You can create stylish window dressings with the step-by-step directions for curtains, shades, soft valances, swags, and cascades contained here. Measuring information, schematic diagrams, and equipment information makes window treatments simple!
Date Published 2/1/1999
Rated By: Renee Johnson
From: Corpus Christi, TX
Comments: Great for Beginners and Experts I purchased this book because, unlike many others, this book includes step-by-step instructions in addition to fabulous photographs and ideas. I used it to make window coverings for our entire house. Previously, I had only made simple straight rod-pocket curtains. With the instructions in this book, I was able to make roman shades, unique valances, and formal drapes. It also provides great information on hardware and how to hang treatments properly. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to cover windows. I also loaned it to a friend to help her decorate difficult half-moon windows.
Rated By: "camillecl"
From: New York, New York
Comments: Too confusing I bought this and felt let down. The instuctions are confusing, have too many cross references, and assume a certain amount of skill. This is definitely not what I would call straight forward. I would absolutely not recommend this to a beginner as it can be overwhelming. I ended up not using one bit of information from this book. I also found the ideas to be either too stuffy or relaxed, I couldn't find a middle ground. I found Window Style to be much more informative
Rated By: A reader
Comments: My London Shade turned out lovely! This is one of two curtain making books I own and it is my very favorite. The project I tackled was the "london shade" - mind you, one of my FIRST sewing projects. I had a bit of trouble making the box pleats - but overall, this book guided me to success and I'm looking forward to making another london shade for another room in my house. I've also got plans to try the poufed cloud shade.
I had some difficulty finding the cafe rings used for the backside of the London Shade (the rings that the cord runs through) but was able to order them from Ace Hardware.
There's also a Double Drape tied swag that I'd LOVE to try - but real wary of trying a swag project after one EXTREMELY frustrating experience with swags. That was, of course, before I owned this book - so perhaps it would go more smoothly this time around.
I LOVE this book. I found the directions easy to follow and I LOVED the way it broke down measurements for me for the London shade (Tail, Pleat and Scallop). My shade truly turned out lovely, I made it with a red linen.
I highly recommend this book!
Rated By: happy lady "cyn_the_win"
From: Provo, UT
Comments: Good Reference There are a few things I like about this book. The back of the book has a good reference section to teach you about hardware, inside mount, oustide mount, and basically to explain a lot of the techniques it uses throughout the book in the various projects. That is great. I also learned form this book how to make a perfect mitered hem. So professional looking! For that reason alone this book was worth my purchase.
I will say, however, that this book is a bit dated so it may be hard for a beginner to envision their own style with some of the outdated window treatments illustrated. I also think the instructions are difficult to understand. I read many of the projects (especially the one for Roman Shades) and thought, why are they making this so complicated? It's not that hard!! I thought the same thing about Simply Slipcovers. Maybe I like things explained very simply but I do think that some of the projects could really scare off beginners with the complicated wording.
I am happy I bought this book though. It is good for ideas, although I wish it had more of them. I've seen bigger books out there with more window treatments ideas than this one. I kind of wish I had gone with a book that would give me more bang for my buck.
Rated By: Midwest Book Review
From: Oregon, WI
Comments: "User Friendly" customized window projects and ideas Anyone can transform their home with th beautiful customized window treatments showcased in Sunset's Simply Window Treatments. The projects range from the simple to the complex. Techniques are explained for measuring, calculating yardage, cutting, basic sewing, and installing the finished window treatment. Create your ambience exactly the way you want it to be with Simply Window Treatments.