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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hi There, Meet Psycho

So after debating, getting samples, contemplating, changing our mind and then changing it again, going to get the material we wanted only to realize there was not enough, doing musical fabric and moving curtains from room to room I can now say about two weeks ago I finally purchased my last bolt of fabric. With the material purchased and our decisions set in stone as it were I was finally able to start cutting. I follow one basic rule with cutting fabric, measure three times and then remeasure and then ONLY when I am sure do I cut.

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AT THE FABRIC STORE, THIS IS THE FABRIC WE PICKED FOR THE MASTER BEDROOM

I have sewn my own curtains before but that was only for two rooms and it was for two rooms that already had something on the windows. It wasn’t like there was a super big hurry, I could take my time. In this house however not having ANYTHING on the windows is pretty strange also it is contributing to the whole echoing this house is so empty feel. Nothing like trying to sew a billion curtains speed style.

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I LAID OUT ALL THE FABRIC IN THE LONG HALLWAY TO MAKE IT EASEIR TO CUT

I took the 14 bolts of cloth and start cutting, sometimes Ms. Sweetie popped by to help and sometimes Mrs. Dancer would help. But then when I hung the raw cloth to test it on a window I decided the cloth didn’t look thick enough and I went back to the store to DOUBLE the amount of fabric I had. I almost cried with that decision you know. Standing there looking at the sad too stretched out fabric debating with myself if I could just live with it because to make the curtains fuller I would have to do twice the amount of work. But you know what they say; A job well done is the only way to do a job (or some crap like that).

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MRS. DANCER TRYING TO CUT A STRAIGHT LINE

So I went back to the store bought more fabric and then proceeded to keep cutting. And I know what you are thinking, it isn’t that hard right? Well it is hard for many reasons. One is that this material does not have dotted lines of where you need to cut the material. You have to try your hardest to make the line you cut straight, because if you mess up you are screwed! Not only do you mess up the panel you need to sew but you mess up the panel after that that you cut and the one after that. Each step, the measuring, cutting, ironing, pining, sewing, all cascades into the next. Make a mistake in the beginning of the process and you may as well give up. Aside from the difficulty of getting a straight line, I need 62 panels of fabric for all the windows in the house and because I am a masochist I am lining all of those panels with black out fabric. That leaves me with a grand total of 124 panels. A part of my heart shriveled up and died as I typed that.

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ONE OF THE FABRICS HAD LINES ON THE BACK, IMAGINE MY GLEE

Yes I know I did this to myself, I know I could have gone the easier route and just purchased premade curtains. But you see as well as a masochist I am a perfectionist. Crazy meet insane; I think you would be perfect together.

So I managed to cut almost all the panels with Mrs. Dancer but at 7 she had to leave. Instead of leaving the rest for another day I decided to muscle through and keep cutting, even though we had already worked for 7 hours. I also decided to pour a rather large glass of wine. Can I just tell you what a rather horrible idea that was. Crazy and insane... they hooked up and had a monster... meet psycho. Somewhere in the next three hours I did manage to almost finish however after I texted this oh so flattering photo to Mrs. Dancer she, like the good friend she is, encouraged me to put down the scissors and step away from the fabric.

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The next day, sober, I finished cutting the last of the material. The first step was complete, each room sat out in neat little piles in my new craft room just waiting for the next step. I have to say that although I am a little worried about ever finishing these curtains those neat little orderly piles of material all perfectly cut to the right size for the windows made me HAPPY.

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: YELLOW AND GREY – COMPUTER ROOM, BLUE AND TAN – FORMAL LIVING ROOM, MIDDLE GOLD – GUEST ROOM, BLACK AND GREY SNOWFLAKE – EXERCISE ROOM, RIGHT GOLD – MASTER BEDROOM, TAUPE GREY - FAMILY ROOM

Mrs. Dancer helped me with the first set of curtains in the computer room, we finished almost half of the eight panels that need to be sewn and she is coming back over tomorrow to finish... isn’t she the bestest!!! I cannot wait to have one whole room complete and ready to show you! Wish us LUCK, I could really use some.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Luck! I cannot wait to see the finished product. You are amazing! I would never in a million years be able to do this!

lilmansworld said...

I do not have any sort of patience for fabric. Must be the artist and end result in you :)

paul peggy zeus said...

That's a ton of piles! I love how organized you are. It's so cute of you to cut ALL the material instead of just working on one at a time. I love you!!

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