Three weeks ago, my fiancé and I eighty-sixed our roommate. I previously lived alone for quite some time, and was a huge proponent of not wearing pants. Needless to say, wearing pants took some getting used to when I moved home from China and into my then boyfriend’s home with a roommate that I wasn’t comfortable being pantless around.
As soon as we had the place to ourselves I could roam without my britches, until I realized that the kitchen window was now standing in the way of my free-range happiness. This had to be remedied as quickly as possible. I needed a curtain.
My decorating style is Jonathan Adler meets Evel Knievel. Modern, minimal, pops of color there, a tough edge here. I wanted blue chevron stripes to complement my orange kitchen walls and keep my Underoos undercover. My go-to places, Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond failed me as I suspected they might and I began scouring the Internet, unsuccessfully, for my blue chevron dream curtains.
Never one to give up on a brilliant idea, I looked at a couple of tutorials on making chevron patterns from regular striped fabric and decided I could make my own damn curtains. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. I love the Internet. Off I went to meet destiny at the wonderfully retro Textile Discount Outlet and what followed, I’ve translated into my instructions for you.
What you need:
• Striped Fabric of Your Choice.
For a 36”x40” curtain with three panels I used 2 yards of a stiff poly-blend. I liked the stiff material because flounce and frill are just not in our home design aesthetic and I wanted the curtains to stay put.
• Scissors, Thread, Sewing machine
• Measuring Device (a T-square would be useful for getting the angles nice and precise, but I just used placemats from my dining room table)
• “Ok, I’m tired of sewing” Iron-on Hem Tape
What you do:
1. Decide what angle you would like your chevron to be on. Do you want your V's to be wide or narrow?I just took the bottom left corner of my fabric and folded it up to the top to make a triangle, like the first step of those awesome elementary school fortune tellers.
2. Trace the diagonal so that you can use it as a guide for cutting your panels.
3. Turn your big piece of fabric so that the stripes were horizontal in order to lay out my actual panel template. At least that was easier for my eyeballs.
4. If you have something like a placemat to help see what's going to happen, use it! This part felt like a seeing-eye torture device stabbing my brain and it helped to have a visual aid.
5. Measure around your visual aid according to your own needs. My panels were about 3 inches wider than the mats on either side when considering my seam allowances. I left 2 inches at the bottom to fold over and sew my seams. On the inside seams I only left about a quarter inch. For the outside vertical seams, I used iron-on seam tape, which is aboout a half inch wide, so I left an inch on either side for those hems.
6. Cut out your panels.
7. Line ‘em up. 8. Sew! (and use iron-on seam tape when/where you are tired of sewing) 9. Hang ‘em up! I went to BB&B for my brushed nickel drapery rod and cute clippy curtain rings for that café feel and swishing sound when you open them up to let the sun in. After you’ve put pants on, of course. 10. Pat yourself on the back. My fiancé obviously appreciates that I covered up the window in order to wear less clothing and ShopCat likes that I repeated the zigzag theme of the pillow in her vintage suitcase cat bed that I made (another DIY post?). Thanks! Have fun! I hope you try this!