Beautiful Draperies Reveal Retirement was no “Curtain Call” for this Richmond Grandma

Sewinit's Karen Curcio getting a silly hug from one of her grandchildren

When Karen Curcio retired, she didn’t sit for a minute in an easy chair and wait to watch the world go by. She blew out a bedroom in her home to create a workroom to design and sew draperies that adorn many homes all over Richmond.

Custom Draperies by Sewinit!

After attending design school in North Carolina where she created custom draperies for some of the cottages lining the Biltmore, she launched Custom Draperies by Sewinit in Richmond. Now that workroom is filled with heavy-duty sewing machines, drapery lining and fabric samples galore.

A custom valance created by Sewinit

Her amazing work includes custom pillows, curtains, bedspreads, shower curtains, and just about anything that needs to be sewn.

A simple valance like the one pictured at the left is a great way to create a beautiful look for less.

If you’ve never had custom draperies, you’re in for a treat if you work with her, not only does she have a creative eye, but she also has great ideas for saving money by creating designs that can use less fabric; some of those are pictured here. Many more, including custom nurseries, are pictured on

You can also save by using our Savvy Saver Card, request one here, free.

I’m pretty proud of her, and of course I’m biased–after all, she’s my mom! :-) And as many of my friends and their friends can attest, she’s no “ordinary” grandma.

Kate Hall

Kate Hall is the Founder of and author of Richmond Rocks and Richmond Rocks Spooky Sequel, two fun history books for kids. She has three children ages eleven to six and is truly appreciative of the 185,000 + visitors who visit the blog every year, and for the amazing team of writers who create unique, valuable content. Kate is thrilled to have created a cool place for Richmond, VA parents to learn, grow, and share while supporting local charities.

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