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How much!?!?!?!

wrenkins

How much!?!?!?!
« on: April 18, 2018, 13:32:28 PM »
Whilst sitting having lunch I was noodling about looking at fabric...as you do.
I found some quite nice stuff which would do in the bathroom for the cheapo price of £12.35pm on special offer. For a laugh ahahaha I put in my details on their curtain maker calculator and came up with.....

Width 1500mm x Drop 1400mm

.....£236.27.

Why? Just why???
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Iminei

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2018, 13:33:51 PM »
you've got me ?!!!
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Francesca

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 14:05:51 PM »
Is that based on just the fabric requirements or labour to make the curtains too?

It doesn't seem that ridiculous depending on how big the curtains are. When I made them for our living room I think I needed to purchase 26m (or was it 13m?) because you need several metres drop and then also 1.5 or 2 times fullness. I think I ended up with 3 panels of fabric and a significant drop. Our ceilings are not particularly high. At £12 per metre (I think I paid a bit less than that) it's well over that value.
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Sewn: 36.4m
Traded: 45.9m
Added: 41.9m
Up/down: -45.95m

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Samantha

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 14:16:57 PM »
My sewing friend paid about that for materials to make her own curtains, as Fran said it's something to do with the amount you need which can be quite lot depending on the pattern. Personally I'd buy them ready for half the price  0_0 (or even ;less if you get them from Ikea  :ninja:)

wrenkins

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 14:23:28 PM »
For 1.5 widths per side would require 6m of fabric. I make that £162.17 for making. £50 a width to make curtains? Is that how much it is now?
I won't be buying them, I make my own.  0_0  I just pictured my little bathroom window and thought that was a whole lot of money for not very much window! It's about 120cm square.
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Francesca

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2018, 14:38:03 PM »
I guess the question is, what is the calculator calculating. Does it provide a run down or what it is suggesting? Does it say how many metres it recommends and the justification for it?
Stash Busting 2019
Sewn: 36.4m
Traded: 45.9m
Added: 41.9m
Up/down: -45.95m

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wrenkins

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 15:03:05 PM »
No break down.
I could either buy the fabric at £12.35pm (£74.10) or have curtains made up in the fabric for £236.27 using the measurements provided by me.
Width of pole 150cm x drop 140cm.
No linings. No tie-backs.
I can't even remember the website now.  0_0
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Lowena

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 15:17:48 PM »
Seems ok to me  -<
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Francesca

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2018, 15:32:41 PM »
No break down.
I could either buy the fabric at £12.35pm (£74.10) or have curtains made up in the fabric for £236.27 using the measurements provided by me.
Width of pole 150cm x drop 140cm.
No linings. No tie-backs.
I can't even remember the website now.  0_0

So the value of the fabric would be about £75, then you've got the other notions, and then they're charging a fairly reasonable price for the labour? Curtain making is skilled work. The price seems justified to me.
Stash Busting 2019
Sewn: 36.4m
Traded: 45.9m
Added: 41.9m
Up/down: -45.95m

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wrenkins

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2018, 15:50:49 PM »
I had no idea I was saving myself so much money.  :o
I've only ever had two sets of curtains made and they were for my sitting room and absolutely huge. It took two of us to lift them into the car! No way I was starting to heave that lot about.
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Lowena

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2018, 16:02:07 PM »
I'd go for it at that price :)
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Yellowfeather

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2018, 16:35:55 PM »
Do you have a local shop or person that can make the curtains up for you if you buy the fabric??   The price is worked out on the amount of widths of fabric used.  I work for a curtain shop, and the price seems about right, but you might get it cheaper if you shop around a bit.

wrenkins

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2018, 17:04:24 PM »
I have every intention of making them myself as always. It was just pure nosiness.  :[ 
I have since found them for £129 (exactly the same fabric and details) on a different site. Or if I want them hand finshed...£139.
Still making them myself though!  :ninja:
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BrendaP

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2018, 20:51:12 PM »
For 1.5 widths per side would require 6m of fabric. I make that £162.17 for making. £50 a width to make curtains? Is that how much it is now?


Width 1500mm x Drop 1400mm

You probably need 2 widths per curtain, anything less can look skimpy, especially with the lighter weight fabrics usually used in bathrooms.  That would be 8m of fabric, £98.80
 
Would they be lined?  Will you use heading tape?  A reel of thread.

That could could be well over £100 in total, leaving not much more than £100 for making them - barely a day's wages for the curtain maker - who would supply tools and expertise as well as labour.
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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wrenkins

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2018, 21:10:51 PM »
I hate skimpy curtains but they were quoting for 1.5 widths of my chosen fabric per curtain. No linings, no tie-backs.
I must just be out of touch with prices these days since I've been making my own.
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