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Topic: Posh interlined eyelet curtains/something from my day job.  (Read 2297 times)
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« on: June 28, 2010 06:34:02 AM »

I've been posting on Crafster for quite a while now and I realized that I had never put up anything I have made for my work.
I did an apprenticeship as a seamstress making hand sewn soft furnishings, back when I was about 17 (which is longer ago than I'd like to admit  Tongue) and I've been sewing professionally on and off ever since.
I've just finished the living room curtains and window seat cushions for a newly converted apartment in Edinburgh's old Royal Infirmary buildings. The curtains are made from a Jacquard weave fabric (so already really thick), then interlined(lined with a thick blanket like material), Then lined with high quality cream cotton sateen lining. This makes them extremely thick, heavy and perfect draft excluders for period properties that can't be fitted with double glazing. It also means making them is a rather slow and skilled job. At the bottom of this picture you can see an off cut with the layers in place.

The client wanted eyelet headings, so I had to first stiffen the tops with buckram (can't use tape it would leave tram lines of stitching at the top which would make it look cheap), workout the placement then cut the holes and set each eyelet in place (there were nearly a hundred Undecided).

I'm soooooooooo glad this part of the job is done, my fingers hurt!

I also made window seat cushions for the same room.

These had to hinge in the middle because the central part of each window opens like a pair of doors.
Here they are folded up, you also get to see my lovely (if cramped) work space.

I've now got to get on and finish the roman blinds for the bedrooms, one of which is over 3 meters long!
I'll post action shots when I go and hang it all soon.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010 06:47:55 AM »

Wow those draperies look like they were horrendous to make!
I am in the exact same boat as you are.  Started out as an apprentice to a designer doing custom painting and sewing work [mostly draperies and cushions] and have been doing side jobs ever since. 

I don't know about you, but I was always amazed at how much clients spent on things like draperies. 
It was a little peak into a different world.

I love the sectioned cushion, its very clever.

It is just so stinkin' addictive!
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010 06:49:50 AM »

Wow these are amazing great job. I love the color choice too. Will really brighten up any room. Great work.

So many ideas so little time. Will I ever get them all done?
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2010 07:06:24 AM »

Wow, sounds like a tremendous effort! It was interesting to read about how they're put together. They look fantastic.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2010 08:19:46 PM »

Having lived in Edinburgh, many years ago.  I can confidently say, those are the best drapes ever!
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010 09:50:26 AM »

Wow! Impressive!

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