My current apartment has huge windows (we’re talking four metres high!) that had these horrific office blinds as window coverings when I moved in; no need to say that I whipped those monstrous things out quickly! Despite hunting high and low for curtains big enough for the window, I was unfruitful in my attempts. However, I decided to see the positive in the situation: by not buying readymade designs I was able to choose fabric by the metre that was a perfect fit for my aesthetic. So, of course, I went for the cheeriest yellow fabric I could find! Regular readers will know that I’m fond of a stripe, so it will come as no surprise that I fell hard and fast for Vanessa Arbuthnott’s French Ticking design. The buttercup and clay colourway was the perfect fit as I really wanted to make a colour statement with these curtains as they are an ideal way to bring temporary colour into a rented space. With my fabric chosen I set about making my first pair of curtains; nothing fancy, just a simple design. I allowed myself one and a half widths in fabric and lining and then ironed everything before I began to sew. To aid the hemming process I ironed the hems and pinned in the lining behind before I ran each side through the machine. I’m so pleased with how they turned out – the linen gives them a tactile feel and the yellow brings so much vibrancy and energy to the room. I’ll be sharing more of my living room in the next few weeks, but for now: what do you think of my curtains?
// Photography by Will Taylor