I really hate sewing curtains – especially large curtains – especially large lined curtains.
I could have them made up professionally but the people who did my mother–in-law's curtains reversed the fabric so each curtain has the pattern going up one half and down the other half.
So I am a little nervous about getting a "professional" to do them.
Also I want the pattern to line up exactly where it joins.
Yes. I know it makes more work.
Yes. I am fussy about these things
The first curtains I did for our living room I did properly. The lining was sewn down the sides of the curtains and tacked in place at intervals all down the inside. It took ages to get the pattern to match at the seams and also because I needed to use the whole floor to lay the curtains out and get them straight with the linings.
After they had been up for a year or so I discovered that, even when the curtains are drawn back, there is enough sunlight catching the edges to rot the fabric. As you can see they just ripped.
I needed to replace them – at least the lining - but I really did not want to go through the whole process again. But if I don't line the curtains then the curtain fabric will rot.
So what I really needed was an easily replaceable lining. I thought of just tacking it in loosely at the top but with large curtains the lining would be too heavy and the stitches would likely fail fairly soon.The solution
I was able to buy 10 metres of hook and eye fabric – in a pale lilac which doesn't match anything but it doesn't show so it doesn't matter ( I'm not that fussy
I attached one side to the top of the curtain and one to the top of the lining and it has turned out fine. The lining edges only need to be loosely tacked to the edges of the curtains and they hang perfectly well.
When the lining rots I can pull out the tacking down the sides and unhook the hook and eye tape. The tape will still be fine and I can use it for a new lining. At least that is the plan.