I opted for the Waverly Wonderama Toucan because:
1. It was all of a sudden back in stock!
2. it went on sale at Fabric.com
3. I was able to also find another 15% off coupon (and free shipping!)
It was the best deal out of my options, so I went for it. I was nervous about not seeing it in person, but the fabric.com return policy seems great, so I forged ahead.
So, that brings me to my topic of late nighters. I had spent many nights obsessing over this silly decision, and if I am totally honest with myself, most of the time I stay up really late, I think I just get lost in the internet/blogs/shopping, and I really don't get anywhere. Well, one of these late nights, I placed the order. I could have SWORN I placed it for 20 yards. I needed 18 yards (6 panels at about 3 yards each), plus I needed extra to accommodate the shrinkage of the fabric.
Well, the fabric arrived, I still thought I had 20 yards. I wanted to cut corners and not wash it, but I did wash/iron it (wow, it takes a long time to iron all that fabric!). It did say dry clean only, but being the horrible launderer that I am, I ignored that.
I decided that two nights before we headed on vacation, I should try to crank through all the curtains so that I wasn't thinking about working on this project the whole time we were gone. I was prepared, and sort of excited to pull a late nighter getting this done. All was going well until I cut the last two panels and the realization hit me that I had completely messed up and only ordered 18 yards. ARGH!!!! The fabric had shrunk a good bit, leaving me with only enough for five panels.
a friend reminded me to measure twice, cut once, which I did...too bad I didn't order correctly!
So....I had thought my late nights are usually worth it as I was rounding the corner to the completion of sewing all the panels and hanging of them. But...then I had to re-question myself when I realized that I make silly mistakes, like ordering the wrong amount of fabric, when I stay up too late! Five panels later, I could only laugh at myself and re-order more fabric to make my last panel. Pictures to come once I get things wrapped up....but here is the window with the missing panel :) This definitely qualifies as a 'keeping it real' shot as evidenced by the plethora of plastic that lives in this part of the unfinished basement.