|Spacing the hooks
Interior decoration is not one of my strong suits either, unfortunately... So, when we finally decided to drag out the Sailrite and get to work on that curtain project I've been studiously avoiding, the hard work had already been done!
|Our first attempt...
But, when we started looking for the materials to use at the local home stores, we couldn't find any type of dowel that would be flexible enough to fit our curved walls, but small enough to fit in the tiny space. We didn't want wood... So, we ended up with eye hooks and string, strung tightly between the hooks.
Once we had our method, we moved on to choosing the fabric... the second most difficult choice. Back in Charleston when we had our car... we found a 50% off sale at Hancock Fabrics. We headed for the heavier fabric aisles and started looking at our options...
I wanted to avoid lining our curtains, thinking that it would make scrunching too bulky for the small space. So, we needed something that was heavy enough to provide privacy, but wouldn't make the cabin too dark inside. We had to find something that would coordinate with our existing upholstery fabric (which is very dark) and provide some lighter tones to brighten the place up. Bruce said "flowers are OUT", and since he voices few opinions, I was happy to oblige. Many of the patterns Bruce liked (sailboats, maps) would have looked messy when scrunched. We paced up and down the fabric aisle until we lucked onto the perfect fabric.
How much fabric to buy??? I had taken some rough measurements with me to the fabric store and threw myself on the mercy of the lady working the cutting table. I told her the approximate width I would need covered, and the approximate height. Add additional width for scrunching (she assumed 2-1 but that was too much - I ended up using half again the width for each panel). Add height for my seams, throw in some extra for mistakes and maybe some accent pillows later... divide it all by the width of the fabric roll... and VOILA! We walked out of there with our roll of fabric.
|I drilled the holes and mounted the eye hooks
These panels are truly "custom" and each one ended up being different from the others. We have larger spaces between some ports, and very small spaces between others. My original plan was to have the panels split in the center of each port...
|Split in the center and too much fabric!
The first panel (pictured here) was done with 2/1 material width... It was just too bunchy, so all of the other panels used width + half width, which I think turned out to be plenty.
|Port Side - Curtains closed
|Starboard Side looking forward
|Starboard side looking aft