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Posted on:3/4/14 12:15 PM
Project Photo:No Pattern Used: Grommet Top Curtains by Deepika

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Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted to make curtains. But she didn't know how to sew. Nor did she know anyone who did. What a dilemma! Then she had an idea! She combined her love of technology and her desire to sew and she started a website - PatternReview.com! Inspired by others who posted on that website, she went to Joann fabrics ( a store she had never entered before ) and got herself her first pattern and made a skirt! "This is incredible!" she thought to herself "I can make my own clothes." So she bought more patterns and more fabric and before she realized, 90% of her wardrobe was hand sewn. She was feeling pretty good about this. Pretty soon one project turned into 325 and she sewed on! She pretty much made everything she wore. Even Jeans!

There is something missing in this story isnt it? Oh I see.. She never did make those curtains! Until NOW!

That's correct. 13 years later - I finally made curtains. And I HATED it. But the point is, I feel like I've come a full circle in my sewing life. I feel empowered. If I can conquer curtains, I can conquer any project.

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Pattern Description: I saw this pin and decided I needed to make curtains for my little girl's room. Her room is east facing and the morning light is very bright, which is good but not when I want her to sleep in a bit


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? As you can see, I have absolutely no imagination when it comes to home dec. I used the exact same fabric as the inspiration.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I followed the tutorial completely. There was no way I could have sewn these. But One - Hour... No way... Maybe for an experience home-dec-er (is that a word?) It took me one hour just to lay the fabric out.

Fabric Used:Cotton Sateen - Michael Miller Bekko Line from Fabric.com

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Never and Yes. I hated every single minute of this project. But I was determined to finish it so I did. You can see the photo up top. That is exactly how I felt. They are done, they are hung, they look nice, I don't have to think about them anymore and thats that.

Conclusion: To tie in the color I made a small pillow sham using this video tutorial. I also painted this cute frame to make it pop. It was a dirty white before and did nothing for the painting before. Now it really stands out.

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showell said...
What a great story! Love the way the curtains turned out - especially the color! Thank you so much, I don't think you could possibly imagine how many people have been enriched and encouraged through this website.
3/4/14 12:41 PM
myisonu said...
I also hate making curtains! I finally made a simple ruffled bathroom curtain and I like it a lot, but hated doing it. I'd sooner make a very complicated halloween costume with an intricately sculpted animal head piece and all..., without a pattern; than a simple square curtain. I fully understand and agree! But what you did for your daughter's room is lovely!
3/4/14 12:55 PM
Carol Mendoza said...
Love the print and color. I may have to try doing grommet topped next.
3/4/14 12:56 PM
MrsCharisma said...
What a beautiful story!! :) Gorgeous! I want to sew curtains for my kitchen...not functional (e.g. to keep light out) but just decorative. I think I will do that next week. You've inspired me!
3/4/14 1:34 PM
Tindi said...
Beautiful curtains and room coordination!
3/4/14 1:54 PM
slmstyle said...
Ha, ha! What a great story! And your curtains and other home dec accessories came out really great! Congrats on a job well done, and many, many thanks for creating PatternReview.com-it's been a wonderful resource for sewing and meeting fellow sewing enthusiasts!
3/4/14 2:35 PM
SavageCoco said...
Deepika - Been There. Done That. Drapes. And absolutley NEVER. EVER. AGAIN. Love your green and white stripes!
3/4/14 5:49 PM
vannie said...
You may never do it again, but you can be proud of these curtains. Yes, curtains can be rather boring, all those straight lines. Very pretty!
3/4/14 5:59 PM
marjieco said...
what great looking curtains. Love the colors.
3/4/14 9:03 PM
SewLibra said...
What a funny review and what great curtains! You hated it, really? I love home dec projects except all that yardage can be a pain. They turned out great!
3/5/14 1:24 AM
1SewSweet said...
Very pretty curtains Deepika! You did a great job with them! I don't like home dec projects...but your curtains sure make me rethink these types of projects!
3/5/14 5:07 AM
mssewcrazy said...
Love the curtains and the fabric-great work. I have done home dec through the years but feel the same way about it.It's just a lot of fabric to handle but the result is so fabulous. I have never used the big grommets before will have to give them a try when curtains have to happen again.
3/5/14 6:01 AM
sewgirlygirl-knot! said...
Deepika, Thanks so much for the story, it is so nice to see how it all began. The curtains are wonderful!
3/5/14 12:30 PM
ceedee said...
Love your story & the vertical stripe curtains - one of my fav looks. Large grommet project in my future. I love home dec projects. Yes, lots of yardage but..no fitting fluffy girlie curves! So much easier imo :-) Anyway, your daughters room = so cheerful!! (edited to correct auto-correct, as usual. grrr.!)
3/5/14 12:42 PM
grey ann said...
These look greatt! Nice job.
3/5/14 7:35 PM
Pj3g said...
I love these and your story! Glad to have the link on how to make these because I think I want to make some curtains in this style!
3/6/14 8:02 PM
 
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