I’ve made + remade Dutch colonial kitchen curtains
so many times I’ve lost count.
‘Cause that’s how I roll.
This makes G.O. very unhappy,
as he doesn’t grasp the concept of the re-do.
Because I can’t seem to do anything
unless there are multiple redo’s!
Let’s think about something more pleasant, though,
+ view the (I think!) final curtains:
P e r f e c t i o n !
I made these from an old, full-length pair**
of Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic at Target,
**which you can still buy.
They were in a bedroom at our last house,
so they’re basically “free”, right?
It took me three tries to even get these right!
Here’s attempt number one:
So what’s wrong with those?
Well, I thought they were too full
+ looked like something from the Palace of Versailles!
My solution was to remove 2 of the 4 panels,
+ here’s what that looked like:
In my mind, this was a little better,
but the more I looked at them,
the cheapier they seemed to appear.
They looked like I got them from the dime store!!!
Ha! That’s right!
I just said dime store!
But wait — it gets better!
When I had my very first house
when I was probably 19 years old,
I actually did buy bedroom curtains at the dime store!!!
They were called CAPE CODS,
+ I loved them!!!
Trust me, the rest of my decor
was pretty hilarious,
but that’s a subject for yet another blog post.
Back to today’s triumph:
I had to get the folds between the rings just right,
+ trust me, as per usual, it wasn’t easy.
Here’s what I did to “train” them:
After carefully folding them,
individually, by hand,
I clipped them in place with chip bag clips
+ let them settle in for about a half hour or so.
Feeling exhausted, just by reading about it?
Imagine going through it!
And yes, there were other, earlier versions —
all equally grueling + frustrating for poor G.O.
Here were some red gingham cuties
that I sewed, using an old twin bed skirt
from back in the day when Martha was still at K-Mart:
I don’t recall why these went away,
because I do love that red gingham.
Oh, wait — yes, I remember.
I decided I needed full-length curtains instead of tiers,
so these longer gingham checked curtains
took their place:
Once again, adorable, if I do say so,
but the material was wrong.
I’d ordered fade-resistant indoor-outdoor fabric
+ it turned out to be just too heavy + stiff
to make good curtains.
They eventually became upholstery projects,
so they ended well, at least.
Finally — in conclusion,
I still want some red gingham check
in that kitchen of ours,
because I love it so.
This — again from fabric.com:
But how – what – where – when?!?
March 8th, 2019 at 4:57 am
Oh gosh, you took me back to MY shopping expeditions to the dime store, though the prices were more than a dime. The Cape Cod curtains – those were so popular and when the word curtains was said, it often conjured up pictures of those. Love your final product, though I liked the previous attempts, too.
March 8th, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Yes, Barbara H. The dime store was surely my happy place. We had not one but TWO in my tiny hometown of 5,000 residents! How’s that possible?