I made the curtains out of Bosporus Flax by Covington. I saw the red bosporus on another blog a while back and I have been waiting for the right project ever since. You can find the fabric at a number of fabric stores online, but I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. I was in the Hobby Lobby buying materials for a paper towel roll puppet (school project) when I saw that they had the fabric in stock.
Not only was it in stock but the price was cheaper than I had seen online and I had a 40% off coupon. It cost me $165 for 12 yards. The next day I went back with another coupon (yep - I just keep printing them off) and bought the lining which was just plain white muslin for $32 for 12 yards and then some thread for $4. Now I know at first it seems like a lot - $200 for curtains but I made 4 panels that were 98". Anyone who has priced custom curtains or even just regular curtain panels knows that at $50 a panel I got a deal. Just to further justify my purchase to myself, I did do a little internet searching and found 2 sources online that would make the same curtains for $650+. By doing it myself I saved at least $400.
For those of you that scoff at the sewing part you really should reconsider. A curtain is super easy straight sewing. It is harder to measure and cut out the fabric than to run it through the machine. You could even pick a fabric that doesn't need to be lined and save a step.
This is a picture of the windows before the new curtains went up. The previous owners left us these blinds.
So here is the finished product. Again, I apologize for the crappy pictures. These curtains are really beautiful in person.
The old-fashioned toile pattern in the fabric really plays well with the antique chandelier and the other antique pieces we have in the room. The wall color below the chair rail is a dark gray. I think I am going to add some decorative trim and paint it white and paint the wall above in one of the dark blues in the fabric. I think the white trim would brighten up the room a lot.
I purposely made the curtains a little longer so that they would puddle on the hardwood floors. I think it is nice romantic touch in a formal dining room.
I think I am going to remove the blinds now. Since the curtains are lined they provide plenty of privacy and I really detest cleaning blinds.
I am also considering using ring clips on these to make it easier to open and close but then I would have to raise the hem a little. What do you think - ring clips or leave well enough alone?
These curtains really added a nice touch to the room. There is something about curtains that finish a space and make it more comforting to me. I am just loving them so much my kids and my husband are sick of hearing about them. Oh well, I will keep gushing for a while longer or at least until my next favorite project comes along.
~Gold Shoe Girl~
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