Friday, September 4, 2015

Pleating shades to pattern

I coordinated efforts between design and fabricating personnel to ensure that the pattern was aligned between these two treatments. 
I LOVE purple disappearing pens.  I use them to write notes to myself right on the fabric.  (Test fabric before doing this yourself to be sure the purple will disappear or can be "erased!")
Once the cornice pattern placement was determined, the shade was planned, from the top down which is sort of backwards, to me.  It was precisely plotted out on graph paper, and the specifications noted on the fabric selvedge. The cornice placement was indicated, then the shade began 3/4" below that.
I also use the pens to draw right on the table.  The rough outline of the edges of the roses was transferred to the table so that the second, slightly wider, shade would be cut in the identical way.
When fabricating shades to pattern, it is the pattern that is important, not the actual measurements.  You need to think in terms of repeats, not inches.  Especially with any embroidery, the repeat can vary slightly from one to another, so you work from point to point. 
The cut-off selvedge was also helpful for the second shade.
The shades were reverse mounted with Rollease traversing clutches.
Thanks to installer Mario Fuentes for the photos on-site.

1 comment:

  1. Great job, yes I agree working from the top down is backwards for me too. I have done it when needed but I much prefer bottom up :O).
    What brand purple pens do you use? I have had some not good experiences with some so I am a bit leary of them. Though they surely are handy... I have tried some tailors chalks that disappear with heat and that works great on some fabrics but on others its leaves a clear line if that makes any sense..