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Cathie Gulliver
519.763.6945
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
cathie@sewsimpleelegance.ca

FABRICATION STANDARDS
interlined drapery


    Draperies

  • All corners are hand-finished with no visible stitching
  • Drapery weights are included in the bottom of all corners and seams
  • Where seams are visible patterns are matched at the seams
  • Steps will be taken to ensure fabric patterns do not drift
  • Steps will be taken to ensure spaces and gaps that are intended to be equal are visibly equal
  • Wherever possible, seams will be hidden behind or inside a pleat
  • Even lengths will be achieved
  • Where pattern dictates, such as plaids and stripes, all attempts will be made to pleat to the pattern
  • Drapery pins are inserted at each pleat and on side hems
  • Optional Extras For Draperies

  • Hand-sewn fabric bottom hem and side hems
  • Hand-tacked pleats with an overcast stitch in coordinating thread
  • Hand-made chain joining fabric and lining at the bottom of each seam and at half-widths
  • Interlocked interlining
  • A strip of interlining can also be inserted into the bottom hem of the face fabric for a softer couture finish (advisable for silks)
  • Roman Shades

    There are many ways of creating roman shades and Cathie will make them any way you wish. However, unless specified, Cathie’s standard is to make romans with ribs/rods every 10"-12” resulting in folds of 5"- 6” depth. This style is easier for your client to raise and lower and requires less if not no dressing of the blind once in position. For greater control and accuracy, Cathie constructs her roman shades with hand-stitching and the bottom corners are mitered (style permitting).

    French Blackout

    Traditional blackout lining normally has a rubbery backing and as a result does not drape and flow softly. Pin holes of light will typically show through where there is stitching. French blackout is a technique using drapery lining, interlining and a black cotton fabric. It can be used on draperies, shades and valances. With this technique you still get the luxury of soft draping with typically 100% blackout and no pinholes at the stitching lines. As a bonus, the black cotton fabric has a close weave and also acts as a good insulator. Optionally, there are now newer drapery linings on the market, made from polyester, which are luxuriously soft and give up to 95% blackout. These new drapery linings can be used either as a lining or an interlining and the fabric for the most part is self-healing at the stitch-lines. Cathie can discuss the various options with you.

    Interlocked Interlining

    Interlocked Interlining is a European method where the interlining and the face fabric are treated as one. Interlining is hand sewn with an interlock stitch down the length of each half-width and each seam. The interlining is also taken into the hem of the main fabric for the soft look of a couture finish.

    Toss Cushions/Duvet Covers

    Wherever possible, Cathie uses colour co-coordinated concealed zippers on all cushions and/or duvet covers that require a zipper closure.


Testimonials

“Monica's bedding is GORGEOUS!!! - she loves it, and rightly so - it is simply the nicest bedding I have ever seen!”
TL — Ariss, Ontario

“They look unbelievably perfect!!! Thank you Cath!
MP — Elora, Ontario

“Many thanks for the lovely blinds and cushions. Everything fits perfectly”
Sue — Woodford, England

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