Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Another sheer shade

Today we installed more sheer shades.

The variety of fabulous sheers available these days seems to be endless, which makes fabrication a lot of fun.  There's also an endless variety of fabrication methods, so you pick and choose at each step to come up with the best possible product.
It was important to me to make sure the pattern on this shade overlapped so it would not be all jumbled up on the side and bottom hems.
This shade was lined with a winter white voile.  Once it was tabled and all the hems pressed in, the shade was weighted down to keep it from shifting while sewing the rings.  No need to mark for rings- the grid was easily visible through the sheers.
For extra security, the sides and bottom also were pinned to the table, and the layers were basted across the pocket and just above it.
I didn't want any distortion of the pattern due to take-up from stitching, so I didn't sew the side hems.  Instead, I took a tiny tack right in the middle between rings, where the shade would fold.  The fabric held its pressed seam perfectly, and that little stitch prevented any buckling or gapping.
I made sure to baste well, because after everything else was done, I took the shade to the machine and sewed a pocket for the weight bar.  You can see I took tiny tacks between the rings on this horizontal row, as well.
Can you see the weight bar?  Just barely!- because it's actually 1/2" extruded acrylic.  The acrylic is not very heavy, but for this context, that was fine.  This shade will rarely be raised.  The acrylic is amazing, but must be used with discretion.
I couldn't be happier with this shade!
Tomorrow I'll do another post about the sheer dining room shades in this same house.

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