Thursday, May 15, 2008

Done at Last!

Some of you may recall that back in January, I was sewing theatrical drapes, for reasons that seemed good at the time. I'm going to omit pictures, because frankly, it all looks the same (and not very interesting at that).

I finished a big batch of it in March, and in April I was in a drape hiatus (it got bumped out of top position by the sweater), but finally, finally it is done. The last six pieces are bagged and waiting for pickup, the drifts of fuzz have been chased around the room with a broom- I swept some out, but I have a suspicion that there are some larger clumps evolving into fuzzy new life under the baseboard heaters.

The project debrief:
(Mainly so if I ever have to con someone else into make additional drape, I'll remember how it happened.)

Black pieces: 10' 9"
Tan pieces: 10' 1"
Seam width 0.5 inches.

The finished length is 10 feet. Single-sided drape (black) was cut to 10' 9", and a casing sewn in each end. Double-sided also had a casing sewn in each end and the sides were left open. The double-sided drape methodology could be used to make lined curtains, though I would consider leaving a ruffle at the top, sew a casing in only one end, and possibly omit the supporting flap (unless the fabric was very heavy).

1. Sew the selvages of the pieces.
2. Put right sides together on a flat surface, with the tan fabric centered on the black such that there are four inches of black sticking out from each end.
3. Pin the two pieces together, and mark a line at the 4.5" mark at each end (such that there is 10 feet of cloth between the lines).
4. Sew along the marked lines.
5. Turn the piece right side out, and pin with the seam at the top and bottom, such that only one color shows on each side. You will have a flap of the black fabric folded inside- this is to form a casing so the weight of the whole drape is not suspended on a seam. Sew the ends of the flap to the tan side, so that a pipe cannot be inserted down the wrong channel.
6. Lay down the end, smoothing it so that all three layers lie flat.
7. Measure 3.5 inches from the seam and mark the line across the drape with a row of pins.
8. Sew across this line, forming the casing. Drape has casing on each end to extend the life of the drape (also ensuring that the panel is still usable at the event if one end is damaged).

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