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Old 12-29-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Making Curtains.....Help!

So I have decided to tackle making some new curtains for the Trillium. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how much fabric I will need to do a complete set of curtains. Also any tips would be appreciated!!! Thanks
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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When I made mine, I measured the length of each window and made the curtain 1 1/2 to 2 times
the width depending on the material used.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #3
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1 1/2 x each window will give you gentle fullness. Also add 2" on each side for the side hems. If you just want to be able to gather them on a rod top and bottom, then you should allow enough length for the 'pocket' (top and bottom)as well as 1/2" for folding under the raw edge.
If you already have curtains in the trillium, you have ready-made templates to figure sizes and material amounts. You can simply measure them (taking into account the size of hems, etc)
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Great! Thanks for the advice. I am going to order my retro fabric tomorrow. I'll post some pics when completed.
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Retro fabric will look so very cool! Definitely post photos!
Also, my personal preference is to not try to match everything. I have one pattern around my dinette/back bed area, and another complementary fabric for the front window and door.
Sometimes the fabric websites will show other fabric color and pattern selections that will complement each other.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:08 PM   #6
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I'd line them- I used muslin on the outside, so that if the sun shines a lot on the windows the curtains don't bleach out. If you want them to make the trailer dark, you'd need a heavier liner.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:21 PM   #7
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Clayton, everyone has given you great advice. If it were my curtains, my first question would be what do I want the curtains to look like? Do you want a gathered look or a more tailored, flat look like the ones that come in a Scamp? How do you want them to open and close? For your side windows over your bed/table area, do you want 2 panels or just 1 panel that pulls to one side? Before you decide how much fabric you need you need to decide how you want them to look.
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Normally curtain material is measured 2 to 2 1/2 times the width of the widow if you are not wanting them to look completely stretched out when closed. As Shirley suggest its all a matter of what you wish them to look like when closed.

I have done two sets of curtains for my trailer. The first time I used a fairly heavy material and didn't line them. The more current ones are lined with a curtain liner that has a little bit of plastic film on the window side. It works well at keeping out light but it also stops the curtains from sucking up moisture from the windows and makes the currents a little heavier so they hang neatly open or closed.
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Retro fabric will look so very cool!
Just asking. What did retro fabric look like in the 1950s?
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I lined my curtains so they are reversible...plain on one side, striped on other. Works good.
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Clayton, We were at a Scamp Camp and a Scamper suggested using the original white/tan curtains as a backing for the new curtains. It eased the task, provided a defined model and resulted in thicker curtains. Ginny had material left over and made a matching pillow.

We used a small flowered pattern that faces inward and brightens the interior.
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Wow, thanks for all the great ideas and suggestions. I'm excited to start my little project!!!
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I agree with all of the suggestions made, especially the need for lining. Without a lining, sun exposure will bleach out the colors of your retro fabric. After finding the perfect fabric, you don't want to have to do this all over again in a year or so when all the colors have faded.

The one thing that I would add is to make sure that the fabric and the lining have the same washing/drying care instructions. For example, lining your curtains with a shower curtain might eliminate putting them in a dryer. That would leave you with wrinkled fabric that would need ironing to look decent again. I hate ironing, especially a large volume like curtains. So, be careful to choose a compatible lining fabric for your curtains.

Good luck with your project and I look forward to some pix when it is complete.
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Rosemary.....

Ironing, we ditched the iron when we took up RVing. It's the wrinkled look for us.

As we age, that includes our faces....
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