Since moving in our house I have been working on lengthening all our curtains because I can't find any long enough (for a good price that is!). I recently saw these fabulous curtains on the internet from Urban Outfitters- since they are almost $80 a piece and I need 4 curtains for our living room I set to work searching on the internet for a cheaper knock-off.What I came up with was actually a shower curtain from BedBathStore.com. They were only $23 a piece - woo hoo!!!! Yes they are shorter (and wider) than a regular curtain but I figured no curtains are long enough and I have to add fabric anyway so there really isn't a difference.
The black portions at the top and bottom are from a faux-silk curtain from Hancock Fabrics. I got them on sale for $20 (they would be great curtains on their own- really pretty and a great price!). I basically cut off the top and bottom of each black curtain then sewed the white ruffle curtain in between the two pieces. Using the "already made" black curtain meant I didn't have to hem the top, bottom, or sides. I got the curtain rod from Home Depot - you can't really see it but it has a cute finial in black and white. So each curtain was $20 for the white and $20 for the black which ends up being half the cost of the Urban Outfitters ones (and THEY would have needed additional fabric too!). These ruffle curtains would be darling in a girls room too - you could buy two to sew together if you wanted one long ruffle curtain. You could also add a little color to them by sewing a little ribbon trim at the end of each ruffle, or every other ruffle. My hope was that by adding the black it makes them a little more formal (but still fun!).
I found my dining room curtains at Target - and again they were too short. I didn't want to add different fabric to them, so to make them long enough I just bought an extra curtain panel and cut it apart to add to the bottoms then covered the seam with some pretty trim I got at a fabric store.