(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 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.
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.
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!
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:
- some handmade wee bags,
- some of my vintage costume jewellery
- the upcoming ABBS (Alternative Bring & Buy Sale in London, Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1783255238667318/)
- my Etsy shop