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    Nihongo dame desu villanelle's Avatar
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    Fabric type help for curtains

    I found some fabric I love for the curtains I need for our new home. I've found someone who will sew them for me, including (removable) black out lining which one needs in the House of the Rising Sun. But the print is available in a zillion types and I'm pretty clueless. Can someone tell me what would be best for curtains? (I'd like them to be somewhat heavy so they have a nice drape.) Obviously if there's a cheaper option that would work well and look nice, that's better, but our house here is going to be such a shithole that I'm willing to spend some money to make it less awful.

    The choices:
    Knit
    Modern Jersey ($26.50/yd)
    Organic Cotton Knit ($27.00/yd)
    Minky ($27.00/yd)
    Fleece ($27.00/yd)

    Woven
    Basic Cotton Ultra ($17.50/yd)
    Satin ($18.00/yd)
    Kona® Cotton ($19.00/yd)
    Cotton Poplin Ultra ($20.00/yd)
    Poly Crepe de Chine ($23.00/yd)
    Silky Faille ($24.00/yd)
    Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra ($27.00/yd)
    Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra ($27.00/yd)
    Eco Canvas ($32.00/yd)
    Heavy Cotton Twill ($32.00/yd)
    Faux Suede ($34.00/yd)
    Silk Crepe de Chine ($38.00/yd)

    Performance
    Performance Piqué ($20.00/yd)
    Performance Knit ($24.00/yd)
    Sport Lycra ($32.00/yd)

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    I'm not going to opine until I see the fabric. ;)
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    Are they for short or long windows?

    I would not buy any of the knits or performance for curtains. Get a woven fabric for sure. Probably somewhere in the middle of the woven list. In addition to price, they seem to be listed from light to heavy (except for the crepe de chine). It kind of depends on how heavy you want them.

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    None of those seem like curtain fabric, honestly. You definitely don't want the knits - which will sag and hang funny - and the performance fabric won't be very curtain-like, either.

    A lot of the cotton sounds too light - I think kona cotton is a rather lightweight utility fabric.

    Drapery fabric is usually cotton or a cotton/poly blend, and it's wide, 75" to 90".

    Is it really going to be worth it to have custom curtains made, for a short term rental?
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    Nihongo dame desu villanelle's Avatar
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    I'd say I want them on the heavy side of medium, if that helps at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by RealCranky View Post
    None of those seem like curtain fabric, honestly. You definitely don't want the knits - which will sag and hang funny - and the performance fabric won't be very curtain-like, either.

    A lot of the cotton sounds too light - I think kona cotton is a rather lightweight utility fabric.

    Drapery fabric is usually cotton or a cotton/poly blend, and it's wide, 75" to 90".

    Is it really going to be worth it to have custom curtains made, for a short term rental?
    It's 2.5 years, but yes, it is worth it. My home looks like a minimum security prison. I need to make the place less drab and institutional and depressing any way I can. I'll move the curtains and likely have them hemmed or have trim added in the next house in order to make them work. When you move enough, you get good at that sort of thing.

    I'm still deciding where I'd put it, but I'll likely have them made to reach the floor even if they are going on window.

    And I didn't post the fabric because I know people here will be appalled. It took a good deal of cashing-in on points to get DH to agree. I wanted something in all my favorite colors, and that made me smile. So...









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    Those are Mer-tains.

    For the record I like that fabric.

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    How big is the print? I think it's really cute, and can totally see it working in a plain setting. As long as the print isn't so big it looks like a kid's room.

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    I think the butt of the unicorn is about 2 inches wide. I do wish it was slightly smaller, but I think it's an okay size.

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    That fabric is amazing! I love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by villanelle View Post
    I think the butt of the unicorn is about 2 inches wide. I do wish it was slightly smaller, but I think it's an okay size.
    Oh okay - I was thinking giant cartoon prints where the figures are 2 feet tall or whatever. .

    I think your print is neat, and different.

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