What’s in a drape anyway? There are many techniques which can make the finishing of a window treatment much more luxurious. Some of these techniques are simple changes of header styles, embellishing leading edges and hems with trims, welts or bandings. Each can create a unique finishing detail to a drapery.

Dressing your windows in style can range from the very simple to the very elaborate. Simple techniques can be used to create even a flat sheet into a fun and fanciful treatment. The truth be known, anybody can make their own curtains. However, personal creativity, time, desire, budget and space are factors which may dictate the route taken, whether home-created, ready-made or custom-made. Each offer levels of service and knowledge which affect the outcome of your window finishing.

Whether making your own drapery, buying ready made or relying on a designer or workroom to custom design your window treatment, certain drapery knowledge and terminology may be helpful. “Sew What’s” in a drape anyway?…..

Header refers to the top of the drapery. Headers can be flat, pleated, shirred, bound, smocked and more. Depending on the header style selected, buckrum, a stiffening material or special tapes may be utilized to create the header detail.

Hem Allowances may vary depending on the desired outcome. Custom workrooms have traditional standards which provide a rich and elegant finish which allow a drapery to hang gracefully. Hem and header allowances must be added when purchasing yardage to create a drapery. Not planned in can be a costly error if fabrics have been purchased and are no longer available.

Linings are available in a variety of types and colors which serve specific functional and decorative purposes. A quality lining in neutral color is favorable for protecting decorative fabrics from fading. It also adds luxury and body for draping purposes, and provides a clean look from the outside in. Linings are available in cotton, cotton blends, polyester, thermal-suede and black-out. Patterned and solid color fabrics are best lined to minimize fading over time. Sheers are normally left unlined. However, consider a separate liner or shade behind a sheer which can provide privacy, while allowing the sheer to remain elusive.

Inner-lining is just what it expresses; it is a layer of lining (flannel-like) between the decorative face fabric and the lining. It adds tremendous body, elegance and life to a drapery. It is over-the-top construction with fabulous outcomes!

Sew What’s in a drape can be simple or detailed. I like positive outcomes and welcome your inquiries or a visit to our studio/workroom at Village Interiors, 1615 Cypress Drive, Jupiter. Come by or call Nancy Sylvester Abbott. Phone: 561-746-0686 .