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Please critique my curtain idea!

warpbywarpweft

Please critique my curtain idea!
« on: June 30, 2017, 11:53:43 AM »
I have found 2 lovely off cuts at my local curtain fabric shop, they co-ordinate very well together and originally I thought that I would make cushions.  Now that I have draped them about at home I think that they would be good as curtains.  Each bit is just a bit longer than one full length drop (so if I needed a 1 width single dress curtain on one side of my window I would be fine).

So, option a:  make a pair of full length curtains with the top 2' or so in the heavier of the two fabrics, the lower part in the lighter weight fabric.  Pattern wise this would work well.  Should I interline the thinner fabric with lining fabric to bring it up to the same weight as the top fabric? 

option b:  full length curtains with the leading edge in the heavier fabric and the outer edges in the the lighter wight fabric.  Each length of fabric would only be 1/2 width AND some fabric would be lost due to a seam running floor to ceiling. 

Both curtains would be lined with a hidden tab top (my current favorite type of top for a curtain as I fancy a change from yeas of pencil pleat).

Has anyone made anything similar before?   I have 'interlined' curtains with lining type fabric before to thicken it up a bit and it worked well...

Vegegrow

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2017, 12:07:03 PM »
If you google  banded curtains you will see a lot of the curtains have a wider band than 2"
my concern would be pulling a heavier interlined curtain... have you ever made interlined tab tops
lining with blackout would stop the light looking different though the different fabrics
« Last Edit: June 30, 2017, 12:12:44 PM by Vegegrow »
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Vegegrow

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 12:10:32 PM »
I found this
"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz

Vegegrow

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2017, 12:11:28 PM »
And this looks good
"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz

warpbywarpweft

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2017, 12:12:11 PM »
Banded curtains! 

I thought that they must have a name, now that I have put banded curtains into pintrest I am getting better results,  thank you!  I was taught curtain making in the 90's so it was more Austrian blinds and pelmets then.

I was thinking more like 2 foot / 60cm plus. 


Vegegrow

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017, 13:46:26 PM »
Banded curtains! 

I thought that they must have a name, now that I have put banded curtains into pintrest I am getting better results,  thank you!  I was taught curtain making in the 90's so it was more Austrian blinds and pelmets then.

I was thinking more like 2 foot / 60cm plus.

Sorry I read your 2' as 2"  :)
"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz

warpbywarpweft

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2017, 16:17:38 PM »
I know!  that's OK.  I'm never sure whether people use inches, cm or millimeters now.

Vegegrow

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2017, 17:21:41 PM »
Only other thought was if you are someone who washes curtains you may have problems with different fabrics.. (ps  blackout lining doesn't wash)
"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz

Greybird

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2017, 22:23:15 PM »
Possibly more than 2 bands per curtain? Each curtain could have 3 horizontal seams making 4 alternate bands. You would lose a bit of fabric in the seam allowances of course.

BrendaP

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2017, 11:02:57 AM »
I do think whatever option you choose the bottom of the curtains should be as heavy weightwise as the top.  Either interline and/or use weights in the hem.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
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warpbywarpweft

Re: Please critique my curtain idea!
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2017, 17:12:48 PM »
I am more of a curtain beater than a curtain washer, I don't reckon this fabric would like being washed either.

The 3 band idea sounds good.  I still haven't started on them (I have been rearranging the house to make space for a permanent work room which is rather exciting!) so the fabric is draped over the curtain pole and yes, I do think I will need to do some interlining to weight up the thinner fabric.