Friday, October 29, 2010

Drapery Panels: Done! And Next? A Few Pillows...

Let me celebrate, the drapery panels are done! The sun didn't show up afterwards, however, and this is one hard room to photograph on a dark rainy day. I'll take more photos and post as soon as the sun decides to smile down on me, but this is what I have for now. (Let me tell you, this weather just really makes me want to curl up under the covers, catch up on some reading and take a nap!)


Using the steps I outlined in this (long, multi-post) tutorial, the drapes were cut, sewn and hemmed...

(checking fabric band placement, in the harsh early morning light!)

...with a band of fabric added along the bottom edge, following the steps in a tutorial here. I think I'm good for about one pair of drapes a year. Any more than that and I would be sending the fabric to the seamstress, despite the cost. (Ha, who am I kidding....)



Up next, a very easy project in comparison...stitching a few pillows using this muted green fabric and a bit of gorgeous trim.


Have a fabulously spooky Halloween weekend! Also, look for my latest Houzz Ideabook tomorrow, in which I showcase a stylish collection of rooms designed using the color palette of black and white.

45 comments :

  1. I'm tired just thinking about it. You deserve to curl up and read a book after this huge accomplishment Janell. Your curtains look perfect! Enjoy your weekend.

    -Rene

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  2. Those window treatments are gorgeous!Have a great weekend
    Sarah

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  3. I love your window treatments. The band of fabric really sets them off! I love the trim for your pillows too! can't wait to see how they turn out!

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  4. This makes me want to learn how to use my sewing machine. The panels look great!

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  5. Ahhhh, they look great! Love the band of fabric. And the green pillos are going to look nice on the settee. Are you planning to use anymore of the headboard fabric in the room...a pillow?

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  6. they look wonderful, the band adds such a perfect touch!

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  7. Your hard work definitely paid off! They look great! Now, curl up and take a nap!!

    Have a great weekend!
    xo Jade

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  8. What a major achievement, Janell!! Wow, are you super fast!! I love how the band of fabric lightens it up and you're right the contrast makes the table more visible! You're a genius! Love it!

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  9. I'm feeling the same way about the weather, although the wind went down and the sun came out yesterday afternoon, so that was a bonus...

    I really like the way the band on the window treatment lightens it up and ties it in at the same time. That sneak peek with the headboard, the lamp and the window treatments looks great, even with the cloudy day! Happy weekend...

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  10. Janell. Seriously. These are amazing. I still have that Suzanne Kerstler image saved (and look at it often) that I found on your blog a couple of weeks ago. This looks SO good. I think I need it in my living room....

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  11. Those are gorgeous...they look custom and crazy expensive. I love the nubby texture and warmth they bring in too.

    I'm using your tutorial and attempting no-sew pillows....my corners look terrible?!?!

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  12. No sew pillows...well, if you are willing to sew the key to getting the corners right are to stitch curved corners. That is what works for me. With no sew, can the corners be folded like an envelope? Does that make sense?
    Janell

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  13. The band of fabric did the trick! The table doesn't get lost against the drapes anymore. You are so talented. Love EVERYTHING you do!

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  14. Beautiful! I would love to watch you as you do your hems. That has always been the hardest part of sewing drapes for me.
    My husband says I'm too much of a perfectionist. Maybe, but yours are perfect! I wish I knew your secret.

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  15. I used a slip stitch, this drapery fabric has a lot of texture, so the stitches didn't show, making the job quite easy! Janell

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  16. They look beautiful! Perfect, perfect, perfect!!!

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  17. The stitching part isn't the problem. It's the measureing. And trying to get them even. I like my hems within an 1/8 of an inch to the floor. No matter how many times I measure I can never get them right. I have to hang them, pin the hems in place, take them down, iron the hems, hang them again, adjust the hems again, take them down, iron the hems again, hang them again. I must do this process a half a dozen times before I'm satisfied. Then I can finally sew them. There has to be an easier way.

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  18. Love it! The band of fabric is perfect!

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  19. Wow Mary, I feel for you! This is the process I follow: I hem them in place...pin, iron and stitch, all while hanging still hanging on the rod, so I can check them as I stitch.
    Janell

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  20. Congrats! I love the tutorial you showed in the previous post - really insightful.

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  21. The drapes are gorgeous. Love the fabric and your pillows will be stunning. Fabulous trim. Hugs, Marty

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  22. The trim makes all the difference. They are lovely!

    Happy Halloween too!

    xo,
    cristin

    ps - how bout those Giants?

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  23. Those drapes really came out great. I always say that I won't do ___ again, and then I do it and swear it off again... oh well!

