Then, when the curtains went through the rain a time or two, they got this ruched look (next photo) which means, I think, that some of the fabric shrank and some did not. Curses!
I did not wash either fabric before I started because I did not think either would shrink noticeably. The tan fabric is half polyester, so I was really trusting that it would hold its shape. More curses!
From here on out, I am pretending that I intended to have ruched stripes on my balcony curtains. Sigh.
I'm mad. I'm mad for the reasons above, but also in the older usage of the word, this was an insane project. It was too much fabric, and while the thickness of the canvas is great for blocking the sun, it was terribly difficult to wrangle on my sewing machine. It took a lot of time to sew these curtains and dulled all my pins. When the curtains were done, I threw away the pins and got new ones.
In retrospect, I should have bought the thin outdoor curtains I saw everywhere online, and just lined them with heavy fabric (not canvas!) to truly block the sun.
If my curtains can't be the example to follow, at least they can be a warning. Let us think on happier things.