Monday, November 24, 2014

From the Weekend: The Shade

Finally, after 12 days, 12 days (and I worked on this shade every single one of them) it is done. From the mistake in my instruction book concerning measurements, (at least, I think it was wrong--I sewed and ripped out the side seams three times) to not buying enough shade tape, to pulling out all my handstitching, to repurchasing the cording, to hanging this and braiding the cord while the shade was fully up, I made every single possible mistake there was to make.

And I have the other one yet to do.

In happier news, you will notice I'm trying out "Elgin Grey" by Ralph Lauren there in the corner. Our testers finally came in.


Marian said...

Roman blinds have got to be the most finicky bits of sewing EVER! Everything's got to be lined up so precisely, and side seams must be perfectly straight ... I've sewn a few of them over the years, and can totally feel your pain ;) The one you have up does look beautiful though, so it's all worth it in the end! I love the pattern, and the grey paint coordinates very nicely :)

Anonymous said...

I love the new shade! It will look awesome in there! The new light fixture will look good with it too, no clashing of stripes and prints. (or is that possible any more?) Are you painting the chairs black or is that the others you had around the house?
Gina in Chatt, TN

Alana in Canada said...

Thank you, Marian. I had no idea what I was getting into! I have confirmed the instructions are indeed wrong--I just sewed the side seams of the new shades last night according to them. Ever do something you know is wrong--just to confirm it?

Gina--those are the black chairs I mentioned that are "from around the house." Yes, I didn't like the thought of those stripes in that shade against this pattern, either.

thefarmersdaughter said...

The fabric on that shade is beautiful. I haven't been able to talk myself into trying to make roman shades- they seem so hard. I'll stick with buying them I think! That grey color seems very nice on my computer screen.... do you like it in person?

Alana in Canada said...

I love it in person--but then I always fall in love with a new colour--if I like it at all.

The second roman shade is going very well. Not scary at all.

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