A Spot in the Shade


It’s curtains – for the apartment, not for the blog, although you might have wondered if this blog was done for after going silent for a month. I have been consumed by other projects, or more precisely by 12 yards of home decor fabric and 12 yards of lining. Having never sewn anything of this size before (or sewn anything to completion), I decided to take on the task of sewing four curtains for our front windows. We couldn’t find a design that we both loved in the ready-made aisle, so we ventured into the fabric stores in search of the perfect print. It came in the form of Waverly Solar Flair.

So I set up the sewing machine that I received for Christmas a couple of years ago, got reacquainted with the instruction book, and set off making a test curtain sized for the dog. Confident that I could craft a lined curtain with fairly straight lines, I took two months of weekends to cut the panels (using the kitchen floor tiles as a measuring tool), hem them, stitch them together, and finish them with a rod pocket at the top.

The detailed instructions are available at Sew Many Ways, and the results are now framing our front windows. The dog already appreciates them more than the blinds that used to block her view, though she would rather stare at the rabbits on the other side of the glass than the curtains that we admire.