Thursday, April 9, 2015

A time to break a rule

Pleated gauze has been available for a number of years now, but this was the first time I'd seen it with the pleats running the length of the bolt instead of across the width.
For relaxed romans 53" long, we were just able to railroad the fabric, joining on a half-width at the bottom so the seam would be hidden behind the first permanent fold.

This project is a good example of when it's appropriate to use an alternate fabrication method to best suit the fabric and the product.  The designer- Berniker Decorators in Katonah- requested that we wrap the return halfway around the board, to help fill in the hourglass shaped gap that often is unavoidable with relaxed shades.
Our normal double 2" side hem which we have used if these were flat Roman shades would be too bulky for this situation, so we decided to pillowcase the fabric and lining.  I can't even remember the last time I pillowcased a shade.
The wrap-around worked perfectly: the fabric flares out a bit and prevents gapping.
It was fun to see all five shades hanging in the workroom.
But it was even more fun when Scott sent me this picture, all five shades installed!


  1. Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing your work.

    Darlene Nudy

    1. Thanks Darlene! You've got some beautiful work on your blog :)