Monday, January 12, 2015

Two trims, two designers, some pretty valances

Funny how some fabrics and trims make multiple rounds through the workroom.  Even odder how some arrive at the same time from different decorators for different applications!
On the left, these two trims were layered to make one, and hand-sewn to Empire valances.  For a different designer, in two different rooms, the blue on the top right is a darker version of the lower left lighter blue and it was used on London shades, and the same raffia ball tassel was sewn into the seam on a valance.
I worked on all of these treatments at the same time, and they were installed within days of each other!
The doubled trims were first machine-joined.
The ensuing trim was first glue-basted to the valances, above the self-microcord, and then I went back and hand-sewed it both top and bottom edge.
The hand-sewing was necessary to keep it really flat along the microcord without any awkward buckling.
The valances are Empires, gathered instead of pleated, with horns that extend out and widened so I could make a sort of goblet pleat, dressed with buttoned Maltese crosses.
For the other designer, the raffia ball tassel was set into the self-lined flat shaped valances, so the tape doesn't show.
I'm not sure but this might just be the prettiest thing I've ever made.  The silhouette was based on a Moreland valance, but we flattened it out, joined it to its mirror image with a center pleat, and added stripped-down tails.  It doesn't get much prettier than this, in my book.
The blue tassel trim was applied to two classic London shades.  I can't believe I didn't take a close-up!  Also I didn't document the process of laying out the pattern- but the shades are drawn up so high that it doesn't even matter that I sweated over pattern layout!  Oh well.
Odd coincidence, huh!?


  1. Such beautiful work Deb! Love the trims together. Thanks for the demo on how to sew two trims together.

  2. Beautiful! Love reading your blog posts!