I made new curtains for my room!! I have been dreaming of this day for over a year. My lovely curtains (if you call them that, a piece of thin yellow material covered in a decorative voile, yip I thought it was cool at the time) had passed there used by date. In winter my room was a ice box, the breeze outside would lift them up, even with the windows closed. Our lovely fat cat Misty, as a kitten used to swing on them so the rips mixed with age have been getting progressively worse. My mum made the originals for me when we re-painted me room over 13 years ago, my mum, super women, could make any curtain, and would be asked regularly to make curtains for our friends (my old church, St Georges actually has some Pam Jones curtains hanging in their vicars house), so naturally, with anything sewing, if mum could do it, so can I (so far I have not been proven wrong).
So after many months of convincing dad to let me buy some new material (“if you want new curtains you need to pay for them yourself”), the left hand side pull snapped, the morning I had to leave for the Christmas regatta (my second weekend back home), good bye light. As dad is getting ready to sell the house, he was a little more willing to buy some material (well he was happy for me to live the next two months at home with broken curtains, but had some flip 180 one morning and got excited about buying me material). So I sent dad on the hunt.
The first thing he did… open two trunks full of material, dad seriously, you have been holding out on me. Yes two full trunks of glorious (and hideous) material of my mothers, and going through the sort, did anything get ditched, nope, nothing (I had to inform dad that you cannot ditch material even if its ugly as anything, someone will love it), did we find a curtain replacement, close but sadly not enough material (and I am also a little picky).
Dad spent the week taking measurements and popping down to our local furnishing store (I sent him to the less expensive one), and he found a beautiful double sided material of cream and gold with a reversible floral print (and for $20/m dad was sold). This same material if you look closely around our house is actually on the lounge cushions, mum made, seems my mum and dad both have similar taste. The fabric was purchased, yet to find time to sit at my machine didn’t happen until after Christmas (and this was my first sit down since coming home, nearly a month with no sewing, two if you count Nepal).
I cheated and copied what mum did (don’t fix it if it works), the material was narrower but I managed…
Say hello to my new curtains (excuse the terrible iPhone photos, my camera is failing to live up to expectation)
Getting my sew on
All wound up
Hanging down (and yes it is sunny outside)