(Vintage Way No. 2)
Finally this weekend I was able to dedicate some time to repurpose a lucky find from some time ago: a curtain in a beautiful shade of blue.
The material: curtain and matching haberdashery (all for a fiver). It feels like a linen-cotton fabric, so not bad at all.
The bathroom needed a small one to avoid or reduce see-through when the lights are on at night.
Luckily the width of the repurposed material perfectly fitted in our window, so the work needed wasn’t a lot.. but bear in mind that currently I have no sewing machine, so it’s hand stitching all the way.
Before being shortened
Out it came (part of) my sewing thread stash (lots of vintage threads and some less old – ebay, charity and market finds). For a quick refresh on some more of my stash, see this old post: Wooden Reels (no, this isn’t it all, and yes, they’re still stored in boxes). If I ever need a colour, I’m pretty confident it’s going to be in there, or at least something closely matching..
In my usual freestyle way, I didn’t do much of complicate measurements (i.e. none). After putting it up on the curtain rail I just marked the desired length in a couple of points, then proceeded to bast and cut the extra length.
The extra length has just been cut off
The bottom has been basted, ready for trying it up
Then the edge was fixed – the result is not particularly pretty, but works. There was a little fiddling with the basting as in the middle section the length was slightly longer. Then the two layers were fixed together with a small, mostly hidden stitch. And that was it: new curtain’s up!
“New” vintage curtain is up!
It still needs a curtain hook to hold it on a side when open, then the haberdashery blue rope can be put to use too.
I was very happy to repurpose the lucky find: “new” nice curtain for a fiver.
Environmentally friendly: check; economic: check. Win-win.
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As some may have noticed I don’t blog very often. I thought about it, and I believe it’s due to my instinct of presenting things only when they’re complete. This way I miss out on the spontaneous update and just putting it out to the world really. So I end up having quite a few photos of things I’ve done, seen or am making, but actually posting very little of them. Also, life often gets in the way and throws many things at you – sometimes there isn’t just enough energy left to sit, edit photos and write it all down. I wonder if that’s a common problem with bloggers?
Anyway, next time (this week!), I will discuss: