So without delay let's jump into our first segment: Definition of Custom Window Treatments.
What are custom window treatments? Custom Window Treatments are defined as any window treatments/coverings that are made with specified measurements and specifically for the customer.
This includes Hard Window treatments (such as blinds and shutters) and Soft Window treatments (such as draperies & valances). I'm going to focus my discussion on Soft Window Treatments since this is what I primarily deal in.
Are there standards for professional custom treatments? Yes there are! Professional window treatments are created by a "workroom" or "fabrication studio". Here are just a few of the standards.
- All seams should be serged and finished with an overlock stitch.
- Patterns should be matched exactly at seams.
- Avoid topstitching unless it is an integral part of your design.
- Coordinate the color of the thread w/the fabric.
- Hems should be blind stitched or hand hemmed.
- Bottoms hems should be at least 4" to 6" and doubled.
- Side hems should be 1" to 3" wide and double turned.
- Trim should attached only to the face fabric - never through the lining.
- Treatments should always be lined unless sheer or a semi-sheer look is desired.
Please feel free to post your comments and suggestions for my Segment next week.... (hope it wasn't to dry....LOL)