Thursday, February 15, 2018

Project: Window by the Bay (Part 1)

I haven't been sitting idle, nor have I forgotten you all, I have been playing around making a new 3D backdrop to photograph my Iplehouse KID's and my new Kaye Wiggs Mini dolls.

It all began with a piece of white corflute board (30.5cm wide x 42cm high) which has been sitting around in my studio since the year dot. I simply added an A4 print out of an open window with a view of the beach to set my scene. Of course you can adapt this easily . . . just look on line until you find a scene you prefer yourself.

I also found a length of 6mm dowel (it's amazing what I find hanging about in here) which hubby was kind enough to cut to 32.5cm, I will add a trim of some sort at each end to stop the curtains from coming off at a later date, like when I find something. :)

Searching in my stash I also found this pretty floral fabric to make a pair of curtains. It measured 25cm x the width. Beginning with the longest sides, I turned over 5mm, then a further 15mm, pressed with my iron and using my sewing machine, stitched along each of them. Then I turned over 5mm, then 35mm each of the short sides, pressed and stitched. (Normally I would have cut off the selvedge but I needed it for the length.) As these were to be the end I wanted the rod to pass through I made a casing by sewing 15mm down from each edge.


I put them on the rod, measured the length I needed, cut and hemmed them the same way as the heading. This left me with a small piece of fabric, which I made into a flounce to go in between the side curtains. By the time I stitched the head there wasn't a great deal of length left, so I added a row of lace.


I still have to make the seat to go in front of the window, but that will follow in a further post. I have a lovely green ticking which will coordinate nicely with the curtains, Here is what it looks like so far.


I may need to add some weights to the bottom of the curtains to get them to sit perfectly, as I used quilting fabric which doesn't drape well over a short distance. If you decide to try this yourself, I would recommend you use a softer fabric such as Japanese lawn.

(to be continued)


14 comments:

  1. Hello Sandy,
    the curtains look lovely. I like the fabric and the lace was a very nice touch. Great work.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac, I do too, it reminds me so much of a country cottage. :)
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  2. I love that fabric !
    And the view is fantastic 😍 window slightly open with a sea breeze wafting in - I’m there ! xx

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. If only it were real, I think we would both enjoy a little sea breeze. :)
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  3. Nice to meet your blog. The curtains look great, I like the whole window very much.
    I invite you to meπŸ˜€

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    1. Hi, welcome and thank you. I did pop by the other day, unfortunately I don't understand a word of Polish, but I did enjoy your photos. :)
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  4. I think you've done a lovely job with the curtains. I keep meaning to make something to use as a photo backdrop but then I get lazy, plus I do like to take photos outside if possible as I never get quite the right effect inside. I look forward to seeing how it all turns out.
    Hugs xxx

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    1. Thanks Sharon, they were pretty simple to make although anyone reading my steps along the way may think it all as clear as mud. LOL! I really wanted to make something three dimensional to use with my photos rather than just a printed backdrop and I think this will do the trick. I would love to take photos outside, but I can never get down low enough. :)
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  5. Hello!
    This is a great idea! I think the curtains look nice and I like the fabric!
    Hugs!

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    1. Hi there Niina!
      Yes, simple and something everyone could do themselves. Thank you, pretty fabric never goes astray here. :)
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  6. Oooh this is looking fantastic so far! I am really loving the fabric of the curtains. So fresh and lovely. Can't wait to see the window seat you make. I've been mulling over how to put one together myself for one of the dioramas.

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    1. Thanks Alasse. I am going to make another set of curtains and seat cover with a coastal theme and use these with a Paris or country view. I hope my directions help you.
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  7. Oh this will look very nice on pictures. It is a great idea to create a background without doing a whole diorama. (off to part 2 :) )

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    1. Hi Rachel,
      Simple idea, and easy to store. When you have larger dolls and lack space it's not practical to do a full diorama.
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