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From: MaryW
Date: 05-18-2004, 11:31 AM (1 of 5)
Here is a good question, let's see what we get for answers.

Please respond if you can, thanks.

I'm afraid I haven't been a very active member of this group, but I would like to change that. At least start spending more time with this newsletter. I'd really like to get back into sewing again.
A major complaint from my husband is that the see-through lace drapes are just that...see through! He wants me to sew something that has a lining to it to block out our neighbor's view. (We live in a duplex/trailer park combination). We're in a duplex with very wide windows. This is true for the two bedrooms as well. They're not that tall really...just wide, except for the living room which indeed is a full size picture window. Have I confused you yet? (LOL).
Knowing that there are so many textures, styles, etc., in fabrics for making drapes and curtains, I'd like to know what would be the best lining material to buy that would not shrink. (I would most likely buy machine washable material).
Being a tad greedy here, I'd also like to know if you have a section on your site that I could print out some instructions for making these curtains and/or drapes with the linings. (I don't ask for much, do I)? (LOL)
Anyhow, any help that you can give me would be very much appreciated indeed.
Thank you very much and God bless.
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User: MaryW
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From: malibucat
Date: 05-18-2004, 11:39 AM (2 of 5)
Are you lining lace, or getting another drapery fabric? I bought ten yards of a cotton/poly drapery lining at Joann's with my half price coupon last week. They have several grades of linings there in the Home Dec department.

If you lined lace, you'd have to choose a "pretty" fabric (for lack of a better word) since whatever you put behind it would show. But then the sun would hit that fabric and probably cause fading.

I think I'd save the lace for windows where privacy was not an issue.
=^..^= Kim
User: malibucat
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From: shadylady
Date: 05-18-2004, 12:15 PM (3 of 5)
I don't think you're going to be able to do what you want. To be able to see the lace design and have a pretty lining which will show thru, you'll need a good sateen lining, in perhaps a beige or tan color (looks pretty), which you'd have to find in a really good fabric store (Joann's and Hancock's do not sell this). However, this lining is not washable, so problem #1 here.
You could also line it with a sheer or semi-sheer, which also looks very nice, and is washable, but then you may loose the design in the lace, problem #2.
You could use the RainNoStain lining, which I believe is washable, but isn't very pretty and again, you'll lose the design of the lace, problem #3
Is it possible to add panels over the lace? Then you could leave it open during the day, and close at night or when you need privacy?
User: shadylady
Member since: 09-19-2003
Total posts: 58
From: shirleyp
Date: 05-18-2004, 03:20 PM (4 of 5)
I was thinking the same idea shadylady. If you really like the lace curtains, what about some blinds. You can have the lace show during the day and have your privacy at night, if this is what you want to do. If you want to line curtains why not try putting them on the swing rod arms. You can open and close as much as you like. Maybe try some shutters instead. I'm thinking more on decorating. Sorry love doing this. :bg:
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
From: beach girl
Date: 05-21-2004, 11:46 PM (5 of 5)
I have a large window in my living room. We needed some privacy even during the day as you can see straight through the window into the living room, into the dining area & out onto the lanai to the pool. We have 8 foot patio doors that completely slide back & are hidden. So we are really open. I have vertical blinds on the window, lace sheers over the blinds & a swag drape that is longer on one end. During the day I can either put the blinds at an angle or the lace makes it harder to see in. At night we just close the blinds. I've had more people ask me if a decorator did it for me. I did it myself & was so easy.That might give you another idea to think about.
User: beach girl
Member since: 11-08-2003
Total posts: 72
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