Magnificent made-to-measure curtains
Even before a stitch is sewn I can help you choose the right style to fit your room's style. I'll also ensure the drop is measured correctly and - thanks to my specialist sources - can find fabric designs that are not available in the shops.
I can help you choose curtain headers that complement your chosen fabric and the style of your home or venue. These include:
- Heading tape/pencil pleat heading
- Triple pleat heading/pinch pleat heading
- Double pleat heading
- Eyelet curtains
My curtains come with hand-sewn hems, side seams and headings for pleats - finished on durable buckram for a high-quality finish. If you want lined curtains, I also provide interlined or blackout backing.
Heading tape/pencil pleat heading
Curtain heading tapes are available in a range of styles to help you achieve many different effects, including pencil pleats. The heading tape is fixed to the curtain backing and includes cords which are pulled to gather the fabric and achieve the desired look, from pleated to 'ruffled'.
Heading tape gives a simple, classic look that is suited to both poles and tracks. This method was actually developed during World War II, when factory workers made bullet belts. The workers used to sneak pieces home and use as backing on curtains - the woven slots just fitted a curtain hook. Nowadays, the method hasn't changed, but the fabric is made on a roll instead of in belts!
Triple pleat heading/pinch pleat heading
Triple pleat headings are a traditional method of curtain heading consisting of a space and three pleats made from stiff buckram backing. Triple pleats are suitable for use with medium-weight curtains to give an elegant finish, and fit poles or tracks (with the addition of drapery hooks). Triple pleats are a very robust header that stays in place over time - no matter how often the curtains are drawn! Double pleat headers can be chosen as an alternative where a more 'relaxed' look is desired.
Measuring for curtains is not difficult, but it does need to be done accurately. I'll take measurements as part of your free consultation, but to get you started, have put together a guide to show you how it's done.