It’s very unlikely that you’ll see me on next season’s Project Runway, and even more unlikely that I’ll be invited for a guest segment on Martha Stewart – unless she does a segment on how NOT to sew.
See, it all started with that darn Smith + Noble curtain catalog. I’ve been waiting for years to order from it; eyeing all of the pretty swatches, dreaming of what color palette I’d choose for each room. So just as soon as our offer was accepted, I began measuring every window and dreaming of my new roman shades. Yea…
I entered the bedroom dimension on the online site, chose my fabric and it had to be an error right!? $750 for one simple roman shade on just a regular ‘ol sized window!? Sigh. Plan B. I went to another site and chose a fabric that was nice enough but not absolutely dreamy like the one before. I got the price down closer to $350. Bleh. Not so bad but when you have a whole house full of windows, it adds up fast.
So with the helpful recommendation of my friend Kristin, I embarked on Plan C. Make my own cafe curtains. They’re simple and they don’t glide up and down, but I went from $750 to a grand total of $20 for this window treatment; sale fabric and rod. Of course the steep discount came at a price. I spent about 15 minutes trying to thread my needle with dim light and 42 year old eyes, was unsuccessful in making my bobbin so I had to use different thread that sort of matched and then I carefully pinned the entire thing only to realize I did it wrong side out. Redo. By the end, I was dreaming of putting $750 on a credit card. But it’s done, it works, and I’m happy with it.