Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rustling Silk Pleats...

Silk taffeta is one of my favorite fabrics for drapes, but it can be pricey...up to $100.00 a yard! When I spotted this white, heavy ribbed silk taffeta at an absolute STEAL,  I grabbed a bolt and bolted for the cutting table! I've wanted pleated edging on drapes for years, but dreaded the cost and labor-intensive-ness (is this a word?). This bedroom has one window, so no big deal. Also found this super-sheer silk organza (4th photo) so we can clearly watch the sunset, snow fall or stars sparkle! Six yards of heavy taffeta at $7.00 a yard -- Shhhh, don't tell this backwoods store.  Three yards of embroidered silk organza at $7.00 a yard! The window's a north exposure, so I didn't line them. Anyone else think the *swish-sound of taffeta* is uber-feminine-sexy-romantic? Photo 5: I wanted an *old tin look* on the cornice with the old plaster look walls, so I used superfresco tin wallpaper and distressed it to look a little rusted.
I used extra wide bias tape where the pleat was sewn to the drape because silk taffeta ravels...badly!




29 comments:

sissie said...

Hi Janean,
You really did get a bargain on the fabric! I love your draperies and the pleat just makes them look wonderful!
Love your gorgeous soft white bedroom.

hugs
Sissie

It's me said...

Wowwwwwwwwww....beautiful curtains darling......happy lovely sunday...........love love love Ria....

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Janean, it looks gorgeous. Home and Living magazines should be beating down your door to do a photo shoot!

Pondside said...

Mmmm - silk=luxury to me. You were lucky to find such a good buy!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Wow, they look amazing. The whole room is very appealing.

FairfieldHouse said...

Janean,

These 'look marrrvahlous dahling, simply marrrvahlous.' Your white room is exquisite sophistication. The pleated silk taffeta, the embroidered silk organza, the detailing on the cornice -- perfection.

Your Friend,
Deborah

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Magazine worthy for sure! You are creative and talented. The curtains are fab and your whole bedroom looks dreamy romantic.

Rita said...

Wow, what a bargin you got. I would never have thought of putting pleats at the bottom of the drapes. Kool! Janean, you are so creative! The room looks great!

Donna said...

You better hide from the fabric police because you stole that silk fabric, LOL! The window looks positively beautiful! Love your covering idea or the cornice board too!

Helen said...

OH MY! Not only do I love silk taffeta on windows ... I love it on my body! You snatched the bargain of the century!

Blondie's Journal said...

Just beautiful, Janean! You did a great job and what a great bargain! Your room looks fresh and lovely!

XO,
Jane

kpaints said...

WOW, WOW AND MORE WOW....that is what you got for your buck!! It is truly stunning...I am very impressed..pleating can be very time consuming! Love the header too...did you make that too?

SHERRI ROCHA said...

what can i say but beautiful the drapes are so pretty i love your bedroom with all the white its so romantic makes me wont to redo my bedroom ito all white i have mostly all cream but im loving the all white take care xoxox sherri

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What wonderful pleats you made, and your taffeta is absolutely beautiful!
Blessings,
Marcia

Farm Girl said...

Oh that is beautiful and I love your drapes, I have to tell you I am so impressed you made them yourself. They are gorgeous so is every thing in your room. I really like how it looks with the flooring.
You have done such a beautiful job.

Suz said...

Oh dreamy!!
and shh I will keep my mouth shut

~ Regan said...

*Sigh*

It looks heavenly. Love every bit of your room! You are doing such a great job. HOpe you can send pictures to a publisher! ;)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

oooohhh, Janean. Those are simply beautiful. You did a wonderful job!!! And, an excellent job of sleuthing out a bargain!

Lorilee said...

Gorgeous! I have the same sheer fabric with gold embroidery leaves! I used mine with a brown fabric with goldish streaks. Our family room is a bit European masculine!
Blessings,
Lorilee

NanaDiana said...

I love silk-taffeta! What a find! Unbelievable price...did you about die when you spotted it? The drapes are lovely-absolutely perfect! I used to make my girls silk taffeta skirts for Christmas every year. Hugs-Diana

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You did a fabulous job...that's NOT easy to work with! You must have a lot of patience! And you got a great look for a wonderful price! WOW! I'm proud of you! ♥

Dolores said...

Your room is so beautiful..... and the drapes are gorgeous!!!

On Crooked Creek said...

Janean,
It takes my breath away! So light and airy. Elegant and exquisite! Thank you for such a lovely window dressing! Keep those creative ideas posted for inspiration to us all!
Fondly,
Pat

Deborah said...

ooh-la-la gorgeous!!!
Love that bedroom and all the whites...curtains are absolutely dreamy!!!

Deborah xoxo

Linda said...

Those are gorgeous!!!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous! And the absolutely perfect window treatment for your room. ~ Sarah

Tanya said...

I can only say...amazed, impressed, out of this world, gorgeous....can I come sleep in THAT room? I would feel like a queen for sure! You are one talented lady!
Pat yourself on the back!
:0)
Tanya

Garden Girl said...

You are so talented!

Beautifully romantic!

Kathy said...

Oh I so wish I could do that, it's just beautiful!