Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted on July 16, 2010 by sonjabarrie

Well my life never stands still, there's always something going on.  All the time Claire and Gianni were with us I was making curtains for Leo's room.  What was I thinking????

For those of you that sew you are probably thinking….."Curtains? How hard can that be???" Well not hard per se but I think I should have had my head examined when I came up with the design. Claire asked me if I could make some curtains to match Leo's castle. Claire and Gianni bought him an indoor tent, sort of like a fabric Wendy house, trouble is this thing is almost 10 feet tall and has to be hooked to the ceiling to stay up:

Leo's Castle

Leo's Castle, doesn't look that tall does it? I thought it was about 6 feet tall so when she said she wanted curtains almost 12 feet long I thought she was exaggerating and maybe hadn't measured right or I hadn't converted from metric to imperial properly but Gianni who is 6 feet something cannot touch the top of the castle!

Leo's Castle Closeup

Leo's Castle Closeup

It's a pretty cool play house but how do I make curtains to match? Pictures on a computer screen show a different color than in real life so I couldn't go by the photo's she sent me, Claire came up with a brilliant idea, send her paint chips and she'll send me the ones closest to the color of the fabric.  So after raiding Home Depot for every paint chip they have I received back 5 that were right.  3 blues, a red and an orange.  Great now, how to make it all come together.

Well, the bright idea I had was to make the center of each of the 2 curtains required in the light blue that's seems to be predominant in the tent and on that put red Fleur-de-lis.  Sounds great till you start to do it.  The room is huge and each curtain is about 12 feet long by over 5 feet wide.  That's a lot of curtain and a lot of Fleur-de-lis!  Still you don't think about this when you start a project.

So after buying huge amounts of fabric, cutting out loads of red Fleur-de-lis and sticking them onto the center panel I had to sew around each one.  It was at this point the thought came to me "WHAT WAS I THINKING??????"

Still I got there in the end and here's the finished product, this is just one of 2 curtains I made and it is so long Tim had to stand up on the landing in order for me to photograph the whole thing.

Leo's Curtain

Leo's Curtain

Apparently within 2 days of Claire and Gianni being home they were hanging up over the windows which is nice to know and I am now just waiting on some photos from Claire to see how they look in the room.

I've just realized, Tim looks like he is up in the Minstrels Gallery in a Medieval Hall LOL

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