Thursday, May 31, 2012

Light & Airy Curtains: My Memoiral Day Project

I can't believe that as of today, I have been in this Duplex for two years now! That just blows my mind.

This past Memorial Day weekend I got the project itch. (Does that happen to you?). For about 6 months now I have been wanting to make new curtains for my living room. One of the things we loved about this duplex when we looked at it was the large window in the front that let so much light in.

We loved it for the day time, but at night we wanted some privacy. So one of my first projects two years ago when I moved in was curtains. So I made these long beautiful curtains that were thick and heavy - sure to give privacy when we needed it.

Sorry for the horrible picture, this on a bad day and taken with my camera I bought in 2005 :-)

Two years later, I hate them. They are so bulky and big they make the room feel smaller and the windows less airy. With the sun up and light filtering in the windows from 6:45am to 9:00pm - I really wanted to make the room feel more airy, open, and welcome.

Curtains are expensive, especially when you have windows that are a unique shape and size like ours. So I decided that I would try to make them. I want them as minimalist as possible and I like the look of the tabbed curtains, too (IKEA style).

At Hancock Fabrics I found this thin 58" wide Voile for $3 a yard - my kind of price range when you need 8 yards!
Over the weekend I tackled this project. It didn't take very long. I just had to sew the top and bottom seams since my window was 56" and my fabric was 58" wide - yay!

And now I have an airy room!

What a huge difference! The only concern was at night, if people would be able to see through. I am happy to report  - that you can see the light and shapes- but you cannot not clearly see what goes on behind these curtains from the street.

Hey messy room! But what would you expect after a weekend of sewing?

Happy Memorial Week! (Yay for a 4-day work weekend!)

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