Living Room Curtains with a Mid-Century Modern Feel


I’m not what you would call a home dec person; in fact I’ve never sewn home dec before in my life!

Still, when the opportunity arose to help celebrate Mood Fabrics’ brand new NYC home dec space by sewing a project for the Mood Sewing Network, I couldn’t say no — well, first I said no, but then I reconsidered.  And I’m so glad I did!

I’ve wanted new curtains for the balcony-facing windows in my apartment for a long time.  Previously we had store-bought, off-white linen panels that were always just a little too short and a little too stiff (and over time, a little too dirty).  I wanted to replace them with something that was simple yet sophisticated, sheer enough to admit light (nobody wants to sacrifice light in a city apartment) but still provide sufficient privacy from the neighbors across the way.

I found just the fabric: a classic poly weave that looks like linen, but has a heavier drape and a much softer hand.  And since it’s extra wide (110″), I only needed to make two panels.  Six yards did the trick.

I love the somewhat rough texture of this fabric — so much more interesting than a smooth, uniform weave.


Never having sewn curtains before, I won’t pretend this project was a cinch — it wasn’t.  I didn’t measure as carefully as I should have, or maybe my floors are uneven (when in doubt, blame the floors), so I had to rip a few seams out and re-adjust until I got my hems just right.

One of the great things about this poly linen is how easy it is to cut and to press.  The visible warp and weft threads made it simple to keep my fabric on grain.





I love the result.  There’s nothing like a fresh window treatment to brighten up a room and this was the incentive I needed to clean up the apartment!

This poly linen-look fabric is perfect for a mid-century modern style apartment or house.  It really captures the clean, spare look of the period.





It feels good to have taken on an entirely new challenge and to be so pleased with the result.  I’m not ready to give up sewing clothes, but I just might consider another home dec project in the near future!



  • Beth Conkwright
    August 8, 2014

    Home Dec is never fun to sew but we use the results of that effort for years. They look nice.

  • Lladybird
    August 8, 2014

    Dang, Peter, these look really nice! Super classy – I never would have guessed you’d had troubles with the construction of them. Your apartment looks gorgeous, btw!

  • Caroline
    August 8, 2014

    Wow, these look super-sophisticated! Nice work there Pete. I think it was def worth the effort!

  • Sallie
    August 8, 2014

    Oh Peter this is awesome!! They really do look great, and I love the vibe of your whole room. I’m pretty anti-home-dec-sewing as well, but all these posts might make me reconsider!

  • Graca
    August 8, 2014

    I like the neutral colour with your wall colour. They look great!

  • Carolyn
    August 8, 2014

    These are fantastic!

  • K-Line
    August 8, 2014

    Your living room is looking fantastic! I once made seat covers for my dining room chairs and I’m still not over it. There’s a reason to get someone else to do this stuff for you 🙂 But the satisfaction does last for years.

  • Rose Johnson
    August 8, 2014

    Super job and great fabric selection. I like your mid-century furnishings. My “cup of tea,” too.

  • Johnf304
    August 9, 2014

    Enjoyed examining this, very good stuff, thankyou . While thou livest keep a good tongue in thy head. by William Shakespeare. akceadfegddb

  • Ginger
    August 10, 2014

    These look great! What a great way to jazz up your apartment! I need to replace the existing blinds in my apartment with curtains, but there aren’t any rods and I haven’t been able to work up the energy to hang rods and sew curtains! But you’re giving me just the kick I need to motivate myself!

  • Fiona
    August 10, 2014

    These really suit the look of your apartment Peter (which I LOVE by the way!). Fantastic job at taking on such a different project, I briefly considered curtains but decided it was a bit overwhelming for a first attempt at Home Dec!

  • mrsmole
    August 10, 2014

    So glad you ditched the rings! SO classy and clean!

  • Cennetta
    August 13, 2014

    Peter the curtains look fabulous! You, Marcy, and Lauren have me thinking about home dec projects for my home.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    August 25, 2014

    As a stitcher – everyone says to me… but you could sew your curtains… and I’ve always been NO THANKS! However I think you may have converted me…