Nina Murden - The Lewes Seamstress

handmade curtains

Having curtains and roman blinds made for your home during lockdown

Despite the disruption that the pandemic has caused, I am still here and available to make your roman blinds and curtains. I can do this for people local to me in Lewes, or can do this and have done this for other areas of the country.  This can be done without me visiting your house, providing you have a metal tape measure and confident with measuring I can guide you as to how to measure up your windows.  If you wish you can take some photos of your windows, or even a short film to discuss what you are after, I will be happy to receive your requests.  By phone, or my Whatsapp,  I can discuss the type of blind or curtain that would be suitable, the options on linings and interlinings and the sourcing of your main fabric.  There are still some suppliers providing and sending out fabrics. Please contact me by email or by phone to discuss your requirements.   Here is a link to my latest facebook postIMG_20190528_173144IMG_0867


Goblet Pleat Pelmet

Making a set of goblet pleat headed pelmets for gentleman’s country house bedroom. He chose Markham’s Warwick Delft, and I suggested that we add an Ian Mankin cotton stripe, the ‘Ticking o1 Sky’, this being a good contemporary contrast to the formality of the Markham fabric.  Here are some photos of the different processes  of me sewing the goblets and inserting the buckram that keeps their shape. This customer also had the same fabrics for his dressing room curtains.

Reverse side of pelmet

Reverse side of pelmet

Reverse side  IMG_20190607_080554 IMG_20190607_080617

Whole House Curtains for 1930’s Friston House

Won a contract to supply material and make curtains for a whole house project in Friston on the Sussex Coast. The house built in 1930 had quirky eyebrow windows and very wide but shallow drops upstairs; for these my client wanted the look and the softness of  curtains. These were lined, and were loosely gathered, with narrow tape to keep them in proportion to the window depths.  Downstairs the lounge had one wide patio door, and 3 sill length windows. Client wanted to keep the length to the floor for all 4 window/patio areas, giving a more uniform look across the L shaped area.  A double pinch pleat was decided upon being less fussy , more modern option than a tripe pleat.  Fabric used is a cotton chenille from Villa Nova. This was a good weight. No insulation was required in addition as all windows had been replaced with double glazed units.  The whole house curtain install took 5 hours, and involved steaming all curtains, and dressing the pinch pleated curtains to help train them into their correct folds. These curtains were all made by hand, with interlocking stitching to layers, hand sewn hems, and hand sewn and finished pinch pleats. These are the top of the range type of curtain to have in your house and will last many many years.P1010375 P1010372

Dining Area curtains

Dining Area curtains




I can and do make curtains of quality that will last. The relationship between buying quality and the likelihood that such curtains will last is still attainable.    With other items such as white goods, the ability of actually finding something that is designed to last is actually really difficult if not impossible. Such is the nature of capitalism which is at odds with such a principle.  Fast turnover of goods is supposed to be good for the economy and for ‘growth’… an interesting term that has co-opted nature into an abstract concept that drives the world at present and that actually causes untold harm to the natural environment.  This is the dichotomy we face if we want to live sustainably on this one earth.  But it is possible to invest in quality curtains that will last a long time – if you want them too?  My grandmother  did just that in the 1940’s and invested in three sets of beautiful velvet curtains, that my family not only still have but still use, to the present day.  They are made from thick cotton velvet, and are lined – this being a must for preventing or allaying UV light damage, and dust and dirt damage.   They have had to be re-lined, twice in the last 70 or so years. Have been washed – yes washed, carefully with soap in the bath.  We pass them around our family according to our respective needs at the time, and personally I love and cherish the connection that they embody with our ancestors.   Of course what is it that comes with this choice – to go with something already made?  This will unnerve many, and there would be a degree of resistance to the very idea.  Why? – Because we are so wrapped up that our sense of identity being expressed mostly through the STUFF that we surround ourselves with.  There is disquiet because we haven’t exercised our choice in the matter; that these particular items were not expressive of us and our aesthetics, ( and I have known people who were literally disgusted to have something in their home that had belonged and been touched by someone else).  The décor might have to be built around the curtains, or heaven forbid they might not ‘go’ at all!  Perhaps last but not least by just going with what is means that a valuable shopping opportunity – the No. 1, leisure activity of us 21st people – would be lost.