To finish the roman shade. Yeah, seriously. I ordered the fabric from Tonic Living shortly after we moved into the house. I think I finally cut it to size in October, sewed the lining and main fabric together in November and then I spent most of Saturday finishing it up. All in all, it wasn't difficult at all. I lack confidence when it comes to sewing something new, so I tend to take my sweet time finishing it up.
I learned a few lessons along the way, the most frustrating part for me was sewing on the sleeves for the dowels. They are not straight at all, and that really bothers me. I think next time I'll baste stitch them into place before sewing them on with the machine or press the fabric, something to ensure I'm sewing them on straight.
I have to say, that I forgot just how much I love to sew. I'm not sure when I last used my machine, maybe a year ago? Pretty crazy.
Anyhow, here are some pics of the finished piece! I currently have the shade propped into place with the help of a couple of dowels. I really want to see how it would look before fastening it to the window.
I used two tutorials to make this. The first is by Barbara, found here. She did such a great job and has included photos. The second one can be found here, on Martha Stewart's website.