I have a confession to make. Yes, before we get started discussing this London Shade.
It’s a secret (so don’t tell, OK?).
Can you keep a secret? Of course you can, but will you?
First, a question: Do you ever look at pictures and try to figure it out? How it was made…the tiny details…all the tiny details.
OK, are you ready? Here’s the secret part. I’m whispering here, so get real close..
I didn’t… actually…buy a pattern for this London Shade. (Gasp!)
I’m not a cheater, I promise.
It’s just that…after a while, after years of figuring things out on her own, a girl just can’t help herself.
Why spend money on something she doesn’t really need?
Why can’t she just use her little brain instead?
And then, when she moves to a new home, when she needs to make it longer, for a larger window, to use what she’s got, even when her HH is probably sick of the flowers (and she is sick of the flowers), does she have to buy a pattern for a top treatment?
Without a pattern.
Maybe she should call it something new, since she re-invented the wheel, like call it…The Queen Shade.
Whoa, there! That queen’s wanting to take over the world, or something. Get a bridle and rope, tie her to the fence!
Now that we’ve gotten that under control, let me show you where you can get The London Shade pattern. Remember the patterns from the past two posts? Yes, that’s right, The Empire Valance, and The Queen Ann Valance.
You can get the London shade pattern from the same source – M’Fay Patterns. Click the picture to visit their website page for this pattern. If you’ve been sewing window treatments for years…like, ten..or, twenty… or so…you might not need it. Otherwise, you’ll want to use the pattern. 😉
It’s a working shade, which is why I lengthened mine when we moved. We close it often, so it had to be the full height of the window. The fabric was 10 years old when we moved, so it seems ancient now at 16 years old. The pull-cording is beginning to fray, and I’ve had to tie it back together in one spot, making it lopsided when let all the way down. Yuk, y’all. It really, really, really needs to go (a hint of new things to come).
In my next post, I’ll be presenting…no more patterns…no more secrets (OK, it was, but it won’t be after publishing the post)…something new…and fresh…colorful (you know me!)…and something to send you to a fabric store in a tizzy over.
Yes, that’s right. So, y’all come back now, you hear? 🙂
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