|New Shower Curtain for the updated bathroom|
I've had the fabric since July when we finished stage one of the redo, but have procrastinated and pushed other projects in front of this one. Why?
- I am not a huge fan of home-dec sewing - too much fabric dragging around and all straight lines
- There was some pattern matching to do here...
- I guessed on yardage when I bought this fabric and so I was a bit worried that I wouldn't have enough...I don't recommend this method for buying fabric!
- There were soooo many more interesting projects to do!
So addressing these procrastinations one-by-one...
- Once I get into a home-dec project I don't hate it so much. I mean it is all straight line, on-grain sewing with - usually - a cotton blend so everything lines up and presses perfectly with little effort. And man...when you are done and hang that puppy up...Instant gratification!
- I thunk and thunk and thunk about the best way to get a perfect pattern match I came up with about half the idea and then found the rest of it on Sew4Home. More on that below...
- Let's pretend that I actually calculated yardage cuz I had just the right amount to get the right width, match patterns and had a nice chunk left from the middle to make another project. :-)
Here is a quick run-down of how I got that pattern to match perfectly at the seam:
- Cut your center panel the exact measurement that you want it with 1/2 inch seam allowances on seams where you will match patterns.
- Press your seam allowance under exactly 1/2 inch. Apply Steam-A-Seam Light to the right side of your seam allowance. Steam-A-Seam is a fusible web that comes on a roll (mine was 1/2 inch wide). It is tacky so that you can apply it and it will temporarily stick and then you press it for a permanent bond.
|The center panel is on top with the seam allowance pressed back 1/2 inch. See the Steam-A-Seam?|
- Next you lay the center panel on top of the fabric panel you are trying to match and match the patterns exactly. The Steam-A-Seam is tacky so it will stick together, but not enough to carry it to the ironing board, so I also pinned to make sure things would not shift.
|See how easy it is to line up!|
- Take it to the ironing board and press it down to fuse.
- Then trim the matching fabric's seam allowance to 1/2 inch to match your main panel.
|Trim the seam to 1/2 inch to match the main fabric panel|
- Now take it to the sewing machine and use the crease on your main panel and the 1/2 seam guide to sew a perfectly matching seam!
4. Finally, Home-dec sewing really isn't so bad! The thinking about all that math and fabric all over is much worse than the actual process.
After all is said and done, a few hours work and a perfect finishing touch for the bathroom! Now I need to stop thinking about the roman blinds I've been thinking about for like the past 6 years and just do it!