Friday, July 29, 2011

It's Curtains!

Got a call from a desperate lady last week.  Her daughter bought some drapes but they didn't fit in her new house.  She got my name from a local fabric store and called me.  I picked them up on my way home and Monday I got to work.  The first one was easy.  It was a big panel that she wanted split into two, shortened and a rod pocket on the bottom.  The second one not so much!  Actually the second two.  She had two valances the same width, but wanted me to cut some off each end of one and sew those ends to the other valance.  It wouldn't have been too bad, but they were pleated and lined, and the hem was scalloped and had cording!  So today I tackled them.

Which meant that I had to take the two side pieces off, open both edges and switch them to opposite sides of the "big" swag so the curve would match up.

After joining and refinishing the pieces I had to press like crazy to make it look professional again.

I don't think I could have gotten a closer fit on the cording without ripping the whole works out and putting in new cording-not really an option.  There was a bit of fabric that I had cut off the big curtain, but not enough for cording especially since cording should be cut on the bias.

The other curtain took a little over an hour, but the job today took three.  When I called the lady she was very relieved I had them finished before her daughter arrived and said she hadn't told her yet that she farmed the work out to someone else.

Next time I hope to show you the chicken table runner.  I've been working on it for some time and I'm ready for the owner to take it home.  She dropped off some last-minute fabric a few weeks back and I have made her a little surprise.  Hope she likes it!


  1. Wow you are a miracle worker. I certainly hope you charged accordingly for all the extra effort and time you put in. Great job!

  2. Contessa, I did charge my standard rate, and she was happy to get them. She told me she would recommend me to others!

  3. One day I will get you up here.....I have so many projects I could you you for including big hugs!

  4. Sounds like a nice road trip to me!


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