Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

Amazing Seamstress’s

Our Industry is dying.  Yes, it is really dying.  We work in a creative Field of talented Men and Women who have been mastering the will of complicated machines to create works of Art for decades.  They are not making them anymore. Not making the machines and not making the Men and Women.

The amazing People who make your Drapes don’t text or Instagram.  They don’t have “Smart Phones” of Facebook Accounts.  They work in the world of Art and Science.  They take rolls of fabrics and bend and fold them.  They cut them and steam them.  Finally they sew them and fold them.  Iron them and hang them.  The end result is often “Perfection” the way so few of us get the opportunity to know.  Perfection comes from mastering a skill that very few ever can, and even fewer even try.  These Men and Women are true Artisans and Masters of a dying Craft.

So, what of our Future?  Who will take their places? Who will work these machines?  Once these machines were cutting-edge technology.  To many of us they still are.  Like the People who run them they are 2/3 iron and 1/3 fluid.  They are 100% capable.  They are 100% dependable.  And, they are beautiful work of Arts.

We are blessed to have the People we have.  They will not be here forever and there are very few who are learning their Art Form.  We make drapes of silk and linen and, in doing so, we are trying to keep an Art-form alive.

Whether you are looking for Custom Silk Drapes, Custom Linen Drapes, Extra Long Drapes or any other Custom Drapery Style, we at DrapeStyle think that we are simply the best place online to buy custom drapes.

Thank you for supporting our efforts.

 

Custom Linen Drapery Pricing Comparison

Shopping for Linen Drapes?  We’ve done a little shopping of our own to compare pricing on custom linen drapes.  The results are attached and will give you current pricing as of May 2014.  We used some “standard sizes” as one of  the Retailers in the Study does not offer custom sizes.  Restoration Hardware offers ready-made sizes, so to be fair, we used their sizes as the basis of the comparison.

Custom Linen Drapery Price Comparison:

Drapery RetailerDrapery LengthDrapery Finished Width Drapery FabricDrapery Pleat StyleLiningDrapery Panel Price (Per Panel)
Restoration Hardware120 inches46 InchesBelgian LinenFrench PleatPrivacy Lining$455 per panel
DrapeStyle120 inches46 InchesBelgian LinenFrench PleatPrivacy Lining$387.91 per panel
The Shade Store120 inches46 InchesLinen Blend (97% Linen, 3% Cotton)French PleatPrivacy Lining$681.30 per panel

Notes:  All of the drapery panels we priced are Privacy Lined, Not Interlined.  The Shade Store only had an option for a Cotton, Linen Blend.  97% Linen and 3% Cotton.  No option for 100% Linen.

 

 

Silk Drapes

One of the most common questions that we get at DrapeStyle is about our different silk fabrics.  We offer three types of silk, all of which are perfect for making beautiful silk drape but each have slightly different characteristics.  All of our Silks are 100% natural silk fabrics.  They do not contain polyester or other fibers that are often woven into silk.  When Polyester is woven into Silk it obviously reduces the purity of the silk and ultimately it’s value.  On occasion we will offer a “Silk / Linen Blend” where fibers of silk and linen are blended together.  These are fairly common fabrics and have some very unique qualities that many Designers like.  For now, we are just going to describe our two primary silk fabrics.

Silk Fabrics are woven from raw silk that is produced from silk worms.  The vast majority of raw silk production comes from China where they have been harvesting raw silk for thousands of years.  About 200 years ago some raw silk production began to migrate to Thailand.  Thailand is now a fairly large supplier of Raw Silk to the Global Markets and is considered to be “decent” quality.  Most of Thailand’s premium quality silk stays within its own Country where it is used for silk textiles, primarily clothing.

Most experts would agree that the finest Raw Silk in the World is still produced in China.  Once the raw silk is produced, however, it is shipped to India to be woven into fabrics.  Although China is the World Leader in Raw Silk Production, they do not weave very much silk fabric at all.

When India receives that Raw Silk from China it is graded and then woven into a variety of Silk Fabric types:

Dupioni Silk Fabric:  Dupioni Fabric is a bit less refined than Taffeta Silk and is used word-wide in textile manufacturing.  The Dupioni Fabric can either be hand-woven or machine-woven and is distinguished from it’s close relative Taffeta Silk by the signature “Slubs” which are present on the fabric.  These Slubs are just the natural build-up of raw silk that is present when the raw silk is spun into silk thread.  When silk thread is destined to be woven into Dupioni Fabric than the Slubs are left in the thread which is then woven into fabric.  The result is a fabric with numerous bumps created by the slubs.  Silk Dupioni is used in garment production all over the world and is the primary fabric used in home furnishings including upholstery and, of course, silk drapes.

Taffeta Silk Fabric:  The primary difference between Dupioni and Taffeta fabric is that the Slubs are removed prior to the fabric being woven.  The extra step of production takes the raw silk thread and refines it removing all of the slubs so that all of the thread is uniform in thickness and quality.  This extra step also gives the thread more sheen and makes it a bit stiffer than Dupioni.  When the Taffeta Thread is woven into Taffeta Fabric the result is a cleaner and crisper fabric with a higher sheen.  Because Taffeta goes through more “processing” it also generally costs about 20% more than Dupioni.  Silk Taffeta is very often used for the manufacturing of wedding dresses as well as home furnishings.  Because of the sheen and texture of Taffeta it is also a very popular choice for making Taffeta Silk Drapes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

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You can see the small Slubs in the Dupioni Silk Fabric

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Silk Taffeta is a Smoother Fabric with fewer natural flaws and Slubs.

 

 

 

Sale Pricing

We’ve updated our current Sale Pricing at DrapeStyle.  Until May 9th you can get our Signature Custom Silk Drapes at 20% Off Retail.  This is about the deepest discount that we have ever offered.  If you compare our pricing on Silk Drapes with practically any other big-box retailer or online retailer you’re not going to get a better value, period.  At these prices there really is never a reason to settle for ready-made drapes when you can have the perfect length, width and pleat style for less than ready-made prices.  We are also extending our promotion on Blackout Lining.  For a limited time, you can upgrade your drapes to Blackout Lining for only $99 per panel.  You are not going to get a better deal on custom blackout drapes than at DrapeStyle.  And, our Blackout comes from Hanes, which is the Industry Standard in quality blackout drapery linings.

Our Handwoven Silk Drapes are also discounted at 20% Off as well.  If you haven’t seen this fabric you really need to order some fabric samples as soon as possible.  The Mill does not have much of the Handwoven Silk left in stock.

 

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Custom Drapes On Sale at DrapeStyle

 

 

Belgian Linen Drapes

Once in a while we like to just re-introduce one of our styles.  This afternoon we were looking at a brand new pair of amazing Estate Linen Drapes that were just finished and I realized that we haven’t really talked about these lately and they are one of our best selling drapery styles.  In case you have not seen the Estate Linen Collection you really need too.  These Custom Belgian Linen Drapes are softer and thicker than our classic linens and a bit heavier.  The weave is little more relaxed and they hand so beautifully.  Like any natural linen, they are going to be prone to wrinkles but a little time hanging on the rod should take care of them.  If you need too you can hit them with a little steam which will also make the wrinkles relax sooner.

We love to dress these linens up with edge-bands, borders and ribbons.  For a limited time you can add a solid linen contrasting edge-band at no additional charge.  None, zip, zero, so hurry.  If you want one of our Designer Fabric edge-bands we are going to have to up-charge you for those but the solids are on the house for as long as we can afford it!

Like with Silk Drapes, our Linens are a natural fabric so you may want to take advantage of our blackout lining promotion and upgrade the lining to blackout to both protect the fabric, give you more insulation and privacy.  For $99 bucks per panel the blackout upgrade option is the easiest decision you will make when ordering your new drapes.

If you need some help selecting an edge-band, border or trim, please call one of our Designers.  They love creating unique and one-of-a-kind creations for our Clients.

 

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Belgian Estate Linen Drapes with Contrasting Edge-Band

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Belgian Linen Drapes in Oyster with Grosgrain Ribbon in Black

 

Cartridge Pleat Drapes

Yeah!  DrapeStyle has it’s very first Patent!  In the drapery business we have always just sort of done things they way they have always been done for a hundred years, but not at DrapeStyle.  When we make a Cartridge Pleat Drape we basically make a cylinder or a cone.  The inside of the cylinder is empty and just about every custom drapery manufacturer in the world will stuff that cylinder with paper or pillow-fill or something else to keep the cartridge pleat, well, shaped like a cartridge.  When you “stuff” a cartridge pleat or a goblet pleat with paper or whatever you run into a couple of problems.

The first problem is that if you crush, pinch or otherwise misshape the pleat they are not going to “bounce back”.  As a result you get pleats that are either misshapen, crooked or just not, well a cartridge pleat.

Problem number two, is that when you fill the pleat with “material” you leave little spaces in there.  Little dark spaces.  And, we know who likes little dark spaces, right?  Yes, little crawly creatures.  They like to move into cartridge pleats and build themselves little nests.  And, once they have a nest they like like to fill that nest with little baby crawly things.  Before you know it you have a little crawly thing condo happening in your drapes Cartridge Pleats.  Not at all what you had planned!

So, introduce the DrapeStyle Solution to the little crawly thing happening in your Cartridge Pleats.  The Pleat Plug.  Yes, this little device may seem innocent enough but it is the answer to colonies of little crawly guys forever.  Plus, with the new Pleat Plug Technology with your Cartridge Pleated Drapes or Goblet Pleated Drapes you now end up with perfectly formed pleats that will last the lifetime of the drape.  And, DrapeStyle gets themselves a Patent for “Drapery Technology”!!

 

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The Cartridge Pleat Plug by DrapeStyle!

 

 

 

Custom Drapes, Value Pricing at DrapeStyle

In our never-ending quest to remain the leading Online Custom Drapery Retailer we have changed our pricing method a smidgen.  We call it “Value Pricing” and here is what we have done.  The vast majority of our Clients don’t really need extra long or extra wide custom drapes, they need the “standard sizes”.  When we say “standard size” we mean 84 inches to 105 inches.  About 90% of our Customers would fit into those drapery lengths and we want to be sure that we are as aggressively priced as possible.  Going forward, on the majority of our draperies you will not be charged anything extra for your exact length from 84 to 105 inches.  So if you need a 99 inch custom drape it will cost the same amount as a 102 or 84 inch panel.  This should also help if you really need a 96 inch panel but would like a little more fabric to get that “puddle” on the floor.  Now you can add a 4-5inch puddle and pay the same price.  We really should call this “Puddle Pricing!”.  We really hope this new pricing helps you extend your budget a bit and get the luxurious custom drapes in silk and linen that you want, at the length you want without having to resort to “ready-made” panels.

 

Best Places to Buy Roman Shades Online

It seems as if there are new sources of Custom Roman Shades popping-up online all of the time.  We did a little review of the pricing from each supplier and thought we would put them all into a nice little cheat sheet for you.  It is important for us to be as competitive as possible in our quest to provide our Customers with the best value in custom drapes and Roman Shades.  Whenever we see that we are not competitive with any of the products that we sell, we try to dig in and determine, “why?” and how do we fix it.

Here is a recent review of Roman Shade Pricing that we completed.

Our first comparison is for a Tailored or Pleated Roman Shade Style.  We selected a Solid Linen Fabric with standard privacy lining.

Online RetailerRoman Shade SizeRoman Shade FabricRoman Shade LiningRoman Shade StyleRoman Shade Price
Restoration Hardware48 Inch Wide x 36 Inch LongLinenPrivacyTailored / Pleated$459
DrapeStyle48 Inch Wide x 36 Inch LongLinenPrivacyTailored / Pleated$417

For our next comparison we looked at a Flat Roman Shade Panel with Blackout Lining, also in Linen Fabric.  We were suprised that Restoration Hardware did not offer a Silk Roman Shade Option.  Here are the results for the Flat Roman Shade Option.

