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Mountainlove
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Date: 10/14/11 11:07 AM

I'm very close to ordering fabric for curtains in our dining room. I was wondering if any of you have some advice. Here are the points I need to consider:

1.) 11 ft ceilings (well, they're a few inches taller)

2.) I have sheers already on them. I need some color

3.) I'm not sure about the width of the fabric needed. The window is 76" wide. The fabric I'm looking at is 54" wide. Do I need 1.5 or 2x the width of the window?

4.) I'm not sure if we'll ever close the curtains, but it's a west facing window and gets beat on by the sun. A lining will be needed.

5.) Would you just put panels on the side? Or an actual functional, full width curtain?

And, I'm absolutely terrified of hemming 11 ft. curtains.

What would you do? It will be much cheaper to to make them than to buy them, but still...It's about a $300 investment (with lots of fabric two- double with pannels and lining (two panels, with panel at 2x54"= 108") That sounds like a lot of fabric: 216" for a 76" wide window. Maybe I just need 162" of fabric (three widths of the fabric)?

As you can see, I'm just not certain what to do. Any help will be appreciated.
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Date: 10/14/11 11:35 AM

I have something similar going. My current window has a pleated shade instead of sheers. I'm going to make stationary panels on each side and maybe fill in with sheers. Decided to make the panels so they cover the window about 6 inches and rest will cover the wall using 1.5 widths for each side, with the finished panel being around 40" for double fullness.
I prefer 2.5 fullness, but my fabric is on the heavier side. I'm using shirring tape to gather them with decorative rings to hang them. The heading will droop over and a contrast fabric will show.
As for hemming, you can do it last. Hang the curtains for a few days, pin the hems, that way you'll know for sure.

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Date: 10/14/11 11:57 AM


I have that same problem with west sun.. the heat is just horrible in the summer. So I recommend you use blackout .. or install shades or such behind your drapes . This will protect your drapery fabric also.
If you do plan on drawing them infrequently.. such as in the summer.. then I would order 3 times the 54 width most home dec comes in.. Perhaps you can find some wider then the stock 54 measurement.. but looks like you will need at least the 54 plus the half of 54 again on each panel. That would give you 2 X the window width.. which should be fine.. unless you wanted a really full look.. But oh my . if you have to buy 2 and one half width for each window that would add up.
You can approach the hem in two different ways.. Either do as the previous poster said.. hang up for a few days then mark the hem.. which you can then sit by the window and do by hand.. or even drag over your machine.. no point taking them back down IMHO. OR you can hem them all at once .. then adjust the rod if they need to be higher or lower. That may be not an option if you already have sheers on them ..although they most certainly would be on a separate rod ? You would not want to see the headers of the sheers behind your drapes.
So yes.. I would just order the three widths myself.

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Date: 10/14/11 4:06 PM

Thank you for the help. I think I'll try the 3-fabric width (or 2x 1 1/2) curtains and see how they turn out. It brought the cost down to $240 - still cheaper than I can buy them ready-made!

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Date: 10/14/11 5:53 PM


I do believe Joanns has the black out fabric on sale.. or coming on sale. You def will want to use that to block that sun and protect your drapes. Good luck and let us know if you have any other questions on your drapes..

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Date: 10/16/11 8:08 PM

Thank you!

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Date: 11/1/11 10:51 AM

Thanks I never thought about hanging the curtains before hemming them.

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