Thursday, October 28, 2010

Drapery Progress...


After hanging the drapes I noticed a few things. First, the clip rings were not doing these heavy drapes justice. The weight of the drapes were pulling down the panels, causing them to sag, leaving too much room between the top edge of the drape and the drapery rod. Additionally, the lower section of the drapes read too dark in an already darker room and what is up with that light switch peeking out from behind the panel? Am I the only one that is irritated by oddly placed switch covers?


To make the needed adjustments I purchased some drapery hooks, which after being attached to the panels will simply be slipped over the existing rings. Luckily there is no need to remove the clips already on the rings...they won't even show once the drapes are hung.


I also decided to extend the rod length and add another ring to each end of the rod, which I just happened to have on hand. Hopefully this will allow the panel to fall a little further over on the right side, covering at least a bit more of the switch plate. (Yes, this is one blurry photo, but I was on a ladder, taking the picture with one hand. As I tell my kids, safety first!)


Then the hooks were inserted at the top back side of the drapery panels, at even intervals. While making the drapes I had fused heavy weight interfacing along the top edge, which provided a sturdy area to secure the hooks. Adding fusing along the top edge also helps the drapes hold their folds after being hung.


Afterwards the drapes were rehung. What a big improvement!

With the hanging issue corrected, it's now time to hem the panels. Then I'll attach a band of trim along the lower edges, made from this fabric...


...similar to how bands of fabric were attached to the drapes below. (See tutorial here.)


Maybe the drapes will be done tomorrow? It's looking hopeful!

33 comments :

  1. When I make drapes I use pleater tape at the top. Even though I don't pleat my panels, they add the stiffness needed and I use the channels for my drapery hooks. No Need for measuring. I just count the channels between each hook.

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  2. Oh...and our builder put all the light switches 12-14 inches out from the door frames. So annoying!
    Especially when I'm trying to hang pictures.

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  3. Loving the direction you're going in with these drapes! And I only use drapery hooks. I like the look better than clips. Well, I used clips in Antonio's room, but other than that, hooks all the way!

    And, did you see the pillows Erika put on twitter that she made using your tutorial?! They turned out FANTASTIC! I have to get a sewing machine now! How do I know which one is best?

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  4. oooo, those drapery hooks make such a big difference. they look great!

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  5. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that is totally irritated by the placement of light switches- ha ha! The drapes are looking great; can't wait to see the finished product!

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  6. Looking lovely, Janell! The cream band will be a perfect exclamation point!

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  7. Your bedroom is looking wonderful. I have to ask, are you using is that slubby linen you are using for your curtains? It is one of my favorites.

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  8. I'm using Slubby Basket, the linen/cotton blend version of the Slubby Linen fabric from Calico Corners. Love the texture and it is really easy to work with, the look of a textured linen but doesn't wrinkle much at all. Here is the link:

    http://www.calicocorners.com/p2p/searchResults.do?method=view&search=basic&keyword=slubby+linen&sortby=priceAscend&page=1

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  9. Love the drapes! They do look much better after the second hanging. Good luck with the rest of the sewing. Your bedroom is really shaping up!

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  10. The drapery hooks make such a huge difference - can't wait to see the finished product!!

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  11. Loving the drapes. I am about to make some for my daughter's room and am trying to decide on whether I want to make pinch pleats or with simple folds like yours. I think your design has less work involved - they look great!

    I too can't stand the placement of light switches. I have some just in the middle of my foyer - hard to hang up art work etc! Argh!

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  12. The interfacing made such a difference in how they hang. I have some in our bonus room that could use that. {glad you have the switch plate cover covered! . . .}

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  13. I think they look great, Janell! I try to do the "ring on the other side of the bracket" in my own and in my client's homes. I think it looks much better than having everything come up against a bracket.

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  14. I detest drapery clips. The hooks give it a much leaner, more finished look.

    As for the banding...it may help bring attention to the table. My other thought is to add a floor lamp in that corner to brighten it a bit.

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  15. Yes, light switches and heating vents are always getting in the way of my draperies ! They look great, the fabric is beautiful.

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  16. Wow, you're a stellar seamstress and this room is looking like a wooded wonderland. Chocolatey goodness ; p
    Great work!
    Alcira

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  17. looking good - can't wait to see the rest of the come together. something tells me its going to be stunning! :)

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  18. Love hooks, love the cream stripe, love it all!

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  19. Awesome!! I never knew about drapery hooks. Me and Megan were just talking about the clips today and how too much shows. Love this idea!

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  20. Oh, and not on YOUR curtains...we were talking about our own! xo :)

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  21. Light Switch Cover .... they sell clear ones (used mostly when wall is wallpapered) that you could use there. It would probably not be so claring as the other one.

    Beautiful.

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  22. your drapes are looking great! can't wait to see them with your contrasting band at the bottom. We've got switches/thermostats/etc in the most awkward places - seriously, can they not put them at the edge of a wall and not in the middle?

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  23. Loving it so far, can't wait to see the finished product!

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  24. you have the patients of a saint, I swear!
    Cant wait to see the panels on the bottom now :)

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  25. I could not even come close to doing what you're doing...amazing!!!

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  26. They are gong to look wonderful!!! I love those red and white ones to!

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  27. What an improvement! I can't wait to see the band sewn on!

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  28. They are looking beautiful, Janell. I applaud you for tackling such a huge project. The fabirc is lovely.

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  29. I was wondering how those extra hooks you bought would work on the fabric. I purchased the same ones and was afraid it would hurt the (client's) fabric. I see you used heavyweight interfacing--so glad that worked out.

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