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Need Stately Style?

Need Stately Style?

Extra height was added to the room here by making the curtains floor-to-ceiling length. Let’s Make up.

Size: Tie-backs measure 46 5 x 12cm 118 1/2 x 4 1/2 in) Swags and tails to fit pole 200cm (80in) long with finished length of 288cm it (15 1/4 in)


You Will Need for Stately Style

lie-backs: Leftover curtain fabric Stiffened material, eg buckram Matching thread Curtain rings

Swags and tails: 6.5m (7yd Sin) main fabric, 137cm (54in) wide 1m (40in) contrast print fabric, 137cm (54in) wide, for binding Matching thread.

Main Curtains: These lined curtains were made following the instructions on pages 29-30. As the cotton fabric used was not heavy weight, extra warmth and weight were added by the use of a thick, insulated cur­tain lining. When working with a printed fabric with as intricate a design as this, great care must be taken to match the design per­fectly. However much time it takes you to tack (baste) the lengths together accurately before they are stitched will be more than repaid by the effect created.

The fabric has a fairly large design repeat and the extra pieces left were ideal to use for the matching tie-backs.

Voile Curtain

With such dramatic a print for the curtains as used here, it would have been virtually impossible to find a lace or net that would not detract from the effect already created – so choose something very simple like this voile! The voile curtain was made following the instructions for sheer curtains on page 32. The lengths were joined using a flat fell seam and the heading tape used allows the curtain to be gathered up and suspended from a rod or stretch wire. As the fabric is so sheer, to have simply turned under the raw edge across the top of the hem would have left a visible line. Therefore, to avoid this, the raw edge was folded down to the finished hem line, making the hem an even three thicknesses of fabric all over.


The simple shaped tie-backs shown on these curtains were made from the leftover fabric from the curtains, following the instructions on page 37. As the fabric is such an intricate design, they were not piped, but simply stitched around the edge to hold everything in place.


Swags And Tails

The dramatic contrasting swags and tails across the top of these curtains are created by using an unlined length of fabric, thereby greatly reducing the amount of fabric needed and its weight! When making a swag from a single thickness of fabric, choose one that looks just as good from both sides as reflects the design of the curtain fabric. To coordinate the look further, it is finished with a wide binding of the same print as used for the curtains. Although both sides of the jacquard fabric are different, they are also very simi­lar, one side being the ‘negative’ of the other.

Making up

  • Trim away both selvedges from the main fabric length, and cut the ends straight. Mark points along one long edge 80cm (32in) in from the ends. At one end of the strip, fold the corner in so that the fold runs from the marked point to the opposite corner at that end. Trim away the resulting triangle of fabric along the folded the wrong side of the fabric is highly likely to show The fabric used here is a solid coloured jacquard weave that line and discard. Trim the other end in the same way, ensuring that the marked point is along the same side of the strip as at the other end.
  • Fold 2cm (A in) to the wrong side along the longest edge of the strip, turn under the raw end and stitch in place. Press.
  • From the print fabric, cut 14cm (5 1/2in) bias strips and join these to form one length of about 9m (10yd). Use this strip to bind the remaining three raw edges of the main section, mitring the corners and having a finished binding width of 5cm (2in). Press.

Hanging the swags and tails

  • At each end of the finished strip, fold the ends into eight separate sections concertina- fashion to give a ‘waterfall’ effect to the binding across the ends. Remember that both ends must be done exactly the same, with each fold falling on the same side. Secure these pleats with one or two stitches placed about 100cm (40in) from the very end.
  • Find the centre of the strip and mark this point along the bound edge with a safety pin.
  • You are now ready to suspend the swag from the pole – and you will probably need a friend to help! Start by positioning the securing stitches at each end of the strip (above the waterfall tails) on the top at the ends of the pole – have the tail falling behind the pole and, for now, one large drape of fabric falling forwards Position the tails so that the longest edge falls towards the centre of the pole and make sure the fabric length is not twisted You may find it easier to hold the tails in place while the swags are draped if they are secured to the curtain pole with drawing pins or panel pins.
  • Now take the centre of the big drape of fabric under the pole, up through the back and bring it out over the top of the pole to the front again, leaving a fairly tightly wrapped section of fabric around the end sections of the pole and a large drape at the centre.
  • Wind this drape around the pole again in exactly the same way as before. Arrange the swags so that the safety pin falls midway across the pole and so that every­thing looks neat and even.
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