Sunday, August 17, 2008

adventures in sewing!


The previous green curtains were atrocious! We found a discount fabric store and searched for bargains. We found too many fabrics we wanted but let the budget make the final decision.

For $3.oo a yard, #5 loved this crinkly semi sheer, at 52 wide, it was a deal and a half! We decided that if we placed the fabric on the horizon rather than it's intended vertical we could get away with about 1/3 the fabric! Too add length and interest she picked out another piece of lightweight, but darker and with a bit of texture fabric at $4.99 per yard. One yard was all we needed. The base fabric is a deep brown with black circles randomly placed all over...really cool!

She wanted to tie the curtains up with pearls, chains, ribbons and whatever else she could find, so I added button holes to the top. Clipped to the cafe rings and between she and the best friend they looked so much better than what she had before. Also, even with the semi sheer weight, they are opaque enough to provide much needed privacy from the neighbors!

Just a reminder of the loveliness that was their love seat! E-gads! We shopped Craigs list and couldn't find a sofa any cleaner or the appropriate size...well actually we did, but the $50.00 they wanted for it was ridiculous! We found a second sofa, but it was in another city, weighed about 345 lbs. and in addition to the $15.00 price tag they wanted another $20.00 for delivery. um no.

So while we were at the fabric store we found a mushroom gray upholstery fabric for (get this!) $2.00 a yard! For $20, we had a nearly new piece of furniture! Can you believe it's the same couch? The small rug was a miracle find at $10.00 and with the exact mushroom, brown and beige we needed! Whoo hoo!
So there you have it. The 5 day transformation!


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9 comments:

chronicler said...

So all totaled how much was the transformation? It looks great and wow their neighbors are going to be jealous!

Rynell said...

Looks great! What an improvement! She's lucky to have a mama help her out with these things....
I just love before/after pictures. ;)

S'mee said...

chronicler...$2.8 million...hehe, I'm not really sure, but I'll think about it and make a tab.

rynell, thanks, it actually looked so much better in real life, just getting rid of the airport couch helped!

Alison Wonderland said...

Awesome. Seriously, can you come over? I'm not nearly that creative.

melissa c said...

How creative! It looks great!

LeaAnne said...

It looks great! I am sure the gals are really excited about how posh their place is! Is that the friends painting on the wall by the light switch?? I am interested to know how many people pick up the bowling bag as they walk out the door.. :) It is just great!! I am sure your #5 feels proud of the place and that she has such a great MOM! Good going!

S'mee said...

Alison, I would love to come over!

Thanks Mel! With the limited budget and restrictions in the house we HAD to be creative.

LeaAnne, thanks, and yup all the art went up, that one by the door! It was funny, one of the guy friends came over the night this was all finished, saw the bowling ball, bag and shoes and suggested they all go bowling! She brought the ball, but left all else home!

Geek+Nerd said...

Nice work! I especially love the curtains!

S'mee said...

Thanks so much G+N! : )