Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Dining Room {Drapery}

 The Dining Room has officially been "draped"!
Can I get a Hallelujah?!?

If you knew the story, you might just sing 
the Hallelujah Chorus along with me.

 This big, arched and gorgeous window has been waiting for
eight long years to be dressed.
 (I like to make my own curtains, which is part of the problem)
Thank heavens there was only ONE window in the Dining Room.
If you like my embellished candle sconces that plank the window,
check out how I made them HERE.
In my own defense, I just had a very difficult time finding the "right" fabric. I didn't look for fabric for all those 8 years, but I had my fabric radar on. And did I mention I'm a bargain hunter, 
so the fabric had to be at a good price.
I had seen some lovely and unusual open weave fabrics, but they were pricey. When I saw this open weave sheer fabric at a discount fabric store, I knew it would be perfect. 
I'm a little particular about my sheers!

I decided on a double-pinch pleat for the sheers and attached them with pin-on curtain hooks to wooden rings on a wooden rod 
(all from Lowe's). 
The dining room was painted this summer with my own in-house teen labor, so I was motivated to finish out this room. At the same fabric store, I found this lovely patterned fabric. It reminds me of a damask, which I adore, and was the perfect color.
The curtain panels were gathered with 2 rows of nylon cord that I zig-zagged over with my sewing machine. I pulled the cords to gather the fabric and then knotted the cords at 32" wide. 

 I allowed for a 4" header above the cordline to be folded over, like a big ruffle. I inserted the curtain pin-on hooks evenly along the cording in the back and hooked them through the eyelet on the wooden rings.
The sheers and curtain panels skim the floor. After some deliberating on puddling the panels, I hemmed them as planned. 
I am a fan of both looks, though.
It's amazing what drapes can do for a room!
The Dining Room feels "dressed" now.

Stay tuned. This room will soon be decorated for Christmas and I can't wait to show you what I've been working on.


  1. I love this Janis!!!! Pinch pleats are my favorite and the pattern is perfect! Can't wait to see it done up for the holidays!~~Angela

    1. Awwww, you have blessed me with your sweet comment, Angela! Thank you so much!!

  2. They turned out so pretty! I remember you showing me the fabric back in June :) I love your house.

  3. Oh my gosh... LOVE them! Not a big fan of sheers, but these are fabulous! Well done!!

  4. They look wonderful, congrats on the room getting dressed!

  5. The drapes and sheers are perfect for that room. It totally impresses me when someone can make their own!!

  6. Oh my goodness. You do beautiful work. Great choices on the fabric too!


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