Beaux R'eves

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What To Do When You Come Up Short

I scored the BARGAIN of the century with my 
beautiful silk drapes that I found at an Estate Sale.  I couldn't believe how well they matched my Hearth Room furniture and waited patiently to hang them when 
we got back from our short trip to Colorado.  
Even more exciting was that I also found the hardware 
(well most of it) at the same Estate Sale for only $8.00.  
 I gave Mr. Beaux instructions on precisely
 how I wanted them hung. 
 He did a great job except:
I came up a little short!  
Now you are correct, I should know better. 
 I should have measured first and anticipated this disaster.  But, hey, I'm human. 
I DID measure the drapes 
when I brought them home.
  I just forgot to measure the space they were going into.  
I got busy and started doing other things and just assumed (always gets me into trouble) they would be long enough.  Well, now what to do?
Make some choices that's what! 
 What to put at the bottom of the curtains
 to make them longer...
1.  JoAnne's Fabric, kind of burlappy and nubby.  I really liked this but it wasn't on sale like I thought it was so I put it back.
2. Calico Corners, a larger check/plaid in the same color way as the edging.  Nah, a little too bright for me.
3. From my fabric stash.  Someday I will actually use this fabric but not for these curtains.  
4. Calico Corners, I thought that a stripe might blend in but it got too busy.
5. Fabric stash again.  OMG, I think this might be PERFECT!!!  It's got the same colors, it's silk, I like that it's darker and will ground the curtains.  This fabric is from Beacon Hill.  I designed the most gorgeous drapes for a client with this fabric.  

I measured the width of the curtains and cut the fabric.  I folded it in half and ironed it on the fold.
I cut it in half on the fold.
I ironed a small hem in the fabric and sewed it.  
Straight line sewing is about all I can do!
I pinned the fabric on the curtains, right sides together. 
 That I do remember from Home Ec.
 Ta-Da!  One side done!  

Here is the top of the rod that Mr. Beaux hung up for me. 
 I bought the rod and 4 finials for $8.00 and bought the rings and the brackets at Lowe's.  I know that they don't match EXACTLY but when it's up there you really can't tell.  

Cost for my All Silk Curtains: 

Panels:               $15.00 each 
Dry Cleaning:  $13.00 each
Rod:                    $8:00
4 Brackets 
and 
14 Rings:           $20.00
Fabric:              $0.00

Total:                $42.00 per panel 

Not too shabby!

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves
XO Cindy    

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

No, not too shabby at all. They look wonderful.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Great solution, Cindy! They are beautiful!

Judy said...

What a great deal. Nice job fixing their "short-comings".

A Walk in the Countryside said...

Beautiful!!!!

At The Picket Fence said...

Way to go!! I seriously can't believe that you found those gorgeous drapes at an Estate sale and your solution to add length was perfect. They look beautiful!!
Vanessa

Designs By Pinky said...

Not shabby at all!!! I love them and how you "fixed" them:) XO, Pinky

Cheryl Hall said...

Good job, Sis! Glad you didn't have to add the cost of my plane ticket to your bottom line :)

Salmagundi said...

Perfect solution! Sally

Blondie's Journal said...

Lovely drapes and a great deal! You did a wonderful job adding the fabric! Very elegant!

XO,
Jane

Sharing Shadymont said...

Looks like they were made that way! Fantastic job!!

Honey at 2805 said...

A beautiful save! What a deal you got on the panels!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Cindy they look beautiful!!

Heather said...

They look like custom drapes now. Actually, they are custom-made...it just wasn't intentional. They are very pretty indeed!

Karen said...

They look beautiful!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Gorgeous solution!

Kelly said...

Wow! You know what? I think it actually looks better having that little band of coordinating fabric at the bottom like that. You did a great job making it blend so seamlessly. I love how they look! What a great score!

Rebecca said...

I must be old fashioned, or dorky. I prefer my drapes an inch or two off the floor. They don't catch pet hair and the vacuum doesn't catch them. I was going to try to talk you through letting down the hem, but your solution is so much better. Maybe I will re-thing drapery lengths.

Cynthia said...

You scored big time. Love them. I really like the colors.

Cynthia

Deserae said...

Your drapes are truly stunning! I would never guess in a million years that they were ever too short. The fabric you used to make them longer couldn't be any more perfect!!!! Just beautiful......
~Des

Babs said...

Not a bit shabby, just gorgeous and you did an awesome job of making them fit. Beautiful fabrics.
Babs

Stacey said...

Brilliant and beautiful! I can't believe you lucked into those gorgeous drapes.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a brilliant fix! I love your fabrics!!! So rich. I actually have a pair of curtains that are too short! Thanks for the great advice and for joining TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS... what a great post!

Auntie Bliss said...

High five, you nailed it! SO pretty.
I have a friend who puts a bendy wire in the bottoms
of curtains and bedskirts and then she molds them to stay put,
isn't that funny? Always looks incredible too.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

LOVE these Cindy! They are seriously GORGEOUS! And I had the SAME thing happen to me a couple of weeks ago and did just what you did and it worked out beautifully!

These curtains are stunning!

Lou Cinda :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Beautiful inspiration! Thank you fro sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

What a great project! They look like they were made that way!! ~Deanna

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those drapes are beautiful, Cindy! I think I would have bought them even if I knew they would be too short. Your solution was a great one. I love the way it looks. Great save and great project!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Nice save! They turned out beautifully.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

Looks great! nice addition!

Michele said...

Thanks for the info. This is actually a project I will be working on tomorrow.

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