Shaped Banding on a Faux Roman Shade
What a fun project this was - it was so enjoyable that it wasn't even like work at all. Oops, don't tell anyone I said that! My assignment was to fabricate two faux roman shades with a shaped banding on the bottom with a valance on top. Here are the steps I took to make that happen.
First Row Left: The faux shade.
First Row Center: The first step was to draft the shape. The easy way to do this is to take bead weight chain and move it around until the desired shape is laid out. I did this on contractor paper from Home Depot. I drew horizontal lines one inch apart. When the shape was just right I pinned the bead chain in place and then penciled it in. One and a half inches was decided on for the band size.
First Row Right: I transferred the shape to pattern paper and cut it out, cutting out both front and back pieces for each shade. Next I traced the shapes onto heavy weight iron on Pellon and cut that out. Each banding has a front and a back.
Second Row Left: A beautiful gray blue linen blend was chosen for the banding. I laid out the Pellon band on the bias onto the linen and ironed it onto the linen. Adding generous seam allowances, I cut out all sections of the banding.
Second Row Center: I placed front and back sections together and basted by hand along the bottom edge of the Pellon.
Second Row Right: After careful hand basting along the bottom edge of the Pellon, I machine stitched along the bottom edge of the Pellon.
Third Row Right: Moving to the work table, I carefully turned over the seam allowances and steamed it all in place. The bias let the linen follow the curve perfectly and without any distortion.
Third Row Center: The finished banding ready to apply to the shade.
Third Row Right: Next I laid the paper pattern out onto the bottom of the faux shade. The shade was already fabricated with lining and interlining as I normally do.
Fourth Row Left: The first fold of the shade was pinned in place so that I could determine where the shape should be. If the shape were too high the shade folds would hide it; too far down and it would look awkward. After I was happy with the placement I pinned the pattern in place and cut out the shaped bottom. Then I hand basted all layers of fabric and linings together to keep it all in place for the next step.
Fourth Row Center: Positioning the banding onto the shaped bottom takes a bit of patience. The shaped bottom will fit perfectly inside the shaped banding.
Fourth Row Right: Turn the banding up both front and back and hold in place with Wonder Clips. Wonder Clips are the best for holding fabrics in place!
Fifth Row Right: By now you know that I do a lot of work by hand stitching. It does look a lot better than machine stitching in some cases and is totally invisible. Carefully fold back the edge just a little and stitch both front and back in place. in place.
And there you have it - perfect shaped banding!