity at:

A Beach Cottage - Good Life Wednesday
The Shabby Creek Cottage - Transformation Thursday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Freckled Laundry - Air Your Laundry
My Romantic Home - Show & Tell Friday
The Shabby Nest - Frugal Friday

This is a lot of link parties for me.  I usually stick to just a few but I worked really hard to make these.  I hope they inpire somebody else the way I get inspired seeing other people's work.

11 comments:

  1. Nice curtain...

    love the fabric you've used its very durable and love the nice details too like the pleats ♥

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  2. Great job & I Love the bottom pleats!
    Ciao!
    Guerrina in CT

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  3. Love the fabric! *swoon* I have been looking for curtains for our house for such a long time as I cant sew to save myself but I think i'll have to hire someone :(

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  4. brilliant!!
    i love the pleats you've added at the bottom. super stylish.
    (and - a girl after my heart - i too hope for some white timber shutters under my curtains - but stick with the brown wooden blind for now - sigh!!)
    cheryl xox.

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  5. Fantastic job - well done you!!! You should be over the moon to accomplish such a project. I love the fact that you've given thought to the man in your life to try and find a great balance and added such lovely details like the pleats, tie back and flower....B:)

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  6. Those draperies are wonderful.
    They look custom made and the tucks are a brillant idea!

    I am your newest follower :)

    I host a Bunny Hop Party every Wednesday and I would like to invite you. The linky is open until Sunday, but don't wait too long ;)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Bunny Jean's Decor and More (my main blog)

    ps. Do you know Natasha in Oz? Her blog is 5 Minutes For Me.

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  7. Love your attention to detail. I think they look perfect. Last week I found some natural linen at Spotlight. It's usually hard to get at a reasonable price so I snatched up a few meters to make new cushions for my leather sofas.
    Kristine

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  8. These are so beautiful and elegant. I love them!

    Jenny
    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com

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  9. Well done! They really look well-made with lovely details. Thanks for linking to BC Good Life Wednesdays

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  10. Gorgeous! I'd love to know how you did the pleats. You did an amazing job.

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  11. Wow~ so pretty!! I love how your drapes came out! Pleats are so lovely~ thanks for sharing at FNF :)

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