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Date: 8/21/13 12:25 PM

I just received an estimate for window treatments in my master bedroom(four windows, two regular, two small on the sides of the bed). The estimate was close to $8,000. Really!

I already have the pinch pleat tape for the draperies. The challenging part is going to be the swags and cascades on the valances. Wish me luck all I will be asking questions as I go. Thanks for reading

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Date: 8/21/13 5:23 PM

Hint: Google M'Fay Patterns. They always turn out super well for me! I know they are having website problems this week, so you may have to call them to order. Expensive, but worth the $$, especially compared to $8000!


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Date: 8/21/13 6:45 PM

Thanks! I will check ou M'Fay.

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Date: 8/22/13 7:15 AM

Window treatments are not as hard as they look. I definitely second the M'Fay patterns for swags etc. Pay attention to the size of the pattern when ordering. She often has 2-3 patterns for the same style. The difference is the size. You can also see a FAQ for each pattern, as well as fabric requirements. The instructions are excellent.

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Date: 8/22/13 11:48 AM

I second that the window treatments are not as hard as they look. Good luck. Have fun!

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Date: 8/22/13 1:36 PM

I am not surprised at the cost. I recently got an estimate for my MIL's small bay window. $800 for a simple box pleat valance - mostly labour as I had the material she wanted to use. It seams ridiculous what they charge.

I have never done cascades because I have no clue how to figure out the math and the actual pattern for the size I want. I do know they can take a lot of fabric especially if they are cut on the bias.

OTT, the hardest part about making window treatments is making sure your measurements are accurate as well as your sewing and seam allowance is accurate. Also meticulous attention to the grainline or drapes - and probably cascades & jabots - won't hang right.

IMHE (experience) - the grainline can be a problem with some materials that have a pattern. Be very careful of this.

With many of the fabrics I get where I live, the pattern is off grain. So the choice I faced was do I want the pattern to be straight or need the curtain to hang straight?? In small valances like box pleats I can normally go with having the pattern straight and it will still hang okay. I would not be able to make drapes or any treatment that needs to hang straight and not twist AND have the pattern straight.

If you get really good fabric this should not be an issue. But I recommend you really check before you invest your money and time in making them.

Good luck!!

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