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Old 01-29-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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Show me your curtains in your vintage Airstream

Looking for some ideas for our curtains! Post some pics of your curtain please!!
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:06 PM   #2
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Not original...PO made them. 63 22' Safari.

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Old 01-29-2012, 01:53 PM   #3
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I had my curtains custom made last year. I decided to keep them more plain in case I choose to change the decor later.

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Old 01-29-2012, 02:09 PM   #4
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My DW sewed some sheers to go over the standard AS curtains (new the year previous to our purchase of the TT) so that we could have the curtains open but still have a bit of privacy inside.

We had also bought new slip covers for the chairs (that convert to surprisingly comfortable single beds) that the PO had bought from Ikea.

The polka dots on the curtains were hand made and sewed onto the sheers, giving a bit of flair to otherwise plain white sheers.

I still like the look.



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Old 01-29-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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For our 66, my wife found these solid color curtains at a local store, cut and hemmed them to fit. It was inexpensive, they are pre-lined too.
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:46 PM   #6
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I am very proud of my wife's work. She made our curtains for our Globetrotter. Now that we have gotten another Airstream (Tradewind) I gotta get her motivated to make some for it as well.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:09 PM   #7
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Here are a couple photos of ours.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:21 PM   #8
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Hi--

I have a 1961--pretty close in period with your 1963. I posted a photo of how our trailer looked before we gutted it in 2005, with the curtains in it. I think as far as fabric is concerned, what you decide to get is largely a point of personal taste. However, there are a couple of things I learned in making my drapes.

First of all, traditionally, Airstreams of this period had single pleated curtains (something I didn't realize until after I'd made triple pleated curtains). So figure every four inches or so, there's a single inch-long pleat of material that sticks out. The pleats stay firm and in place by an approximately 4" wide header of interfacing (available in stores that sell home dec. fabric) that sits inside the top edge between the fashion fabric and the lining.

Second, it is really worth while getting blackout lining material. Yes, it is more expensive, but it makes the curtains last so much longer. I made these curtains in 2005 and only took them down recently when cleaning up the trailer to take it to Frank's Trailer Works a few months ago. There are no signs of UV damage and the curtains are as good as new. So--long term, well worth the bother and effort. By contrast, a friend who made curtains for her canned ham with fabric lining has had to replace them twice since (even though I used more delicate fashion cotton and she used sturdier barkcloth).

I blogged about these discoveries afterwards (as well as hardware issues I ran into). You can find this here.

I hope that helps!

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Old 02-02-2012, 09:46 PM   #9
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Our AS isn't quite vintage -1992 but I love our new curtains courtesy of Silver Threads. They are faux silk shantung.

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Old 02-03-2012, 04:21 AM   #10
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Suzee--those curtains are single pleat curtains, just like the original ones--sweet!
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:34 AM   #11
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From the 59

This is the front and side windows of our 59 Traveler, all of the windows are treated the same way.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:42 AM   #12
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From the 68

These are in the front of our 68 Sovereign.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:41 PM   #13
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we decided to go with the rte 66 theme.

the colors go well with the all aluminum insides of the AS
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:09 PM   #14
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my cousin made us these from regular curtains... they fit the bill for now
~hung in our 1968 22' Safari Land yacht & attatched w/orig/reproduction plastic curtain slides (hand sewn on)
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:13 PM   #15
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Our curtains...

Our trailer has a little bit more of the furniture in it now... but these were the pictures I had of the curtains.

The "blackout backing" has really been a life saver for us. They're nice for both blocking out the sun in the middle of the day and also for obnoxious street lights etc. at night.
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These are pics of the curtains/mini blinds that Deb designed, sewed and with a little sheetmetal work we assembled and installed on our 1965 Tradewind.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:25 AM   #17
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:02 AM   #18
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My wife made ours. They attached to the rail above and below. They have two panels. Hold the heat out in the summer and in during the winter.

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Suzee--those curtains are single pleat curtains, just like the original ones--sweet!
Thanks! Silver Threads did an amazing job on them!! I could have gone more modern, but I really liked the old school style!
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:34 PM   #20
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I used triple pleats in ours. We wanted better light screening and privacy than single pleats would offer. The fabric is fairly translucent when backlit. I got distracted by other projects, like the dinette, and haven't quite finished the curtain edges yet.

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