Suzi’s decorating a new one-bedroom home and has been sharing her ideas & inspirations (& many fails… ahem) throughout the process. Read her blog posts on this: Suzi’s House Project.
I sewed my first buttonhole! When I pulled my cloth out of my sewing machine, I was so amazed to see the buttonhole etchings appear that I ran downstairs with the scrap of cloth and pranced around where Charlie was cooking some mushroom ravioli.
The handy ole sewing machine sewed the whole buttonhole in a matter of 10 seconds. Thanks goes to some great tutorials by Sew Mama Sew and Sew4Home.
Look at all the bloopers on this swatch of muslin. Oops. The machine sometimes went berserk and started doing its own thing… hence some of the random little knot balls.
The reason why I am suddenly desperate to know if I could learn to sew buttonholes quickly is that I’ve been shopping around for drapes for my new home! The place has four pretty white French doors along one wall and curving around an adjacent wall, so while there’s a lot of sunlight, we’re going to need tall drapes to muffle the cold in the winter and block out the big bad sun in the summer.
While surfing Pinterest and Etsy for drapes inspiration, I was thinking how awesome it would be to make my own instead of buying them from a store. These below are some Eileen Fisher linen curtains that will be the general inspiration. I love the natural, organic look of the fabric! It’s very sheer and whimsical. And the little rope ties give off a nice homey, raw, and unfinished country feel. I think this particular aesthetic will be especially nice in the spring when we can throw open the French doors and let the curtains hang over the open doorway. They’ll billow lightly with the breeze! Sigh…
To be honest I’m feeling a little daunted about trying to DIY this. I’m afraid if I buy all this high-end linen and it’s all a royal fail… what a waste of time, and it would be kind of deflating. I also wonder if the drape panels will be huge and unmanageable at my little sewing table! I’ll get so frustrated and bark at everyone around me in my distress. I thought about just throwing in the towel, ordering these, having them installed and being done with it. As it turns out, though, Eileen Fisher only sells these curtains in 72″ lengths… our doors are 102″ from the floor to the top of the moulding. Each curtain is also exorbitantly expensive if I needed enough to cover 4 double-doors. So in a strange kind of relief, I have no choice but to try to make them. Alas… more to come on this I suppose.