Saturday, February 6, 2010

Opinions Please

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to "Mistreat" my windows, and I loved the way they turned out.

They were almost perfect, except for one teeny, tiny thing....

They weren't long enough.

I mean, they just barely touched the floor....on one edge....but actually cuffed just a bit on the other edge.

You see, one thing that I didn't take into consideration when I glued my trim on was that the trim would sort-of "shrink-up" the edge of the fabric.

In other words, I pulled the trim a little tighter than I pulled the material when gluing, so now it's gapped up.

Nobody that has seen them has noticed it, except for me.


So, after looking through the Nester's library of Mistreatments, I decided that I would try to fix it by adding a complimentary material to the bottom of the curtains.

I went in search of a beautiful plaid or stripe, but just couldn't find what I was looking for.

Then, I found this....

Yes, I know that polka-dots are the farthest thing from plaid or stripes you can get, but the colors are EXACTLY the same.

After a lot of back-and-forth and persuasion from my husband, I bit the bullet, bought a couple yards, bought some more fluffy trim, and headed home.

This is just a rough mock-up, but what do you think?

The actual length of fabric will be a little shorter because I underestimated how many yards I would need, but it will be at least a 1 1/2 to 2 feet band at the bottom.

I know some of the purists out there will probably hate it, but I've never been one to "follow the rules" and want something a little different. (Just not as different as that awful green!)

I like that it is a little "funky", without being too weird.

So, do I go ahead and plug-in my glue gun, or do I wait and see if I can find the perfect plaid or stripe?

Comments? Suggestions?


  1. I dropped in from another blog. I'm voting no to the polka dots. They don't have the same color value and style as the other fabric. I do think the drapes look great just as they are though. I predict that in time you won't notice the hem problem.

    I also read Chelsea's story. Oh my, what a treasure. I can't imagine the pain of losing the other two little ones.

    Bless you.

  2. I think you're on the right track but in my humble opinion, I think the dots are too large of a scale for the delicate toile print. I found a pair of drapes with the same combo but tiny dots. Here's a link for you to view.

  3. I'm voting no on the polka dots too Robin, sorry.

  4. I must add my no vote. It makes the bottom look too heavy.

  5. nooooo Robin don't do it!!!lol. how about something more plain if anything, you know i love u girl...good luck, please dont be mad,lol.



    I think your drapes look beautiful. Maybe you won't even notice in a week or two. Usually that's how I get by when something is bugging me. If it's reallllly bad, I will keep getting bugged. If it's only a little bad, I won't even see it after awhile. Try my way then adjust if you have to.

  7. I vote no on te pokka dots. I love your curtain the way they are and I'm sorry but I have to agree with all of the ladies that posted before me. If the length bothers you in a few weeks could you lower the curian rod. Save the poka dot material for another one of your creative projects.
    P.S. I love reading about your projects. One day I going to get my slacker bootie in gear and let the little crafty girl in my heart come out! day!

  8. i agree, the polka dots are just the wrong scale for that beautiful toile.. which i LOVE by the way! :D

  9. I say no to polka dots, I like them just like they are!

  10. ♪♫♫♪I love them just the way there are♪♫♫♪


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