Online RetailerRoman Shade SizeRoman Shade FabricRoman Shade LiningRoman Shade StyleRoman Shade Price
Restoration Hardware48inch Wide x 36inch LongLinenBlackoutFlat$389
DrapeStyle48inch Wide x 36inch LongLinenBlackoutFlat$331

 

We’ll be comparing prices on more options from more Retailers in the near future and publish our results.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Weight Sheer Linens

We can’t wait for summer at DrapeStyle and we are ready with new Sheer Linens.  Sheer Linen is the perfect “Cottage Cozy” custom drapery fabric for gorgeous light-weight drapes.  You can’t help but think of Coastal Living Magazine when you see these drapes and we really love them.  Right now we have them On Sale to help you ease into summer, and you can enjoy No Payments and No Interest for 6 Months with Bill Me Later.

Oh, and Don’t be afraid to add a decorative trim detail near the pleat, on the leading edge or on the border.  Our Designers would love to make some suggestion for you, just give us a call at 800-760-8257.

See you at the Beach!

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Sheer Linen Custom Drapes in Ivory with French Pleat

Combining Drapery Valances with Hunter Douglas Silhouettes.

So, we don’t really promote our Valances very often but we really love these that we did for a Client in New Jersey.  Valances can be such a great way to add a decorative detail without adding “too much” heavy fabric or drapery.  The Designer and Our Client decided to go with Hunter Douglas Silhouettes Soft Roller Shades on all of the Windows.  The Silhouettes are fine but can be very, very, shall we say “bland” when they are by themselves.  So, the Designer specified a Custom Window Valance Treatment to go over the top of the Silhouettes.  This gave the Client the best of both worlds, they wanted the privacy and simplicity of the Silhouettes with a little more customization and detail that we were able to provide with the Valances.

We made the Valances in Pebble Dupioni Silk, Lined and Interlined with an Inverted Pleat.  We added our Windsor Braid as the decorative element to the edge.

 

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Custom Window Valances Over Hunter Douglas Silhouettes

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Custom Window Valance in Pebble Dupioni with Windsor Braid Detail

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Same Blog, New Look

We’ve just updated the look of the DrapeStyle Blog and we really hope you like it.  We also have a new refreshed focus. Going forwardm I will be blogging about all of the custom drapery, Roman Shades and fabric topics that I used too, and now more “interior design” ideas as well.  After all, drapery is our focus at DrapeStyle but we are really passionate about all things “Interior Design”.  I hope you enjoy the new look and we can bring you topics that interest and inspire you.

Thanks for reading!

Lisa.

The DrapeStyle Luxe Collection

We’re excited to introduce the new DrapeStyle Luxe Collection for 2014.  These contemporary drapes are available in 25 amazing fabrics including the Parker which features the Nautical Knot Embroidery.  Our Luxe Collection is available in any of our pleat styles including French Pleat, Cartridge Pleat and Grommets.  These fabrics are in short supply so order your samples as soon as possible!

Most of the Luxe collection is comprised of Linen / Poly Blends or 100% Polyester which is wrinkle resistant and durable.  You can get an extra long drapery panel at 135 Inches long and 46 inches wide, lined and interlined in the Parker Sapphire as shown below, for under $500 per panel.  Once again DrapeStyle is proving that you can get high-end luxurious custom drapes without over-paying!  These prices are valid until May 9th.

 

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The Luxe Collection by DrapeStyle shown in Parker Sapphire with Parisian Pleat.

 

 

Custom Drapes on Sale

Really, who doesn’t love a sale?  At DrapeStyle we are constantly working with our Fabric Mills and Suppliers to get special pricing and discounts that we can pass along to our Customers.  Over the past few years the price of Silk Fabrics have skyrocketed.  In fact, Silk Prices have been increasing as much as 10% per month.  Many custom drapery retailers are moving away from Silks to lower price-point fabrics like cotton, velvet and polyester.  We have diversified our product offering to include more synthetic fabrics but at our “core” we have always been a “Silk Drapery” Company.  We have been pressing our Mills in India and at least for the next couple of months, we are getting a “break” on our silk prices.  So, in turn, we pass that “break” along to our Customers.  For the next couple of weeks you can save 15% off of our Solid Silk Dupioni Drapery Panels in your choice of pleat style including Cartridge Pleats and Grommets.  You can also still upgrade to Blackout on any size drapery panel, including extra long drapery panels for only $99 each.

