This started out as such a simple project. Replace one tired sun damaged curtain with a new (made by me) version. I did my research, chose my fabric – went home and checked the measurements of the window. Which is where the fun started. You see, I wanted to save some money by not using two widths of fabric. But the width of the bolt of my chosen fabric was only 1 meter 37, not wide enough to create much in the way of gather. No worries, I thought. I’ll add side panels.
Mistake one. Do not fabric shop when in a rush. I found some matching fabric, but didnt look at the price. Something I normally ALWAYS do. But the shop was about to close. In fact, I had to pick it up the next day as the till had been locked! I then discovered (eek) my contrasting fabric was a hefty £42 a meter.
Mistake two. My equally hasty (in the shop) mental calculations for creating two panels of 35cm each was not going to work. I had not bought enough fabric. So the panels got slimmed down. So then we get to mistake three. I thought I had bought some more of the main fabric for the alternating border panels. I had indeed bought the same fabric, paid the same price. Even got the same blue. However, it was NOT the same shade. Again, had not realised there was slight difference.
The good news is that it has all worked out in the end. I have also got a steel of a lining from another shop. A wool/polyester blend (50/50) for only £3.95 a meter, making it nice and warm. So here we are, it even has some slight folds despite not having as much fabric as initially planned….