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4 Main Characteristics of a
Custom Drape

Your quality, customized curtain ought to be: complete, lined, pleated, hemmed,
and weighted. You care since all these characteristics mean that the appearance is
different, weighty, and large (not flimsy and skimpy). Let us take a better look into
every attribute.

1. Total
All custom drapes have sufficient fullness to make 'peaks and valleys' within their
own drape, thus being completely dimensional. By comparison a readymade panel is
often horizontal and will look somewhat like a sheet.
How complete if a curtain be? Standard is 2.5-times. And what it means is that the
curtain, when placed on the workroom table level, is really 2.5 times wider than the
final width of this window. It's the folds of this pleats which take up that cloth width
and finally bring down the panel into the desired finished width.

2. Lined

All custom drapes are lined. And occasionally even interlined. There are various
sorts of linings accessible: from light and thin batiste ' to heavy blackout bump. Why
should you care? Well, there are two reasons for lining the drape: it protects the face
fabric, thus extending its lifetime and adds weight and volume to the drape, thus
making it look better. Quick hint: as you drive down your neighborhood next time,
take a look at your neighbors' windows (OK, I admit it, I do it all of the time!)' if you
see white lining facing the window, they most likely have custom drapes.

3. Pleated
Custom drapes have pleats. No but's or if's. It is the pleats that give that tailored,
hand-made look. It is due to the pleats that the drape can retain its fullness. There
are many different kinds of pleats available: from traditional and standard pinch, to a
more updated and streamlined inverted box (refer to my earlier article about types
of pleats).

4. Hemmed and weighted

The standard for all custom drapes is a 2" dual side hem plus a 4" dual bottom hem.
All hems are also blind-stitched, so that the face cloth only shows little stitches
(rather than the row of equipment stitching as a readymade would). Last, little square
weights are inserted into the corners of the bottom hem, so to weigh it down and
make sure proper drape. Why should I care, you may ask again? Since hems and
weights all contribute to the greater appearance, drape and hang of this panel.

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