Here's a short video on how I made my dupioni silk dining room curtains, as featured in HGTV Ideas Magazine. If you can sew a basic lined curtain with a plain, flat heading, you can do this! There are no pleats and the hardware is easy to install - just 4 drywall anchors and 4 screws per drapery holdback and you're done.
You could also customize ready-made silk curtain panels if you don't need a crazy long length (135") like I did. I love the casual elegance of these curtains. As you'll see in the "before" shot, they took my already-nice dining room to a whole new level.
If you're new to home sewing, you don't need fancy equipment to make curtains - or any other fabric home furnishings, for that matter. I still use used Elna Zig-Zag sewing machine (circa 1974) and basic techniques from the 1986 book, Vogue Sewing for the Home. I sold my serger years ago on eBay because I prefer to sew blind hems by hand...the way Mom taught me.
Sew what are you waiting for?
Sewing for your own home is one of the most rewarding do-it-yourself projects you can tackle. I've saved thousands of dollars over 20 years, and 3 homes, making my own window treatments, bedding, pillows, slipcovers, decorative pillows, upholstered headboards.
Post your questions and I'll try to answer them. Happy sewing!
UPDATE: The gold silk and holdbacks I used here have been discontinued at Calico Corners, but you can find good substitutes out there.