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My new dance studio still has no curtains

Don't even get me started on this curtain fiasco. JC Penney can custom make curtains and they told me they could do black velvet (no blackout backing though) for about $1,500. So I figure I'll have to pay that much because lets face it, custom curtains over 10 feet high are hard to find. And they come with fancy pleats. But when I went to JC Penney this afternoon to see the fabric sample, imagine my horror when I discovered their "velvet" was some ugly cheap looking crappy excuse for a velvet imitation. It seriously looked like the kind of stuff your grama would hang in her living room. $1,500 for THAT?

Oddly enough though, I passed their "Dorm Life" collection quite by accident and discovered the Dorm Life blackout curtains were quite cool looking. Anyone remember when I mentioned those in previous post? They only sell 84 inch curtains in the store though. The 95 inch are available online only and out of stock until the end of October. I'm starting to wonder if I should buy two sets (or in this case, about 12 sets) of Dorm Life blackout curtains for each window. Then I could have some one sew a piece of one onto the end of another so that they are all 10 feet high. Then I could cover the obvious seam with a black strip of lace or something. Would that work? It would probably only come out to about $100 per panel (assuming I can find a friend that I could pay to sew them together), or $600 for the one wall. That's darn cheaper and more attractive than $1,500.


Have sewing machine. Will help.

I was SO going to call you tomorrow to ask. I still am. I'm meeting a contractor at my new place at 9am. Don't know how long I'll be there but I'll call you when I get home! :)
While this is a good suggestion, I think that those suggesting it are not aware of the volume of windows that need to be covered. Think two entire walls worth. It would probably take 2, 3 maybe even 4 days labor. That kind of money for days and days worth of labor, plus fabric, would cost more than a custom curtain company would charge. Because custom curtain companies can buy in bulk and pay lower wages for labor.
If you're looking for function vs. too much form, muslin, dyed, will probably keep out a lot of the light. Go to any photo, fabric, or maritime store for heavy canvas (this might also be an adventure to find strong rails or rigging to hang it) but it's usually very thick and may be light resistant. Probably not cheap. But maybe cheaper than 1500, and effective.
Curtains to cover this many windows, spanning two walls, would take about 3 or 4 days worth of labor. I can't get the discounted labor and fabric rates that curtain companies can, because I don't order in bulk.