Peacock curtains!

We moved house in the summer, and the new house had no curtains. I had one old set that we put up in the bedroom, but decided to make ones for every other room.

I found some beautiful fabric months ago that has been sat in my sewing room ever since. It is a thick blue and cream woven peacock fabric which is actually reversible – you can have blue peacocks on a cream background, or cream peacocks on a blue background. My lounge is mainly cream, so I went for the side of the fabric with more blue.
Today I finally got a full afternoon to make the curtains! (Full project approx 5 hrs with snack break.)

I’ve never made curtains before, but I have studied a few professionally-made sets, and had a long curtain-making chat with my grandmother this morning so muddled my way through…

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I started by laying out the fabric and the lining on my lounge floor, which was the biggest surface I could manage. I also brought my sewing machine out of the sewing room as the sewing room wasn’t really set up for large quantities of stiff fabric!

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I pinned the side seams, and stitched the lining so it wouldn’t be seen from the back.

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Once I had done both side seams, I gave it a good press.

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I stitched the header tape along the top, hiding the lining seam, and leaving one end open so I could ruch the curtain.

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I pressed the bottom turn up and invisibly stitched it up.

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I pulled the cords and ruched the top, and hung it up to check it was ok before doing the other one!
I did the second one in the same way (albeit a lot quicker now I knew what I was doing) and made sure it was the same length when I hemmed it.

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Once hung, they looked beautiful, and actually are the same length!

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I made sure the ruching was even, and tied off the ends but didn’t cut them. I threaded them through a curtain ring behind, so they are invisible. By not cutting them, if I move later on and want slightly wider curtains, I can un-ruch these a bit and they might fit.

I’m pretty proud of these as a first go at curtains, and they certainly do the job. It’s nice to finally have something covering the window in the lounge too!
I know I’ve glossed over some details on this post, but I’m happy to answer any questions if you’re looking for advice on your first curtains – just add a comment

 

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Sparkly, furry scarf

A good friend and colleague of mine was invited to the wedding of another good friend and colleague.
He wanted to do something extra special, so we chatted about glittery fabrics. He managed to talk me down from a fully sequinned outfit, to a lavish sequinned scarf, with a fur trim (because winter weddings require fur trim)!

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I found this wonderful rainbow sequin fabric (one sided) on ebay, and bought three metres. My brief was Doctor Who meets Priscilla Queen of the Desert meets Rocky Horror.
I found some cream faux fur attached to a ribbon, and decided to double the fabric over lengthways so the scarf was reversable, and a little narrower. I used just over two metres of the fabric (the remaining bit has been earmarked for a skirt or something)!

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I was really pleased with how this came out. My poor hand turned machine did struggle a bit with two layers of sequins plus bulky fur, but valiantly battled on.

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Here are some pictures of it at the wedding – it had loads of compliments, and was quite a talking point! What do you think?

Many thanks to @j0nnymac and @MrJezzalinko for being such willing models.