Friday, July 10, 2009

I must have been crazy...

We must have been crazy, Mom. I don't know how we survived this project with all our fingers, let alone our sanity.

Here is a little look at what my Mom and I made over the 4th of July weekend/vacation. It only took the two of us two full days of work! Sense the sarcasm?

By the time we were nearing completion my sanity was questionable and I would have definitely given up if it were not for my steady sewing-guru-of-a-mother. Thanks, Mom.

Here is the EXPENSIVE version of the pretty ruffled shower curtain from India Rose. It is called, and I am not kidding about this one, the "White Devil."

For a mere $98 dollars this could be yours! "Well," I thought, "I could make that!" And I was right. I could. But now I know that I would never want to. I also know why it is called the "White Devil." That thing is a monster dressed in white frills.

Seriously, after finishing it, Mom and I both swore we would NEVER make one again. Not for $500. Really. But if you are really serious, make me an offer and we can talk... :)

Here is another inspiration photo from Anthropologie and it sold for a mere $98. I love their stuff. Someday when my husband is a wealthy pastor I'll have to buy stuff from their magazine (ha!). Until then, I'll just keep *ahem* stealing their great ideas and repurposing them for my home (on a much cheaper scale).

Note: This is no longer on the Anthropologie site (now they only sell colorful versions of the curtain).

I don't remember where I found this inspiration photo (if you find it, let me know and I'll link to it). This was the biggest inspiration piece for our creation.

And here are some photos from our sewing adventure.

In the beginning, we had good intentions...

Can you tell it is a forced smile? Just kidding. :)

Our sewing setup in the dining room.

Mom is ironing a hem. I can't even begin to tell you how many yards we hemmed...

Even after all this fancy math work we still went back to the fabric store TWO TIMES to get more fabric. What can we say, we never claimed to be math whizzes!

Here is Oscar... "helping" *ahem*

He LOVED resting on the ruffles.

So, without further ado...

The final product...

Ignore the toilet, towels and bad photography. Beyond that I think it looks pretty good. Thoughts?

I also like our tab-tops a lot better than the button holes on the original.

I had to have at least one silly shot. :)

Love you, Mom. Come back to Texas!!!!


Anonymous said...

I love you, too, Carrie, and we'll come back to Texas as soon as possible.

When we started the project I sure didn't think it would take 2 full days. But one thing is certain, WE ARE NOT QUITTERS! The finished product made it all worthwhile. It is beautiful! It was fun to work with you and we did have some great laughs. Next time we might want to find a pattern. :-)

Love you bunches!
Mom :-)

Jonathan and Lyndsy Manz said...

Wow- that is amazing! It totally looks like it could sell right beside those others. Way to stick with it. I agree- the tie tops are cuter than the button tabs.

Tiffani R said...

Carrie! That turned out amazing! I am really impressed - you all did a super job!

I am always thinking I can make things for less than I could buy them (skirts, which I have a hard time finding in styles and lengths I like are a notable example) - and end up spending more than I thought with more effort than I thought.

On the other hand, I usually like my finished creations better than the originals! (like your shower curtain)

Great job!

Candice said...

Love it, Carrie. You are so crafty. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't even know how to use a sewing machine. :( How have I been friends with you for over three years and haven't had you teach me?? Very cute curtain. :) Hope you are well!

Indubitably Mel said...

Carrie, that curtain is GORGEOUS!!! Absolutely love it. :) Your hard work was well worth it, girl!

Sara said...

Holy guacamole! And I thought the curtain project your momma and I did (okay, that SHE did FOR me while Josiah wailed from upstairs!) was a whopper. I do so very much love Anthropologie, too. But, isn't it nice to have a shower curtain that, in a pinch, could quite possibly double as a wedding dress? :-)

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