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  24. The drapes look really beautiful! Good job!

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  25. The drapes look really beautiful! Good job!

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  26. You do the whole thing with them hanging? Holy Toledo. I better take a look at the tutorial! I really like that look. And now you can relax and enjoy the Halloween weekend with a big project checked off the list. ahhhhhh!

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  27. Courtney,
    Yes, see where the iron board is standing? Just pull up the drapes and press the hem, stitch them and then iron on the panels. Less work in my book, plus you really can see if the hem is the right length and check on the placement of the trim without having to take down and rehang the drapes.
    Janell

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  28. I love the 4th picture. The fabulous headboard fabric, with the stunning lamp, and your beautiful window treatment. Beautiful!

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  29. As usual, they look stunning! love the contrast band of fabric! Whew, doesn't it feel great to finish a huge project like that (I say huge just because of all the yardage - it's a workout just moving it around!) Now you can munch on Halloween goodies as your reward :)

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  30. Your master looks awesome - I love the look of the band. Was just reading through your tutorials on making drapes, and looking forward to trying my hand at them as I'm not finding anything I like "off the shelf".

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  31. The tutorial is a bit overwhelming when you see the number of steps, but several people have written me it was very helpful when they tackled sewing drapes. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions when you try making your own!!
    Janell

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  32. Love the new curtains! They look fabulous. Also love your new blog design. Gorgeous!

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  33. It looks absolutely AMAZING!!! I absolutely love your style and your blog!!! And I love that side table next to the sette. I would love to know where you got it from...I know you mentioned in a previous post where you got it but I can't seem to find that post!

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  34. This table is a steal, as far as great looking directoire tables go, $69 at Target.

    Here is the link:

    http://www.target.com/Metal-Round-Table-25-25/dp/B0018LABQ8/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&keywords=accent%20table&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-26&qid=1284435801&rh=price:5000-9999&searchRank=target104545&id=Metal%20Round%20Table%2025%2025&node=1038576|1287991011&searchSize=90&searchPage=1&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchBinNameList=subjectbin,price,target_com_primary_color-bin,target_com_size-bin,target_com_brand-bin&frombrowse=0

    Wow, Target as the LONGEST links! Janell

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  35. Your bedroom is really coming together and looks lovely. Great job on the drapes-- the band at the bottom adds so much. Good call!

    I really think you have great taste and was very interested to see you doing your room over in a dark brown color scheme. With all the hype over "grey is THE new neutral/ new brown", I've been afraid to use brown in any of my new projects. I'd be interestd to hear your thoughts on grey vs brown.

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  36. Maricolwell,

    Wonderful question! I adore gray, LOVE LOVE LOVE! But the brown/tan/ivory/green/steel gray color palette seemed right for this space, particularly given my goal for the room design to flow with the colors, patterns and finishes in the adjacent Master Bathroom (which continues to be one of my favorite designs in the house!) That bath has blue/gray walls, very similar to the canvas above the settee, so introducing a touch of this color into the room.

    I think in design one should use colors, styles and finishes that you love most. Be aware of trends, incorporate ideas that appeal most to you, but don't be slave to them.

    Janell

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  37. Wow! Your blog design looks great! Cannot wait to have mine finished. It looks so sophisticated--just like you :)

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  38. Your drapes are gorgeous, Janell! I am far from tackling a project like that but I can dream! I also love the fabric on your lamp shade. Your header on your blog looks very classy. It suits you. I hope your kids have a Happy Halloween.

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  39. The window panels came out gorgeous! Cannot wait to see your next project!!

    E+J

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  40. Oh, I agree, this is total napping weather!
    The drapes are gorgeous, but your one-pair-per-year plan sounds exceedingly sensible.
    Do hope your pumpkin carving (for 2011) went well!

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  41. Hi Janell, love the drapes. I make all my own, as well, and every time I say no more, and swear I'm going to have someone else do them, I conclude again that I'm just too much of a control freak to hand it over (besides being too cheap when I can do it!) I can't imagine hemming on the rod -- doesn't that break your back?? Kudos! And, love the new blog look to go with the new photo :)

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  42. Once again surprise surprise another project done by you that looks beautiful! You are so talented! I also love your new look to your blog! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  43. You're draperies are beautiful! I only wish I knew how to sew. My projects are at the mercy of seamstresses who get really busy this time of year.

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  44. You're draperies are beautiful! I only wish I knew how to sew. My projects are at the mercy of seamstresses who get really busy this time of year.

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  45. You're very talented Janell! Love the drapes and the headboard fabric!
    XO,
    Candace
    Loft32

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