I’m really feeling the urge to blog today, but have really struggled with picking a topic. This is partly because while I’ve been doing tons of modern sewing, I haven’t photographed any of it, so don’t have something obvious to blog about.
More importantly it’s because I’m feeling quite down about the negativity of the internet. It’s slightly unfair, because there are so many of you who read and comment and interact and make my corner of the internet a wonderful place, and I shouldn’t let a few negative people who just look at everything and see the flaws in it rather than all the amazing work, and time, and learning that has gone into it poison the experience. I can laugh at the real trolls, but every once in a while the people who *think* they are being helpful but do not understand the concept of help, or charity, or kindness who get me down.
So, for those of you who do know how to support, and help, here is a quick little look at some simple sewing I’ve been doing!
Back in June we had a little gathering at the Castle, and the day before the event I decided I could not live with the terrible black curtains that had come in the house for one.more.day.
I’d picked up some beautiful bird-patterned linen at at Fabric-a-Brac a few weeks before, and it was just enough for the glass doors in the lounge. I’ve always thought it would look cool to have the blinds that I’m going to make for the other lounge window be a different fabric, so I was OK that there was only enough for the doors.
I just make super simple lined curtains, with the most basic two-pocket tape, and almost no gathering when the curtains are closed, because the room isn’t large, and I want to keep the effect as simple as possible.
While making the curtains I thought to myself “you know, these would look really spectacular with vertical borders of petrol blue or midnight blue velvet…maybe I should go looking for some…” But then I decided that I’d just get frustrated running around to all the Wellington fabric stores looking for such a thing, and I was extremely unlikely to find it, and my curtains wouldn’t get made.
Naturally, I found the exact fabric at The Fabric Store less than a week after the curtains were made.
So…there is going to be some unpicking and resewing in my future!
These are far from a complicated or flash project, and I want to upgrade them, but they sure did feel good to get done – at least it means I no longer have black curtains!
Since making them I’ve also managed to replace the black drapes in the bedroom (yes, every single curtain in the house was black when we bought it), but have decided I don’t love them (Mr D picked the fabric 😉 ) so I’m making a new set, and the original pair will get moved to the guest bedroom (Mr D doesn’t mind – I’ve agreed to line the new pair in blackout fabric, and he loves a DARK bedroom).
Now I just need to paint out the rest of the purple paint in the house!
Whew. That feels better 😉