It’s Curtains For Me!

Opinions, opinions, I need your help!  I have had too many ideas, and I just cannot decide…  please help me pick, and I will execute the one that is chosen by the majority!

Shawty Drapes

Shawty Drapes

Sooo…  The guest room has one window, and it just so happens that I have *one* set of cotton chocolate brown Target curtains from about five or six years ago.  They work really well for darkening the space for sleep, and brown is a color I’m using in the room.  Its just– there’s one problem.  They’re too short!  About six inches or so, and they look dorky as all get out.  Not awesome.  Apparently our window was closer to the floor at the other house….

Bad Spots On The Vintage Tablecloth

Bad Spots On The Vintage Tablecloth

In the few months leading up to tackling the guest room, I have unpacked some goodies that I’d like to upcycle in this project.  Those curtain panels, as well as two very different tablecloths, to be more specific….  One is a fifties classic, peach floral in a rectangular design on a crisp white background.  The other, from the late sixties, I believe, is an all-over pattern in shades of green.  It is a very traditional print, but oddly, it feels contemporary in the context of the room.

Vintage Tablecloth/ Fabric

Vintage Tablecloth/ Fabric

The pic on the left has paper arrow markers showing the existing damage spots on the peach and white cloth.  Its really, really pretty and the cotton is still really nice and fairly stiff, so without these little areas of ‘damage’ I wouldn’t feel free to cut it up and re-use it.  But, free I feel, so cutting it up will be happening.  I will certainly use some for cushions or the like, but I also have the option of extending my drapes with a strip of them– the shorter ends are almost exactly the same width as the curtain panels.

The tablecloth seen to the right also had a few holes near one hem, so it has already been cut up for use in this room.  I have used this fabric to make a valance in a fussier style, just a flat panel but with green ball fringe as an accent, so hemming the drapes in six inches of this could look pretty chic.  I would also have enough of it left to still make throw pillows or shams or whatever else.

Ultimately, both fabrics will be used in the guest room at the same time, so there should be no issue of continuity or anything like that.

I have also purchased a variety of trims to cover lines where there were previous seams in the curtain panels.  I’m using my usual preference of layered embellishments to my advantage with this one, and hoping that I come out with a sort of dressy fou-fou fun thing.  I’m also hoping to transform the sad brown cotton panels into something more custom and comforting for this room.

So!  Let’s get to the choiceing!  (Keep in mind none of this is stitched, everything has just been laid and folded into place)

Option #1

Option #1

***  Option #1 involves not adding any additional fabric (although it could, see below), but instead just using the HUGE opened-out factory hem as my ‘extra’ length.  In this instance, I must add strips of trim in order to cover over wear from previous stitch seams and folds.  (So placement of those strips is sort of non-negotiable.)  I also would be using a piece of lime inch-wide double-fold bias tape to wrap the bottom edge, as seen here.

Now that I’m thinking about it though, I don’t LOVE this one, mainly because I don’t like the even spacing of the ribbon/ trim, which is pre-determined.  I could still use this idea and use one of the above fabrics, but more as a ribbon/trim, instead of as a lengthener….  this way I could play with the width of one of the ‘trims’ and not have that feeling of it being too weirdly symmetrical, like it is shown in the pic.

Okay, so if you vote for this one, tell me if you like it as it is as shown, or if you would add in one of the above tablecloth fabrics.  And tell me which fabric, the peach and white or the mostly green.  And which of the trims would you pull out, if you were adding another element in?

Option #2

Option #2

***  Option #2 would be trimming off a lot of that tired excess that I’d be covering in #1, and simply adding on a contrasting band of the peach printed tablecloth.   The printed design is exactly the same length as the panel.  Seems kind of meant to be, right?  Because there is an odd area of whitespace at the border of the tablecloth, I would either be trimming out the empty space like you see in the option #2 pic, OR, I would be flipping the band to the other direction and placing the white on the inside, in between the peachy pattern and the chocolate panel.  If I do the white on the inside, I could add the ball fringe to the very bottom of the curtain panel, which is probably the more expected and typical route.  (Not that that’s a bad thing.)

To tell the truth, I think this one is my favorite, visually speaking.  I like the thought of bringing this tablecloth in on the drapery.  BUT, I don’t adore the idea of having white cotton at the bottom, near the floor, on my curtain panels.  How often am I going to want to take them down and launder them?  So there’s that.  How do I compromise what I think will look best for that first five minutes, versus what will stand up to time and actual guests, and not make me crazy in the process?  It could be fine and I’m overthinking things.

Option #3

Option #3

***  Option #3 would be a compromise between the first two, where I cut off part of the worn and fadey part on the brown panels, and then added on a band of the green paisley-floral stuff.   I would cover over the one remaining faded strip with a band of either the coral grosgrain or the ball fringe.  Also, I would probably use a slightly smaller strip of this green fabric, I was laying it all out and left a little more than I would like now that I look at it.

This is the fabric I used for the valance, so that may or may not be a good thing.  I *do* think that this one would wear better than the above one, and would hide a multitude of games of feline peekaboo and junk.

Stupidly-Short Curtains

Stupidly-Short Curtains

Sooo… what do you think?  Which would you do?  I value your opinions!  Please vote, it’s easy to log in via facebook or other media and leave a comment!  I’m going to take opinions for most of this week, and then tally up the results on Friday.  I hope to get my stitch on over the weekend and show you my results!

Thank you for your input in advance!


 

One Response to “It’s Curtains For Me!”

  1. Option 2!


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