Monday, July 6, 2009

Reproduction Barkcloth from Melinamade


One of the projects I’m working on now is to make new drapes for the family room. The room has a large wall of windows, typical of modern homes built during the mid-century period. While I have some experience sewing drapes (I’ve already sewn 3 sets) this set is the biggest challenge simply because of its very large size.

The fabric I’ve chosen is a reproduction barkcloth from Melinamade. I’m really happy with the fabric. It has a boomerang design in pink and turquoise. The fabric quality is outstanding- the barkcloth is thick and has a nice heavy weight that seems to make it easier to sew.

In the 1950s, Sears sold curtains made in this very boomerang pattern. The Fall and Winter 1956/1957 catalog shows the drapes available in the same pink and turquoise color scheme. It was also available with a charcoal grey background and pink, turquoise, and chartreuse boomerangs, or with a beige background and pink boomerangs. A pair of unlined, 50X84 inch drapes cost $9.79.

The reproduction fabric costs considerably more, but at $40 a yard, the price is reasonable. Melinamade has a great selection of barkcloth fabric for anyone looking for vintage reproduction fabrics. One of particular note is a pattern that mimics the Starburst pattern from Franciscan dinnerware. They also have a good selection of wallpaper in retro designs. They specialize in modern designs from the atomic 1950s through the mod ‘60s and ‘70s.

The curtains are partially finished. I just have one more section to complete. Once they’re done, I’ll post the pictures.


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