Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Here is a recent creation.  The valances are a simple design, obviously, but I was working without a pattern and these are lined, so I had to figure out some logistics on the pocket for the rod.  Also, finding a large-scale curve for the bottom was tricky.  I ended up using a large oval tray and my cutting mat to map the total length of the fabric portion that needed the curve, alternating the platter up and down. 

I found this fabric at FabricLand in New Providence, NJ, for $35/yard - a little dear for me.  But, I was struggling to find just the right fabric - a black-and-white base, with a retro feel, and with some color in it that would integrate into the dark orange and navy blue in the adjacent room.  I fell in love with this fabric, and it was as cheap as anything I was seeing at Mood, so I went for it. 

Later, when sewing, I noticed the maker and name of the print along the selvage of the fabric - Pom Pom Play, by Waverly.  I started thinking about making some matching napkins, and googled the fabric name, I found the same fabric available at HouseFabric.com for much less than I paid, only around $17/yard.  I plan to buy from this site in the future.  The only bad thing for the site is, I think you need to know what you want to buy from it, because they give you only a small image of part of the pattern, and I would not be comfortable dropping say $50 for total fabric needs without seeing a bigger image. 

The trim I found at M&J Trimming in the Garment District (6th Ave between 37th & 38th, they also have a great website if you are not local, or are just lazy, www.mjtrim.com).  It was not exactly what I was hoping to find, but I wanted orange, and I wanted retro.  I like how this trim works on the finished product.  Also, though, I sewed it directly on bottom edge, so if I find something else I like better, it would be pretty fast and easy to pull this off and put something else on. 

I am happy with how they turned out!  They are so cheery, and look nice on these enormous old windows.

1 comment:

  1. So fabulous! I love that print. Bold, colorful. Scrolls (one of my favorite things!)
    I found your blog through a trail of others sewing in the city.
    You've got great taste. I'm bookmarking you, gal!

    Leu, sewing in Washington Heights