Show Drapes (finally) in hand!

Last year Breyer had me design a prototype for a set of show drapes to fit their wood barns. It’s taken me the majority of the year, but now I finally have these in hand, and I’m so excited!!

I got two, one to keep in box and one to set up because I know I wouldn’t be able to stand it otherwise.

Here’s everything freed from the packaging. The drapes were actually sewn to the box, so I ended up using my seam ripper to carefully remove them. All the pieces were really anchored in there!

Here’s the tack trunk cover. I don’t have one of Breyer’s trunks but it fits my custom one, which is very close in size. I think I picked it up from Michael’s years and years ago, and I’ve seen similar for sale at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby.

I didn’t have any say in the other accessories, but they’re super cute. You get a wood bench, and two potted plants. I can see them being used with a jump too.

The ribbons are printed on cardboard cutouts, with a folded edge to hang over the drapes. I do have a tutorial on how to make custom show ribbons here, and I’m hoping to update it in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. 😉

And the drapes themselves, on the barn!

The set comes with three wood dowels and two metal tubes they can slide into. To fit the large barn, connect all three dowels with the tubes, and for the smaller two stall barn, only connect two. The drapes slide on like curtains. 🙂

Mine are slightly too long for the large barn, so there’s a bit of bowing in the middle. That’s an easy fix with some trimming or sanding though.

My overall opinion? I am super impressed. There were some things that were changed from my original design, but they make sense with mass production in mind. These are very, very close to the prototypes, and I’m so happy with how they came out in the end!

This is a limited edition for 2019, and will be retiring at the end of the year. If you’re interested in picking up a set, don’t wait too much longer! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Show Drapes (finally) in hand!

  1. That is sooooooooooooo cool!!!!! I wish I had a small room that I could convert to Breyer horses and accessories. And set it up the way people who like the miniature train sets do. I would have western and English show barns and arenas, a race track and race barn, a vet center…..I need a bigger house! But I think it is completely awesome that you designed those and that they will be in production!!!

  2. Amazing! I’ll be sure to see if I can pick up a set soon! Great job on the design, I loved them when you first announced that you were designing them and still do! For the show ribbons, do they come off the cardboard or they’re all permanently affixed?

    1. Yeah… maybe it’s selfish but I kind of hoped they would. But they did send me two barns to work with, so I won’t complain 🙂

  3. Very neat! Especially that they sent you barns to work with, even if they didn’t send you the finished product. We have a big, annual Arabian show here in Arizona every February and one year I got to help set up some of the stable decorations so seeing this brought back those memories. I think I’m going to have to try to hunt me down a set.

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