Saturday, February 5, 2011

Big Bird Curtains

I spend 40 hours a week in an office with no windows. My overworked eyes and migraine-prone skull crave natural sunlight on a daily basis. Luckily, we have an unusually large window in our living room, like 52" x 95" large. It is wonderful to have that much light coming into our apartment. But unluckily, since we live on the first floor we rarely have the blinds open and almost never benefit from the available sunlight. I finally made the decision to sew together some sheer curtains to provide some privacy while still allowing the beautiful natural light shine through.

I intended to use the lace above, however the height of the fabric was nowhere near tall enough for our special window. So, I went shopping! I bought a beautiful light yellow cotton which is sheer enough that light shines through, but opaque enough that no one would be able to see in.

Of course, this fabric did not instantly fit the dimensions of the window either; however since it has no pattern I could attach three panels together to create a larger, single window curtain panel. Do this process twice, add some hems and a loop at the top, and...

...ta-da! curtains! I'm not thrilled with the curtain rod, mostly because it's not the one I ordered. This one has clear glass orbs at the ends of the rod, the orbs on the rod I ordered were a dark metal like the rest of the piece. Oh well, I didn't feel like waiting for a new one in the mail so I just kept what I got.

This picture was taken a night; during the day the light looks beautiful.

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