Big B and I currently live in a condo that is owned by his "boss" and friend. Big B moved in about 4 years ago and his friend was nice enough to leave him the curtains that were hanging in the windows and the sliding door. When I first met Big B I noticed that the curtains were extremely long but the only thing that bothered me was my fear of the ones in the window catching on fire! We have baseboard heating and the curtains just sit on the window ledge so I was scared that they might fall in front of the heater and then the whole place would go up in flames. It never happened but now that we're married and I live here I feel like I'm constantly wrestling with the curtains when I'm cleaning or trying to go on our patio!
This past Saturday I decided it was finally time to do something about it! I will apologize now that I did not take any before pictures. You see, I wasn't planning on blogging about this. It was a matter of simply cutting off the bottoms and doing a quick hem to give it a finished look. Let me just say, they looked great when I hung them up!
They looked so great but they had a little bit of a yellow tinge, nothing a washing machine couldn't take out and so in they went. As they washed I cut off the massive amount of extra fabric on the ones for the window. I was so excited to finally be getting this project done!
After cutting the window curtains I went off to do some schoolwork and figured that I would finish the window ones later that evening.
I finish my schoolwork and Big B pulls the curtains out of the dryer. I trim the little strings and we get to work hanging them up. We get them up, I look at my handiwork and I can't help but laugh.
THEY SHRUNK 6 INCHES!!!
Before we washed them they touched the ground but afterwards they didn't! I was so surprised and a little sad but to be honest, it was one of the funniest moments of our married life! I think we laughed for about 5 minutes. Needless to say, I learned a valuable lesson, wash before you cut.
As funny as it is I'm really bummed and wondering if there's anything I can do to make them longer without sewing more material on! Any suggestions?