curtains

One of my Cape Cod neighbors asked me if I would make a pair of curtains
for her. The fabric is a dotted Swiss with an 8 inch finished bottom of
a heavy lace, that looks like machine crochet. She bought the fabric in
Switzerland years ago. It is so pretty.She wanted the fabric cut
lengthwise and and sewn in 2 panels. The top is folded over 10 inches
and has rod pocket on the top. I had her do the length cut. I didn't
want to cut into that beautiful fabric. I had to pull a lot of threads
to get a fairly straight edge for the sides. That went well. Then came a
side seam in the very open lace. First panel I tried to hand sew the
lace edge. Hated the way it looked so I took out the stitches and bonded
the side hems of the lace with heat and bond, then machine stitched it
down. I hope she likes the finished job. I'll bring them out to her
this weekend. It was a challenge and a lot of fun.
Juno
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Juno B
Juno they sound beautiful! Real Swiss dotted-swiss, drool...
I think your idea for seaming the lace bit was probably a good solution. Another idea might have been to create a French seam just in that area? Or use silk organza and enclose the raw edge of the lace in a binding?
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BEI Design
Those sound gorgeous!!!!! You better watch out or you will become the Curtain Queen of the Cape!!!! ;)
Sharon
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mamahays
I should have said side hem. If I had some silk organza I would have used it. I didn't consider regular binding. It just wouldn't have done justice to the fabric.
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Juno B
She's a good friend and good neighbor. I had no trouble saying I would make them for her. She has an extensive collection of fabric she bought in Europe when she went there years ago. I would gladly make something else for her just to hold it for awhile. Juno
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Juno B
That fabric sounds so lovely I would love to just caress it for a little while. Oh my. sigh. There's a bin full of fine heirloom lace pieces here and I probably would have used the most invisible for a sort of hem tape for the lace side seams. About ten years ago (really) there appeared a hole in the fine mesh of our clothes dryer filter. I patched it with cotton Swiss lace and it is holding remarkably. That lovely lace is surprisingly strong and doesn't carry the worry of long-term unknowns. Polly
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Polly Esther
I'm shocked, SHOCKED! to learn you don't have a stash of three colors of silk organza laying about... ;-)
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BEI Design
"BEI Design" wrote...
They really sound beautiful, and if the owner won't mind - how about a picture?
The father of my mother's sister in law, our dear aunt Kitty (a short for Claire of Klara) owned a factory that made the stuff. When we got married, we pondered for a second to get for our bedroom their fabric with the little laurel wreath pattern but soon got off it since we had a young kitten then and intended to have kids. Good move, too; the curtains we got instead have been torn to shreds by our now new kitties. Anyway, back to the real Swiss: unfortunately, the factory closed down years ago, and my aunt's brothers have only a couple of lengths left. I have a couple of swatches somewhere... If I find the time I might scan them for you if desired.
U.

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Ursula Schrader
"BEI Design" schrieb im Newsbeitrag news:ivlsq8$85e$ snipped-for-privacy@dont-email.me...
You forgot to add: '... in you holiday domicile.' ;->
U.
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Ursula Schrader
If you could see my stash you would be even more shocked. Compared to most it's just about empty.
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Juno B
I don't have enough room there to have more than a couple of spools of thread. The place is so small we climb over one another.
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Juno B

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