To start, I just want to say,
"Y'all are gonna want to PIN IT"
I had a recent incident involving a cleaner with bleach and my bathroom rugs.
I figured, if I was replacing rugs I might as well get a new curtain.
The one in there was from my wedding.
So, naturally, I was "just looking" at the Anthropologie site,
and "fell in love" with their Flamenco Curtain.
And only $118.
My husband spoils me, but I doubt he would go for that.
So I made my own.
And I like it even better.
It cost $26 for fabric and dye + $15 for a basic white shower curtain.
(I could have used a sheet for free if I had been feeling ambitious with button holes.)
It looks amazing, pictures don't do it justice.
Plus it's hard to cram in my little bathroom to snap a picture.
So here is how this went down:
I got 2.5 yards of 108" wide white muslin.
(I should have gotten 3 yards...I need one more ruffle along the bottom.)
Ask the person cutting your fabric to TEAR not cut.
It will ensure it is straight.
I would ask them to tear a clean edge at the start, measure, then tear again at the end.
When I got home, I TORE 7" strips.
I tore them along the selvage (or finished edge--the 2.5 yard part).
That way each strip is 7" x 108"
(Again, tearing is much easier and more accurate than cutting.)
In retrospect, if I had made them 8" or 9" I would have needed less strips.
Next I threw all my strips into the wash with just a tiny bit of dye.
Here are my instructions for dying in the washing machine (SO EASY).
The first couple of layers are teal and a bit of pearl grey.
After the first load I took one strip out and threw them all back in with a tad more dye.
And so on and so on.
By the end the last layer had been dyed A LOT.
So had a couple layers in the middle to get the right color I wanted.
The middle layers are evening blue +grey,
and royal blue+ grey on bottom.
I think adding the bit of grey kept them in the same palette.
(Which, to be honest, I think the Anthro version is lacking.)
P.S. The RIT DYE website has a great formula guide.
I didn't dry or iron between washes, so each ruffle has a subtle wood-grain look that I love.
After they were all done I left the raw edges, ironed the strips,
and sewed the ruffles onto a plain white curtain.
(Google how to sew ruffles if you need help.)