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  • Arched window sample

    This is the small sample curtain I made on my recent course. It was made to fit a 'dummy' arch in the classroom, but the method was such that you felt confident you could use it on a customer's window. Sorry pictures are not better quality.

    [attachment=1:30l52dyt]arched heading.jpg[/attachment:30l52dyt]

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    [attachment=0:30l52dyt]arched heading close up.jpg[/attachment:30l52dyt]
    Louise


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    Re: Arched window sample

    Louise did she teach you to use sections of buckram in the top?
    Have you registered your business yet?

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    • #3
      Re: Arched window sample

      Yes, we set pieces of buckram in to the pleats (but not the spaces) - ends cut to an angle to ensure they were caught in the stitching when you formed them. We also discussed adding tape to the seam at the top of the spaces if were had been working with a fabric that might stretch.

      (No prizes for naming the fabric.......one of our favourites!)
      Louise


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      • #4
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        Oooo well done Louise, it looks lovely. I'd love to know how to calcualte and make arched designs. I'm not that confident at it and live infear of arched windows lol!

        Glad you enjoyed the course, its one I have been looking at.

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        • #5
          Re: Arched window sample

          It is a method in several of my books where you make a paper pattern from the arch, then cut it into even-sized vertical strips which become your pattern pieces. The pattern pieces become the 'spaces' and you add fullness between each one to make into pleats. One of those things you read and think looks straight forward, then perhaps catches you out when you try it!

          It was great to do it together and discuss as we went along, also learning from each other if someone got stuck, or had suggestions.
          Louise


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          • #6
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            Your sample looks fab. I've never yet come across an arched window I need to dress but I'm sure it'll happen eventually. Where did you do the course? Actually don't worry - I bet you've posted it already somewhere else so I'll go and look!

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            • #7
              Re: Arched window sample

              I made curtains for an arched window. I omitted the buckram. Instead I inserted buckram inside the pleat to give form. They looked lovely
              Karen Rhodes
              Karen Rhodes Design
              Pole Design

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              • #8
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                That looks great Louise. I'll know where to send any enquiries I get
                Jane

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                • #9
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                  Hello Louise

                  It looks really impressive - I got some cushions to match that fabric! Hope I dont get asked to make some.

                  Thanks for posting a picture.

                  Kathy
                  K W Designs
                  Bournemouth

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                  • #10
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                    wow ! looks fantastic so impressed , would this look word for a dormer window i have to do which has sloping angles at the tops? Any help would be much appreiciated as i am dreading doing this window.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Arched window sample

                      You could adapt this to work on a slope but the top of the curtain is static so tiebacks/holdbacks or italian stringing are required. You might find the top of the curtain blocks too much light.

                      I have sent you a private message with more info.
                      Louise


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                      • #12
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                        Wow. that looks really well made. Don't think i'm confident enough to even think about trying something like that.

                        Well done you
                        Chris

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                        • #13
                          Re: Arched window sample

                          Hi Louise

                          You say that you could adapt this for a slope, how easy is it?

                          I have just been to look at a job today with a triangle shape above some french doors, do you think that I could adapt this to suit these.

                          The client has been told by lots of people that they wouldn't touch the job, but I know that I'm new to making a living out of curtain making, but really fancy a challenge.

                          Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

                          Thanks
                          Anita
                          Myharrysmum

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                          • #14
                            Re: Arched window sample

                            The method is as described in M&D Encyclopaedia of Curtains, p144, or Maureen Whitemore's Home Furnishings Workbook p68. Basically make a paper template of the window which is then the 'spaces' of a handmade heading and insert equal gaps between them for fullness of the pleats. If you cut the template into even pieces approx. 12-14cm you can pin them on the fabric leaving gaps for the pleats. If you make the gaps the same size as the paper pieces that will make a panel double fullness. Stitching the pleats together will close the spaces up again and re-create the shape of the slope/arch.

                            You would need to fix in place with velcro onto a batten, then have tiebacks or stringing to hold the curtains open.

                            Another member did this in a similar sounding window to yours and there are photos here.
                            Louise


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                            • #15
                              Re: Arched window sample

                              I made arched window curtains a few years ago. What I did was use really stiff dressmakers interfacing which comes in wide widths 90cm . I cut this to fit the whole curve and then had the stiffening all the way along the edge. My own improvisation. If you can find a fine buckram in a wide width you could do the same.
                              Karen Rhodes
                              Karen Rhodes Design
                              Pole Design

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