Flip-over curtains -- experiences?

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Anyone made these? Have directions or proportions to share?

I am thinking this might be the solution to my "short stash"
situation. Picked up some clearanced sheer printed drapery a couple
years back. It's really cool: a Richloom multi print, batik-type
graphics with fish, leaves, spirals, other interesting shapes...and
not quite enough to do the windows in the house I picked up at
clearance in June.

TIA

--Karen D.

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You picked up a house at clearance in June????

Sorry.....couldn't resist.
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Joanne
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Probably right at the beginning of the housing bust...

;->

Beverly



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Yep. A foreclosure. It's a lousy time to be trying to sell a house
(I've heard) but for me it was a great time to buy.
http://home.earthlink.net/~krdunnam/house.htm

So, about the curtains...

--Karen D.

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Veloise wrote:
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Wow!!  That is wonderful, and you've done so much already.  From
experience, I recommend a 20-year plan.  You will get so much pleasure
from bringing it back and it will provide you a deeply satisfying home.

Have you found a local Freecycle site?  That can be a good souce of odds
and ends for free.
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Joanne
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I found Craigslist to be better, so far. Plus the local Habitat has a
Re-Store and it's been great. (Brand new house numbers, still in the
package, the two digits I needed and matching each other. $1.)

Check that link again in December, as my CL cabs are supposed to
happen soon.

--Karen D.

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Veloise wrote:
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Good sources, both.  We don't have a Habitat store here, but we have
many thrift stores, which I've shopped for years now.  It's amazing what
you can find, but you can't go with a list and expect to fill it.

Freecycle here is a Yahoo group, and while I subscribe, I'm on "no-mail"
and just scan it on-line.  Too much email otherwise.  It can be very
good for building and remodeling "leftovers" and home equipment stuff.

I'm drawing a blank on CL cabs, and fully expect to say "Doh!" when you
tell me what you mean.
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Joanne
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oh! lots of potential there. i like those Victorians.
 the 'sidewalk along the house' was pretty common in the
30/40s to try to prevent basement flooding from roof runoff
during rainstorms. people didn't understant grading the dirt
away from the house & putting up gutters is far more
effective. i notice you don't have gutters. you may want to
consider them if you store anything in the basement.
 oh, & it looks like the shingle on the corner isn't so much
loose as not trimmed. the first course of shingles hangs over
& then gets trimmed back.
 
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i like balloon shades. i need to learn to make those myself...
my only curtain ability is drapes :p
lee

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Karen: Good luck with your new (your first!) house.
What a difference those plant beds make already!
PAT in VA/USA

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Pat wrote:
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My neighbors agree! Most of the concrete work occurred on Labor --
hah!-- weekend, and everyone was out on the street due to a
temperament and temperance issue with one of the fellows. So they all
offered me comments and advice. Once the tree and hosta arrived, they
were amazed. Projects always look terrible for a while, and you look
at the "befores" and ask yourself, "WHAT was I thinking??? Is it too
late to put it back the way it was???"

TSWLTH has a series of items labeled "Home Sweet Home," and several
have somehow jumped into my shopping cart.

Found an attached-valance lace shower curtain at a thrift yesterday,
and after some adjustment it's going in the bath window this week.

CL = Craigs List.

--Karen D.

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Veloise wrote:
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Doh!
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Joanne
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Well, I've looked at all these posts as well as your impressive website (I'm
a period sutler) and I can't find any explanation of the flip-over curtain!

What is it?

Mary



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Thanks for the compliments. (There's a Victorian bicycle downstairs.)

Flip-over curtain is sold on-line (took me some searching to unearth a
common term). It's a one-piece valance + curtain requiring only one
curtain rod. I'm thinking I can "extend" my stash pieces by cutting
the good yardage and adding a shorter piece that will be hidden by the
attached valance. But I don't want to go buy some just to figure out
how they are made.

My stash stuff (Richloom's "Ravina" sheer) would look swell in the LR
(bay and side windows) and I have plenty for that. Since I really like
this fabric, I want to put it in the DR as well (three more windows,
slightly shorter than the LR). Daylight project: photograph it to put
on a "lost fabrics" site.

