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Old 03-14-2003, 12:44 PM   #1
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Curtain Pattern for '62 Bambi

Hi All:

Marshall here. I've found someone to make curtains for me. I've received a reasonable quote from Jim Abrose, but he suggests since it is a simple pattern, I should have any local seamstress undertake the job for a lot less.

Well, does anyone know where I could get a pattern for these curtains online? I guess I would just need one. Any assistance is highly appreciated. This forum has been a Godsend.

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Old 03-14-2003, 02:10 PM   #2
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Curtain Pattern

Hi Marshall
You should not actually need a pattern for curtains since they
are basically rectangles with pleats. Any seamstress should be able to make them knowing the measurements of the area you want to cover. You may try calling a few and asking them. They should also see pictures of what you want them to look like.
The typical ones are called pinch pleated draperies. Good luck.
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Thank you, Heidi!

I think this will be easier and cheaper than I anticipated! I really appreciate the information. I didn't think it would be so easy.

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Marshall...I made my own. Here's a link to our webpage that shows the hooks & tape I used. Maybe it'll help...

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Thank you, Heidi!

I think this will be easier and cheaper than I anticipated! I really appreciate the information. I didn't think it would be so easy.

Marshall
You could pick up a $20 garage sale sewing maching and make them pretty easy. I'm not a talented guy when it comes to this sort of thing but I know I could do it and I plan to do it infact.
You can pick up the hardware at many home stores and some cloth stores.
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Thumbs up hand made curtains

hi marshall.
me and my father made the curtains for my 1966 overlander
it took us 3 hours to do it and the cost was $37.00.
if you take alook at my photos in the members photo page you can see the curtains it is not that hard.
the material i got at wal-mart.
good luck and have fun.
here is a pic of the curtains
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Thank you for your reply! Yes, this curtain thing is going to be a lot cheaper and easier than I expected! Now I just have to figure out what I really want.

I was at IKEA today and saw some great roman shades that would look great, but I have to measure the windows. Remember, my Bambi doesn't even arrive from Texas until this Thursday. My cart is definitely ahead of my horse here.

But I saw these great silver louvers that looked really hot and retro also. They would be fun. But when all is said and done, having my friend the seamstress sew up fabric from the fabric store will be the most economical and maybe the best choice yet. I appreciate your pics. VERY NICE.
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Okay, Shari:

You win. I've chosen your design, taken it to my friend and she thinks it's the best design so far.

Keep your fingers crossed for us. Now it's down to fabrics and colors. Maybe this is the fun part. Thank SO much for your help.

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My mistake, not Shari but Insideout! My bad.
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Marshall ~ I answer to either...no problem! Good luck on your new curtains...if you need any help, let me know.

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Thanks Shari:

When you say "train the pleats" does that mean press them?

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No, I wouldn't suggest ironing the pleats in...they won't, hang right. I just spray-misted them with water and stacked them in the open position, arranging the pleats neatly. I then tied them loosely in place to dry. Be sure you don't use anything that would bleed color onto the drapes, white string or ribbon works great.

My fabric is pretty thick, it's actually a medium weight crepe upholstery fabric. With the lining included, they were a bit stubborn...depending on the fabric you select, this may not be an issue for you.

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Thanks Shari:

I understand. Yes, I'm going for the same weight curtains. Did you reupholster also? My friend doing the curtains swears he can do the cushions as well. Would you allow someone to do that or would you have it done professionally?

I'm taking a couple of designers with my to pick out fabric for both. Since I'm getting only a 16' Bambi, it all needs to be light and bright, but solid and substantial. Maybe something quassi retro. Turquoise?

Lastly, I'm replacing the ugly brown carpet with cork tile and a sisel runner, which will be really cosy. Projects projects projects. I can hardly wait to get started.

Thanks so much for your help.

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I could have done it...but, I chose not too!

We had our foam replaced as well as the upholstery, both done professionally. Our cushions are angled and hinged to make into the gaucho/bed and looked too tricky for me to tackle.

My upholstery fabric (it's quassi retro and Turquoise ) was pretty expensive and I didn't want to risk making an costly mistake. Also, although my machine could stitch through the fabric, I thought it might put too much stress on it.

You may want to check out our website (click "www" button below) for the full story. Look under "During"...then "Cushions".

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