SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login

Tips & Techniques > Lengthening curtains/drapes

Viewed 5608 times
Posted by: Auntie Susan

About Auntie Susan star
Member since: 12/8/09
Reviews written: 40
Sewing skills:Advanced
Favored by: 6 people
tips added: 13
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 7/3/12 10:38 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people   Very Helpful by 4 people   
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.

<< Previous    Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

Login to Add a Comment
elsew said...
I think you have solved your own problem...this is exactly what I would do.
7/4/12 8:52 AM
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
Break your Serger Out of the Box
Break your Serger Out of the Box


Clone Your Favorite Garment
Clone Your Favorite Garment


Jamie Christina Pretty Ditty Apron Pattern (JC303PD)

Jamie Christina Pretty Ditty Apron Pattern (JC303PD)

Buy Now
Victory Nicola Paper Pattern

Victory Nicola Paper Pattern

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.