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Old 11-23-2007, 06:48 PM   #1
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Different curtain design???

I've searched for a long time and can't seem to find an answer to the question.."is there a reason to not use just regular curtains instead of the pleated ones in an AS??" I know I've seen pictures that made them really individual but before we start something, I'd like to ask for opinions on the topic! Thanks again.... Pictures would really help.

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Old 11-23-2007, 07:19 PM   #2
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Hi Phil and Edee,
Fun topic, I can't wait to see the responses and photos that come your way.

I'll start you off though....we picked up our '64 Tradewind in April. It had custom curtains sewn by the PO. They were beige and had seen better days. I threw them in the wash in an effort to hopefully salvage them until I could save the $$ to order new curtains. Well, they didn't make it out of the wash in one piece, sad to say. So, I got creative. I purchased two different, complementary patterns of upholstery fabric. After measuring 982 times (and I still mismeasured one window), I cut the material to fit, finished the edges using stich witchery and put grommets across the top. I then purchased loose ring binders (at your local office supply store) and attached the curtains to the original curtain carriers using the ring binders. They work like a charm and all said, I spent a little over $80 on 9 sets of curtains in the Tradewind. That included $20 for the grommet maker.

Sorry I don't have better photos, but these might give you an idea.
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Old 11-24-2007, 05:39 AM   #3
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I've searched for a long time and can't seem to find an answer to the question.."is there a reason to not use just regular curtains instead of the pleated ones in an AS??" I know I've seen pictures that made them really individual but before we start something, I'd like to ask for opinions on the topic! Thanks again.... Pictures would really help.

Thanks again!

Phil & Edee
Hi Phil & Edee;
Perhaps my plans will not shed much light on your problem, but I too, am not willing to sew in so many track clips. I am not going to reuse the tracks in my 26' Argosy which is under Ground-Up restoration. The first thing that I do not like about the original curtains is the large amount of space they take.
I plan to do a wrap around sofa from the entry door and around the front and all the way down to the Fridge. This way, two guests can sleep toe to toe or head to head pending on the individual preference. The removable back rest of the sofa will follow the curve of the front, therefore the amount of space occupied by curtains is critical to us. I have in SS stock hardened and thick wall 1/4" SS tubing from which I will form removable curtain rods, top and bottom. We have a Commercial Singer sewing machine and my wife Margaret Kay is quite handy with it. She has already chosen the scheme and purchased the curtain material. As of yet, I cannot provide any pics because we are not ready for it. In January she will be undergoing serious foot surgery and during the month of February when she has recovered partially, she will start on curtain project. She will be sewing in a double pocket in curtains for the SS curtain rods. Our intent is to make four sections of curtains because of the wrap around front window. Two half's for the center, and one each for the curved windows. The rods will extend few inches past the windows edge so that there is sufficient room to expose the view. I will make further reports once the project gets under way, including pics. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:18 AM   #4
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I'd like to see some pictures of both these projects. I would like some close up pictures since I can't quite decide what you're talking about. It sounds and/or looks great, but I need some close-ups. I want to change the curtains in my new Sovereign, and sewing all those little thingys on is depressing.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:18 AM   #5
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Wow!

This does sound like fun! We're on our way to the fabric store today to see what looks good. I have a denim cover on the sofa so I think I'll take that as a starting place.... maybe something with forest/lodge/cabin/cedar.. ??? theme.

It's a lot more comfortable with more people involved~

Project up!

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Old 11-24-2007, 08:53 AM   #6
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I dont understand why A/S felt the need to cover the entire wall with curtains myself. My husband says it is for insulation purposes, but personally, Im not to keen on it. The one thing I like about the older ones, is the smaller windows. In the 72 we had, the curtains covered the entire front with very little wall showing. In the Tradewind (66), the curtains just hang with only pleats at the top and use regular curtain hooks which saves a lot of sewing. I just finished a set for a lady who had an Argosy where she bought some curtains from sears and I just cut them down for her. That would be another option. Good luck with your project! I cant wait to see what you come up with.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:13 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input. I guess I assumed that the people who sewed A/S curtains just did the regulation kind. (And I used to tell my middle schoolers to "not assume anything" ) Do you hire on as a consultant?!!

Anyway we went looking today for fabric and came home with a couple of possibles. There wasn't anything that would promote the theme's I discussed... probably would be better to use something more subtle for curtains anyway and stick to accessories for the "theme". ?? I like the idea of ready-mades ... back to the drawing board! Now I really have a ton of questions..

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Old 11-24-2007, 08:21 PM   #8
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Hi Edee, check out this fabric website. He has some great prices and shipping! Be sure and look at the clearance section at the bottom.
Fabric Guru.com, Fabric, Discount Fabric, Upholstery Fabric, Drapery Fabric, Fabric Remnants, wholesale fabric, fabrics, fabricguru, fabricguru.com, Waverly, P. Kaufmann, Schumacher, Robert Allen, Bloomcraft, Laura Ashley, Kravet, Greeff.. The possibilities are endless. I will be glad to help any way I can.
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:38 AM   #9
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Found another fabric store online that has a lot of nature decor fabrics. I've sent for a few 1/2 yards just to see what they look like. I imagine since it's mediam or heavy weight cotton, it would have to be lined??? Here's the address: FAVORITE FABRICS: sewing / quilting fabrics online

We also found a simple woven check (think tiny gingham checks on steroids ) in a denim blue/cream. It's fairly firm and wouldn't need lining... I don't think. It would be a lot more subtle....

The search goes on!

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:03 PM   #10
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Here is what I did for our '53 Flying Cloud. I made completely sew-free curtains out of outdoor canvas. I found a great sale and spent about $35 for enough fabric to cover 7 windows. I used a product called Stich Witchery to "hem" the edges and then hung them on inexpensive rods using curtain clips.
The fabric is heavy enough that they hang really straight, and the clips make them super easy to open and close.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:44 PM   #11
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And the ideas roll on!

I have been developing an increasing fondness for plastic looped containers - such as the collapsable laundry bags and sun shields used for car windows. It's neat and handy to twist them up and store them very compactly. It gets very hot in summer around here so the reflective ones are super good to save your butt from hot leather upholstery! And they save the upholstry from UVA damage.

I wonder if you could find these things in appropriate sizes to fit windows... of an Airstream? The window operators should be enough to hold them in place I think. Hmmmmmm what's that smell, oh, just the brain overheating.

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:46 PM   #12
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I like your idea!... I'm a bit stumped with our wrap-around windows in front. Still working on that. I took one sample (well...several but one that I really thought we'd like ) over the the AS yesterday. Inside it didn't do what we'd thought it would. Now I'm wondering if I should be considering insulated drapery fabric??? It's a fun project but I have a heck of a time making up my mind. sigh At least I'm finding what we DON'T want

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Old 12-08-2007, 05:15 PM   #13
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Ok.... so here's the deal. We have a lot of blues in our decor. Denim as a couch cover, etc. And we're originally from northern MN. I found a fabric with a great "blueberry" design on it... heavy cotton.. would have to be lined... but!... If I did a long curtain on both sides of the "door" window.... a "wrap-around" cafe type curtain to cover the curved windows in front... and a long curtain on the other side... would that look ok??? With pine tree fabric on pillows????

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Hi Edee, do have a picture of the fabric/fabrics? Sounds like it could work.
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