I do hope in the time since I received your letter, and, subsequently, am replying to it, that you have reached a satisfactory conclusion regarding the issue of your maid's salaries. Which of your servants causes the largest problem? I would not be surprised if your answer was Alison McCann. I am curious, how do you speak to your maids, (Alison, for example) when they are not working for you? At balls and parties when they are attendees like yourself?
If you need help on designing and manufacturing curtains, my mother would be of great assistance. She offers workshops for precisely that! We have not sewn our own curtains yet as we have not yet decided exactly where the windows should be located, or the color schemes of our rooms which are in dire need of redecorating.