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Friday, September 9, 2016
Blackout shades with no pinholes of light
They might look plain, but these blackout shades for Monica Plotka Interiors are some of the best shades I've ever made. There are no pinholes of light sneaking through the blackout.
The fabric is a thin, blueish-grey linen sheer, with a chambray feel to it. The first step, as usual, was to pull a thread to get a line for cutting on the grain.
The inner blackout lining is Bella Notte Silky "Duette" which has an interlining bonded to one side. The outer layer of blackout lining is "Silky" blackout. The bottom hem is reinforced with fusible buckram, and a weight bar tube is run at the top of the hem and lightly secured with Jewel tape.
My No-Pinholes method is constantly evolving, and this is my best version yet. All stitches are staggered so no light can peep through.
Ribs have been sewn in, in between the rings, so they fall at the fold lines as the shade is raised. The side hems are secured with Dofix and reinforced with the sewn rings.
The resulting shade is substantial and important-looking. It's hard to believe it started as a delicate semi-sheer! The method and materials used are perfect for the project, but I can also imagine how beautiful this linen would be as hand-sewn semi-sheer cafe curtains.
The shades were left up for days so the folds would train. The linen has a memory of the folds, and the ribs in the front of the folds keep the fabric from buckling, so no dressing is needed. I'm super happy with this job!