Over on the Retro Renovation Facebook fan page, a note about Kathleen’s spectator pumps… led Marcia to recall a 1965 dress made from blue and white dotted swiss… which led me to remember that dotted swiss was a most appropriate midcentury curtain fabric. I’m pretty sure that, yes, circa 1960s, dotted swiss was the fabric of choice for frilly girls’ bedrooms — curtains and draping princessy poster beds, too. It also was commonly used as cafe curtains in kitchens, the eat-in kitchen area and in bathrooms, especially at Grandma’s house. She probably sewed the curtains herself.
Fast forward to retro-today, and I think that swiss dot curtains would be a perfectly lovely choice for sheers in a bedroom, maybe tucked behind pinch pleats (optional). There is nothing quite like the sunshine dappling through sheer draperies. The dots give the sheers just that little extra textural- and for us, retro-something.
The look: kind of softer retro… yes, grandma retro, in a very sweet way. Heck, keep the frilly valances and excessive poufy gathers at bay, and in fact, I declare Dotted Swiss: A timeless design choice.
The go-to source for dotted swiss seems to be Country Curtains, which is based just one town over from me here in the Berkshires — yay for the home team. Country Curtains has dotted swiss in both white and ivory. And, you can get matchy matchy with your pillow shams and dust ruffles; yes, in the girl’s bedroom do it.