You seemed to enjoy when I shared the home of a fellow reader, so I thought I’d share something similar. Susan contacted me a while back for advice about the sheers she was sewing for her dining room.
I enjoy helping people work through window treatment sewing issues. I was able to share with Susan that her pleats and the space between can be adjusted up to certain measurements beyond the “standard” numbers.
When I contacted her again a couple of weeks ago, she agreed to share pictures of her beautiful panels and sheers.
She decided to make her sheers of question into goblet pleats. The result is so pretty, don’t you agree?
I’ve never made goblet pleats with sheer fabric, but what a success! Susan said her previous sheers were longer – to just above the heaters (see baseboard heaters pictured below). They collected a lot of dust, so to avoid that issue this go-around, she made these sheers to hang inside the window framing.
Susan mounted the sheers onto pre-painted white pine or mdf boards (she didn’t remember which) and used L-brackets to attach them inside the window casings. Due to a splitting wood issue, Susan pre-drilled holes for the mounting screws. It’s true that mill work often splits apart when you drive a screw into it without pre-drilling the holes.
Susan made the lined panels in a simple style that hang from clip rings.
I really like the vine-y print – similar to my guest room curtain fabric (How to Make a Curtain Header with Flounce).
Susan considers sewing to be sort a necessary evil, which is much like I feel about cleaning house! I love having a clean house, don’t you? Doing the job is the part I put off…until I can’t stand it anymore and get busy cleaning.
Most of us don’t sew for the joy of sewing. It’s the joy of the results of sewing! Sewing gives us more bang for our buck. That’s why we sew!
Like most of us who sew, Susan says she hoards fabric for future projects. Ha! Her mother taught her to sew, and – like me – she took home economics in school where they taught sewing “back in the day”. I wonder if she made a miniature pinch pleat drapery panel like I did in my class.
Susan tackles a large sewing project about once each year as the need arises. In addition to sewing, she loves gardening, cooking, baking, carpentry, home renovation projects, painting, and card making in her Canada abode on fifteen acres. We have so much in common!
I think Susan should start a blog and share her many projects. Don’t you? Many thanks, Susan, for sharing your beautiful window treatments!
Are you as impressed with Susan’s talent as I am? Does this encourage you to give sewing a try?