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Old 09-13-2014, 11:40 AM
 
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I have seen what you are talking about in several houses and totally understand why you want that. You never mentioned how large your windows are. Perhaps you can buy shorter lined curtains ( not listed as café curtains) and just hang them as the height you need. It would not be a large project for someone to simply hem them if they are too long. If you are feeling brave you could hem them without sewing or a tailor/seamstress should not charge a lot for this alteration.

I have also looked at shades for our windows but the cost it just too much at this time. I also think that the tailored look is not always what complements a room. I wish you luck and let us know how you make out!.
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that "toile" has nothing to do with the weight or fiber content of the fabric. It refers to a printed pattern that is a dark (blue, black, sometimes red) solid color against a white or off-white background and depicts scenes from olden times, often in the European countryside. https://www.google.com/search?q=toil...iw=992&bih=712

If you really liked the feel of the pattern, you can probably find several different weights and designs of toile at a local fabric store. Some might not need to be lined, if the pattern doesn't show through to the back.
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Old 09-14-2014, 12:33 AM
 
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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that "toile" has nothing to do with the weight or fiber content of the fabric. It refers to a printed pattern that is a dark (blue, black, sometimes red) solid color against a white or off-white background and depicts scenes from olden times, often in the European countryside. https://www.google.com/search?q=toil...iw=992&bih=712

If you really liked the feel of the pattern, you can probably find several different weights and designs of toile at a local fabric store. Some might not need to be lined, if the pattern doesn't show through to the back.

I agree with you - toile is a pattern. I think the OP was looking for café curtains which are generally a lighter weight fabric mainly used in kitchens.
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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OP what size are your windows ? and what sort of length would you like your curtains ?

The reason I'm asking is because most Toile de Jouy has a large pattern which means you won't get to see much of the pattern if your curtains are too short.
If you are having problems ordering online maybe see if you have any seamstresses in your area that could make you custom curtains, the price will probably be a little higher but at least you'll get exactly what you want.
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