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Playing with PowerPoint

2011 April 6
by elizabeth_admin

Or how to make simple curtains more complicated.

Remember how I proclaimed I was going to sew in my new sewing room last night?  Yeah, well that didn’t happen.  You see, I called my mom for advice.  And during my conversations with her, my simple project got more and more complicated.  It all started with asking her for a rule of thumb for adding width to get a graceful drape to the curtains.  Not out and out pleats, just drapeyness.  In other words, how much do you add to the width of the panel over the measurement of the actual window width.  Mom said to use a 1.5 : 1 ratio.  That measurement (which came out to be 130.5 inches for Jack’s window) was the first conundrum.  I had bought only one twin sheet for the curtains.  I now needed two twin sheets to complete this project.  Then Mom pointed out that my sheets were knits and needed to be interfaced.  Do I have enough interfacing?  No.  Then she pointed out that it would look more professional if I had a contrasting fabric border.  Brilliant!  Except for the fact that I didn’t think to buy an extra sheet for a contrast color.  So, not only did I no longer have all the required yardage, but I still needed to “design” the look.

Enter my friendly PowerPoint program.  Remember how I used it to design Katie’s as yet unfinished bday dress?  Here are the designs I came up with.





So which design do you like best?  I know which one is my favorite.  I have enough fabric to work on the first panel tonight, so that’s what I am gonna do.


8 Responses leave one →
  1. April 6, 2011

    I like the last design best.

  2. April 6, 2011

    I would pick the third one although I have to admit I am wondering if that is also because it is the easiest to sew!!

  3. April 7, 2011

    I like the first one although I suspect that the third one will make better curtains. No help at all, sorry!

  4. Marie-Christine permalink
    April 7, 2011

    KNIT sheets for curtains? No, no, no! You need some body so that the whole thing doesn’t collapse up top. It’s the wrong kind of drapeyness for curtains. If I were you, I wouldn’t buy 2 more, I’d put these on the bed, and get some regular woven sheets instead. That way you can just buy the double size right off and be done with it :-).

    • April 7, 2011

      Agreed. Go with a woven. I’ve made curtains from sheets 4 different times… wovens sew easier and hang better over time.

  5. Lynn permalink
    April 7, 2011

    I like the third one the best!

  6. April 7, 2011

    I really like the third one, too!

  7. April 12, 2011

    I like the last one too.

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