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Posted on: 7/3/12 10:38 AM
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I recently moved from Colorado Springs to Ottawa (just in time to miss the fires) and brought all my current curtains and drapes with me, and purchased some additional drapes to match before we moved. (I prefer to make them myself, but these were a discontinued colour and you can't beat $10 per panel for lined drapes, originally $70). When I opened the packages at the new house, I discovered that some were too short, and some too long. Now I know why they were discontinued. It's easy to shorten, but how to lengthen? I needed to add 2-3 inches to some panels to get them close to the floor. They had a 3 inch hem allowance. The solution I came up with was to rip out the hems and mark the correct length while the panel was hanging on the rod, making sure there was at least 1/4 inch hem allowance. I then used the leftover fabric from the drapes I shortened to make a faced hem, just like a facing on a jacket front edge. Actually, any fabric of a similar weight and colour could be used, as it will be hidden behind the panel. It appears from the front to be the same hem as all the other panels.

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elsew said... (7/4/12 8:52 AM) Reply
I think you have solved your own problem...this is exactly what I would do.
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