It's taken me so long because I did not take enough pictures during the fabrication. We were spending our time trying to figure out an effective method so I mostly forgot about photos. So, here I am, and I'm going to work on it while I watch old Dr. Who episodes.
My client chose this Pierre Frey applique fabric for four pairs of drapery panels, and asked us to cut out the pieces of the motif and re-applique them to a sheer linen to create London shades underneath.
There were an awful lot of pieces to each motif, some with inner cutouts.
The next step was to sew the applique. Each piece was hand-sewn to the linen sheer by Camille, my amazing hand-sewing expert friend- and it was just as lengthy a process as you probably imagine. I don't remember exactly but I think each shade took 3 hours of hand-sewing, and that's before making the shade itself!
The draperies are made with two-finger French pleats, three inches long.
Next time I'm back at this home, I'll take pictures of the fabulous custom-made hardware that the homeowner designed to meet a particular challenge: because the walls are Venetian plaster, the brackets had to be installed on the molding. Her solution to get the draperies up and out is brilliant- more on that another time!