Full disclosure: I wear contemporary clothing under the ballgowns,
sometimes made of technical fabrics. Yep, I could go find some damask
or PC-looking yardage, but...I have modern furniture, don't feel the
need to go all 1890s in my decor.

(For the kitchen, I am considering some ready-made Victorian "village"
lace cafe curtains. Of course those are a discontinued item...)

Thanks!

--Karen D.


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Ah, I see, thanks.

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Oh I think we all do from time to time. When it's been bitterly cold and
icicles dangle from the awning I've been known to have vest, jeans and knee
high sheepskin boots under my C15th clothing.

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:-)

My mother died in August and I inherited lots of beautiful damask curtains.
I don't want them because we have thick plain velvet curtains which suit
us - but you're a long way from me :-) I have a friend in Scotland who I
think will welcome it, she makes costumes for everyone she wants to join her
group and events. They'd be totally unsuitable for anything I wear.

There's always a downside :-)

Mary



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Wendy, I love your house, it's a gem. Now to your curtains. Is this the
sort of thing you had in mind? >
http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/bedbathstore_1972_132561007

If it is I tell you what my DD daughter did. She measured the length she
wanted her panels and added to that number her flip length. Since she is
a non sewing person she took a pinking shears and cut her panels,
flipped her valance to the front, hand stitched plastic rings big enough
to slide over a brace cafe rod and slipped them on to the rod. She then
added narrow ribbon bows just under the rings. Now to dimensions, How
wide are your windows? How full do you want your curtains? I usually
like to make curtains 1 1/2 half to 2x the width of my windows. I like
the top of the hem, if you put one in to come just under the sill and th
have a fined length of 4 inches. So add that in to your total length. I
have also suggested to all my DD that when they are measuring to use a
string to get a rough estimate of how much length the need and then add
in hem and valance allowances.If you want clarification on anything just
yell.
HTH
Juno

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Juno wrote:
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An oops to my previous post. My DD used a sheer fabric and the effect
was beautiful.
Juno

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Juno wrote:
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On here http://home.earthlink.net/~krdunnam/projects.htm just south of
Ellen and the Christmas pillows, are my previous sheer-print curtains.
When I made those, I was in a place with 7' or 8' tall windows. My new
HSH (home sweet home) has 72' windows which are narrower. TSWLTH has
the matching "Ravina" print in a solid upholstery (although it's more
yellow than the slate blue and mauve that predominates in the sheer
yardage already collected). Was thinking I would do the "valance" in
the opaque goods, and then whatever I find to "lengthen" the sheers is
hidden...along with some unlovely window-top hardware.

This week, at the ground zero mothership TSWLTH, in Hudson Ohio, I was
told that this print has been "red tagged" (discontinued) for "a long
time," they can't order it, it's gone, etc. While describing it to the
clerk, I had to re-explain the opaque upholstery version several times
(finally started saying, "as I mentioned..."). Mot to mention several
clerks ignoring me standing there at the cutting counter in their home
dec department for several minutes. (It's not like my outfit matched
the background, either!) One of them briefly listened to my question,
but then turned away to cut for another customer who'd just arrived.

In contrast, a clerk at the Etc. store in Ypsilanti (I was stalking
TSWLTH while heading home from my business trip) walked with me to the
spindle where the opaque stuff was displayed, and then pulled out
several binders that contain special order info. Another customer
approached, asking about creating a tablecloth, and I suggested that I
could scan the printed lists for my sheer goods and she could help
her. (54" is not going to work for a 72" round table; I suggested how
about a flat sheet. Fabric stores are fun to hang out in!) Not found,
but she was reassuring and came up with some more ideas for my
scavenger hunt. That clerk was much more helpful than any of 'em at
the home office store. Quelle surprise.

--Karen D.

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Are you sure you mean windows  that are 72 feet  If they are 72 inches
and narrow (just how narrow is narrow, 24 inches, 30 inches) and your
fabric is 45 inches 2 panels the length of the window will be enough.
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Are you sure you want to use an opaque for your valance it may be top
heavy. can you find a sheer with one of the colors that's in your fabric
and use that either on top or bottom, make a rood pocket to hide your
curtain rod and use your printed fabric as a flip.
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Right now we have a great staff at TSWLTH. I never get to confident
about it though because it could all change tomorrow.
Juno
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