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Dry fit: attic dormer window


This window is a tight squeeze so I don't have the curtain glued to the frame yet.  I don't want to take a chance of getting glue on it while I'm installing the dormer but fortunately this window is close to the back edge of the house so it won't be a problem to reach it once the house is built.  The curtain is formed to the window frame so it'll just be a matter of gluing it in place and tucking down the sides.  I did a cascading pleat design on this window because it will have a rocking chair and table of needlework in front of it and in real life, a window like that would need to let in lots of light for the little person sitting there.  Cascading pleats are gorgeous and the delicate lace around the edges makes it dreamy and romantic.  It was a pain to get those pleats in place but sooooooo worth the effort.  

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Did you sew the lace on or glue it on?  I want to try and make curtains for my next house, and I am just struggling with sewing tiny things!!

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It's all glued!  Don't try sewing mini textiles except for pillows coz it'll just make you crazy.  Everything but pillows can go together with glue which is easier and saves your sanity.  LOL!  To make curtains I use a piece of foam core and pin the fabric on in the shape I want, then soak it with super hold hair spray.  When the silk is saturated, I can use a plastic tool to shape the contours and then let it dry.  Try to put the pins right on the edges where they can be cut off or covered with edging trim.  You can use a pin to gently push the fabric weave back into place to remove the holes but with silk, it'll still show so I try to keep the pins out of the main body of the fabric.  After the hairspray dries, take out the pins, trim the edges of the silk, and then use a toothpick to put a tiny bead of tacky glue on the edges and press the lace into place.  You'll have to stretch out the pleating a little to apply the lace around the bottom, but if you push the fabric back in place while the glue is still wet and let it dry that way, you won't lose your pleats.  I sometimes use thin satin ribbon (those reels you can buy at walmart)  for the outside edges because it stabilizes the straight edge a little and once the glue is dry, you can make a sharp fold and crease it so that the ribbon edge will bend around the edge of the window frame.  A few dots of tacky glue on that edge of the window frame will hold the curtains in place and you won't see the ribbon at all that way.  

I glue the top of the curtains to a small strip of poster board to keep the pleats in place and then glue the valance over the top.  The edges of the poster board strip can be folded to fit around the edge of the window frame just like a curtain rod would do so you get that nice, straight fall of the fabric on the edges and they fit the window frame perfectly.  So it's all glue and that reduces the bulk that you get with sewing so they look more natural in miniature.  Like most minis, it's mostly illusion and the process doesn't matter as long as it looks like the real thing in the end.  I hope that helps.  

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