Nina Murden - The Lewes Seamstress

Lewes curtain maker

Machine Sewing Pinch Pleat Curtain Tops – tutorial

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


Laura Ashley Fabric an amazing 50% until March 11th!

I quite often work with Laura Ashley fabrics, but always recommend to my customers that they wait for one of Laura Ashley’s regular ‘sales’.  There’s one on now and most of their fabrics are now a brilliant 50% off!  This particular offer expires on the 11 March. Just bought some of this one to make up into some bedroom curtains for a client.  It’s a woven fabric, with a good feel to it, I’m sure it’s going to make up really well, it’s called Silver Birch, Duck Egg.  The reduction is from £50 to £25 per metre. I’ve never had any problems with defects or faults in L.Ashley fabrics.

silver birch duck egg