These are my new curtains!  They are hanging in my dining room and they cover a set of doors that lead to our deck.  I wanted to create something that wasn’t too girly (for Mike’s sake) and that still looked stunning.  Mission accomplished.

My patternist at the studio lovingly assembled the panels for me.  The whole curtain is made with box pleats.  At the top they are tacked open and closed to create this diamond effect.  When the sun shines through it is amazing.

In between the white linen panels are colourful strips of fabric from Thailand and Africa.

They took four days to make.  The process was interesting as we had to do a lot of calculations and planning before we started.  Most curtains are 1 1/2 to 2 times wider than the space they cover, but these ones had to be exact.  All the volume already exists in the design and they did not need extra undulations.  The box pleat back in the coloured fabric is two times wider than the white panels and contains two pin tuck stitches running lengthwise ensuring they always fold into the perfect pleat.  The white panels run the length of the curtain, but the coloured ones are patched so that the diamonds are warm tones of reds and yellows alternating and the long panels are greens and plums and blues.  I had initially made the curtains to narrow and to short which is why they are now framed by wide bands of Thai fabric.  That was one of those happy accidents making them better than the original plan.

These curtains were inspired by a design I saw on a home decor website, but very quickly became a better version of the original.  Having materials with sentimental value from our travels really makes them special for me.  Not to mention, my living room looks much cosier and warmer.

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