September 18, 2012My Vintage Volkswagen Westfalia – Progress Report #4
Before I get started with this week’s progress report, I just wanted to share the cover of the Campmobile manual with you:
I think “It goes on vacation with you” might be one of the greatest vehicle slogans ever! I’m just sayin’. Anyway, on to the update!
Replacement curtains were what I thought were going to be the easiest sewing project when it came to the Westi. After all, it did come with curtains for me to copy – what could be easier!
These are the curtains that were in the back area of the bus. Very 80s looking, and very faded on the other side. Not to mention, definitely not our taste!
For the curtains I made to replace these ones, I decided to use the Moda American Jane retro camping panel fabric. I love the retro camping families! I made sure I centred the print on each curtain panel. This is one of the finished curtain panels, they were pretty straight forward to copy.
The front curtain that came with the Westi, was in fact the original curtain. This curtain covers the driver’s side window, the windshield, and the passenger side window. It also has some carefully placed holes in it, which allow the child’s hammock to fit through. It attaches via snaps. The fabric was cute, and I can see how it would have coordinated well with the harvest gold interior.
However, copying this curtain gave me nothing but grief! I wanted to make the curtain double sided, unlike the original. Trying to get the holes for the hammock to work out nicely gave me more trouble than it definitely should have. However, I finally got that done, and figured it would now be smooth sailing. Hah! No, not so much. I went to go and snap up the curtain in the Westi, and it did not fit! It was waaaaaay too big over the windshield portion, but only the windshield portion. I did try to get a pic of this to show you all, but it appears my camera decided to eat the picture.
So, now I was totally puzzled. I took the curtain down and compared it to the original. Nope, it was identical. Totally puzzled! So, I cracked open the manual.
What I am speculating, based on the pictures, is that there was originally a piece of elastic going across the top of the windshield section which gathered it, making it fit that section. However I think over many years of use, the elastic eventually just disintegrated and let go – making that section when I copied it way too big. I plan to instead gather it to attach to a piece of velcro, which we will attach the other side directly to the Westi. I think this will hold up better over time, and will make it a bit more light tight as well.
Here’s all the finished curtain panels! The blue plaid one is the grief-inducing front panel, and the red ones are the rear curtains.
So – if you were wondering, my sewing projects don’t always go smoothly, either! I hope you enjoyed my tale of sewing woes!