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Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!

sewingj

Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« on: September 13, 2017, 16:43:38 PM »
Ok - I have got to make a pair of curtains to fit an apex window in the door end of a timber framed garden room.  I haven`t got a clue where to start but I assume the top edge has to be sloping and then fixed so that it doesn`t move.  I`m then thinking that the curtain will be held back by some sort of large hook at door height (I`m not explaining this well!)

This is for a rental property so I don`t want to spend a lot.  I`m wondering if calico would be suitable, and I don`t want the curtains to be very full.  They are mainly for privacy as the room is on the front of the house.

Any help would be much appreciated.  All the videos I have found are for full curtains with pleats etc

BrendaP

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 18:07:18 PM »
Yes the top edge will be sloping, but it won't be at the same angle as the roof, it will be shallower.

To work out the size of the curtain measure the length/height at the highest point (h1 on my scrappy drawing)and measure the length/height at the short side  (h2).  Then measure the width (w) and multiply that by at least 1.5 though x2 or x2.5 would look better.  Then add hem allowances top and bottom.

At the top just make a casing - it will be a pain because you'll be sewing off-grain - and slot a wire or rod through to hold the curtain.  Depending on the length a very ordinary curtain hook should suffice to hold the curtain clear of the door.

If you use calico or some other plain fabric which doesn't have a nap the two curtains can be cut in opposite directions for maximum economy.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2017, 18:09:57 PM by BrendaP »
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sewingj

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 19:27:15 PM »
Thanks so much Brenda - that sounds perfect.  I hadn`t thought of using a wire but I think that would work.

  I have found some extra wide calico which I think would be ok (though I have lost the measurements at the moment and suspect they might have gone in the recycling - don`t tell husband!)

Vegegrow

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 19:55:52 PM »
I wouldn't use wire I don't think it will be strong enough.. it will sag in the middle..only other though was that  calico will shrink so prewash as rental curtains will need to be cleaned
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sewingj

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 07:38:02 AM »
If I used a rod, how would I fix it at both ends.  Also, would the fabric slide down the rod?

Vegegrow

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 09:20:04 AM »
If it doesn't stay put you could sew  a hook to the top edge and hook it round the rods support hook... are these going to be pulled or are they decorative?  edited to finish reply ....would renters be able to hook curtains back onto a curtain holdback at that height?... ...you can make the curtains pull back on cords these are called Italian strung /corded curtains but top/rail fixing would have to be strong enough to pull down on
« Last Edit: September 14, 2017, 11:07:17 AM by Vegegrow »
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Greybird

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017, 09:45:10 AM »
Depends on the diameter of the rod, but you can buy bracket ends for rods to fit into. I think they are intended for the rails which hang downwards in a wardrobe, but we have used them for towel rails on the back of a bathroom door. If the casing is fairly tight it shouldn't slide down the rod. You could use a curtain holdback (not a tieback) to keep the curtain clear of the door.

toileandtrouble

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 10:57:35 AM »
Fix the gathered curtain on to the slope by velcro.  Use  the sloping line to mark an arc down to the middle line. You can then sew little rings at reasonably close intervals along the back along that line and use a cord, hook and cleat to hold each curtain open. You will need to put the rings a bit lower than the line so it will drape, more in the centre and down to nothing at the side.  Experiment with folds before you fix it permanently.

sewingj

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2017, 16:11:15 PM »
Thanks again.  I had wondered about fixing the curtain using velcro but wasn`t sure how to gather it up before fixing.

I think it will be fine to use curtain hold-backs.  I did speak to a curtain shop this morning who tried to explain how to do Italian stringing but I don`t think that is necessary. (Their idea of low-cost was not the same as mine!).

Is calico likely to shrink a lot?  I don`t think I could get that amount of fabric in my washing machine

Acorn

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2017, 16:43:19 PM »
My experience is that it shrinks quite a bit and comes out of the machine appallingly creased.  You can buy pre-washed calico for not a great deal more - I hope that pre-washed means pre-shrunk!
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Vegegrow

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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2017, 16:51:09 PM »
you can use this sort of tape it gathers but has a strip of the soft side of Velcro on it https://www.amazon.co.uk/Contact-Curtain-Heading-Tape-3Inch/dp/B00KVZ7E5S
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sewingj

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2017, 18:37:13 PM »
Vege - that tape looks brilliant!  Thanks so much, I had no idea it existed

Concerning the shrinking calico - I am very tempted to just make them extra long and hope for the best

Vegegrow

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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2017, 19:48:20 PM »
Depends how much time you want to spend ironing.. DD bought some heavy calico to print on.. washed to shrink and it was pretty much unusable because even a good steam iron wouldn't move the creases.. methinks preshrunk would be the way to go.. and then do a shrink test with a measured sample
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sewingj

Re: Apex Window curtain - as easy and cheap as poss please!
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2017, 08:48:34 AM »
Vege - thanks for that - the only problem is that I have found some un-shrunk calico which is 300cms wide - which would be perfect - but the pre-shrunk seems to only be available at 135 cms which isn`t wide enough for each curtain  so I would need twice as much

Fajita

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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2017, 09:05:01 AM »
But, how often will they be washed?