Friday, August 21, 2015

Big shade for sliding door

My mom would've said I'd flipped my lid.  Does anyone use that expression anymore?  She had some doozies.
This shade is 80" wide and 86" long, made from a really really wonderful embroidered cotton.

100" cuts needed to be joined.
First I glue-basted because I just knew that pinning was not going to be enough security for me to get a good match.
Then I realized that I could not sew this by machine and keep the pattern from noodging forward as I sewed, so I decided to hand-sew the vertical seams.  This is something I never did before last December.  It takes a lot of time, but I've discovered that it's quality time- meditative and calming.  Also, it probably takes less time that it would have if I'd sewed by machine and then picked out every little non-match that I didn't like.
I trimmed the seams with a rotary cutter, since these shades are not blackout and the shadow needed to be perfect, too.
Once it was on the table, I could see how neat and square the pattern was- really an excellent piece of fabric.  I pressed in the side and bottom hems.
Double-wide lining is awesome!  With a perfectly square face fabric, I was confident that I could fold back the excess lining and trim it to size, saving time later.
Once most of the shade was done, I pinned-pinned-pinned, shifted, and finished the top few rows of rings.
There are many ways of weighting a shade.  Especially with such a large treatment as this, I like to construct shades so that the bottom rings are at the weight bar so it's pulling up with the extra reinforcement of the weight bar pocket.  Also I hate to take the shade off the table for any reason, so here is the method I chose for this shade.
Designers Resource is my life-saver when I need a stronger lift system than my everyday options.  They set me up with this Rollease Skyline clutch.  It is a very capable system and super easy to make. 


  1. I do not like to take the shade off the table either if it can be helped.. You really do quality work!. I agree with you on hand sewing, sometimes its as fast or faster in the long run and can net a nicer end product. I seem to be doing more and more of it myself.

  2. Hi! I don't understand why some comments do not pop up for days..... oh well...... Yes sometimes the slow way is actually faster! Not to mention nicer.......