See the original dining room here.The fabric for the chairs arrived on Saturday. I had gone out for the morning, and when I returned, there it was sitting on my doorstep. I was hoping that the linen for the drapes and the tropical print for the chairs matched a little better. The linen leans toward a reddish brown. The tropical print has more golden tones. I think it works though, and I am happy to have this space all put together. I love linen for drapes. It is opaque enough for privacy, but looks airy and dances in the breeze.
My DH kindly helped me with recovering the chair cushions. I really don't think I could have done this by myself. It took both hands alone to stretch the fabric. He then would staple it down for me. I cannot tell you how many times his staple gun misfired, didn't fire at all, or got jammed. But he kept a smile on his face the whole time. I used some lime green duct tape to cover the raw edges under the chairs. It's all I had on hand and I'm all for using what you already have in the junk drawer if you can! The fabric is an indoor/outdoor polyester, so I am expecting it to clean up nicely. However, if tomato sauce won't come out, don't you think it will blend in perfectly ;)
The linen curtains were all about "power" sewing. All I had to do was cut each curtain panel the proper length then hem all four sides. I gave the bottom of the curtains a 3.5" hem and the top a 1" hem. The most important and time consuming part was cutting each panel. If I had just cut across this "wiggly" fabric, I was sure to have uneven hems. To avoid that, I measured my panel length along the selvage and made a snip. Then I pulled a thread in the fabric to make a "snag". I then cut along this snag. That way my fabric stayed on grain and equal lengths. I like the look of drapes that pool at the bottom. So I cut the panels for the sliding glass door extra long. My sister gave me the lovely tulip vase in the center of the table and it is filled with tuberose. I wish I could share the scent with you. It's simply heavenly.
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 44 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!