Below are our favorite 17 practices when undertaking any Drapery Fabrication project:

  1. Check to be sure that all fabrics are right side up and right side out.
  2. Center pattern prints in all sections of the same treatment and/or all treatments in the room.
  3. Make sure the tops of all print draperies in the same room match.
  4. Ensure that the print is straight across the tops of treatments with no drifting.
  5. Ensure that all spaces that are intended to be equal are visibly equal, e.g., spaces between pinch pleats and grommets in a shower curtain.
  6. Avoid putting a seam in the middle of a treatment.
  7. Ensure that all stripes and/or plaids are as straight and centered as possible.
  8. Place seams in pleated draperies beside the pleat at the junction of the pleat and the space.
  9. Seams will need to be hidden wherever possible, e.g. box pleated valances.
  10. Use odd numbers whenever possible, e.g., number of swags on a window, number of scallops in a valance.
  11. Cover all boards with either fabric or paint.
  12. Fabricate double 1¼ inch or 1½-inch side hems in drapery panels and avoid seaming the lining to the face along the sides.
  13. Abide by 2½ times the width as the minimum standard for custom fullness.
  14. Use weights at the bottoms of corners and seams in draperies.
  15. Achieve even lengths.
  16. Hem face fabrics in window coverings with a true “blind-stitch” machine or by hand and avoid straight stitched hems or domestic machine-hem stitches. (Lining hem can be straight stitched)
  17. Abide by the safety standards for corded treatments, i.e., draperies and soft shades, and apply the labels and hand tags as required in the American National Standard.

*reprinted with permission from Kitty Stein