I was sure that I wanted blackout liner for the curtains, so I went to Joann and got this Roc-Lon Budget Blackout liner during a half off sale, for $3.50 a yard. Then we cut a 90-inch length of the fabric and a slightly smaller panel of the liner to get started.
I got cold feet on the blackout liner as soon as we started cutting it, I happen to love the look of light filtering through curtains, so we decided to pin up one with liner and one without to see what I thought the next day.
The blinds are closed, and clearly there is just too much light coming through the fabric alone. The two windows on that wall are east-facing so the light in the morning is crazy bright. Not a good thing when mom wants a little extra sleep, huh? And, there is a south window that could sabbotage afternoon naps
while mommy is having a drinky. Noooooo!
The lined curtain is much better. I suppose a better test would have included blocking off the other two windows in the room, but OH WELLS.
Another thing to decide....this fabric is a whopping 57 inches wide. Even with side hems, that is a ton of width when you combine 2 panels on 30 inch windows! Should I cut some width or just hang them wide and embrace the full look?
We are planning to do 'tabs' on the back of the curtains to make them fall nicely and avoid creating a rod pocket, like Kim did....so I'm considering making the tabs out of strips of fabric I cut off the sides. Send me all your curtain-making posts, friends! I sure need them.