If you are in the market for Premium Quality Custom Drapes than now may be the perfect time to get a great discount at DrapeStyle, but hurry, the sale ends May 9th!.

Custom Silk Drapes in Antique Dupioni

Hand-Woven Silk Matka

Our designers are often asked to explain the difference between the different types of Silk Drapery Fabrics we offer at DrapeStyle.  The three primary categories of Silk are Dupioni, Taffeta and Hand-Woven, also known as Matka.  All of our Silks are imported from India however, there are distinct characteristics that make each one unique.  Silk Dupioni is known in the textile industry for its modest sheen and less refined texture.  The natural texture and slubs in the Dupioni yarn give it a slightly less formal look, which makes it a timeless choice for any Decor.  Silk Taffeta is considered a more formal  and luxurious fabric due to its higher sheen and more refined weave.  Our Taffeta has a crisp smooth finish that looks elegant in any pleat style.  DrapeStyle’ s  European influenced, 100%  Hand-Woven Silk Collection is the new look of Silk.  We like to describe it as a  marriage between the elegance of Silk and the natural texture of Linen.  This combination gives it a unique,  heavy weight weave often used in transitional designs.  In any length, width or pleat style, this updated material has quickly become one of our best sellers.

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Hand-Woven Silk Matka Custom Drapes by DrapeStyle

 

The Weave of Silk Matka makes the fabric perfect for extra long drapes and Roman Shades.  Silk Matka is resistant to stretching, if you need longer drapes like 125 inch custom drapes, 126 inch custom drapes, 127 inch custom drapes or even longer than Matka may be a good option for you.  Call one of our Designers and let us help you determine your perfect length, width and pleat style.

 

 

 

 

Silk Curtain Photos

Sometimes I look through our old photo-shoot files and find some images that I honestly had forgotten that we even had.  So, I thought it would be a good idea to get those photos out to the public.  This edition will be limited to silk drapery images and I’ll post photos of our Linen Drapes, Velvet Drapes and the rest of our photos in later posts.  I’ll try to give you some perspective of where each photo was taken and some of the background of each as well.  I hope you enjoy.

 

Well, I guess the best place to begin is…the beginning.  This is the very first photo of a silk drapery panel that we ever took.  Back in 2006, when we took this photo, we used to shoot on large-format 35mm film.

The film would have to be sent off to be developed and then when we got the final photos back, we would have to send them out to be professionally scanned.  It would take us 2-3 weeks, and a lot of money, until we

finally had a “digital” photo that we could use for our young website.  The photographer who took this photo went on to take photos for us for over 10 years.  These drapes are Sea Blue Dupioni with French Pleat.

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Aqua Blue Dupioni Silk Drapes

 

From the same photo-shoot.  When we have a photo-shoot we use a lot of high-powered lights.  This photo taught us that when we are going to use a drapery panel for a photo-shoot we need to make sure that

we use blackout lining to prevent the flash from being seen through the panel.  If we would have used blackout lining on this panel, as we do on all of our photo panels now, the blackout would have

blocked the flash from being seen through the panel.

 

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Saffron Taffeta Custom Drapes with Inverted Pleat

Same photo-shoot.  Chocolate silk dupioni drapes with a now vintage tie-back in Schumacher Fabric.

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Chocolate Custom Silk Drapes with Schumacher Tie-Back.

 

One of the many things that I love about our Business is being fortunate enough to have amazing Clients who invite us into their homes to photograph the drapes that we have made for them.

We have never paid for a photo-shoot location.  Almost every shoot that we have had (and we have had many) are shot in the home of one of our Clients.  No “Sets” nothing is fake.

Just great Clients who have welcomed us into their amazing homes.

 

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Solid Duponi Silk Drapes in Salaam with Cartridge Pleats

 

When we started DrapeStyle one of our most popular fabrics was Embroidered Silk.  We made some amazing drapes in these fabrics that we import directly from India.

Over the years the price of these fabrics has increased by about 5 times what we used to pay for them in the early 2000’s which has made them really expensive.

Because the fabrics have become so expensive, many of the Weavers in India won’t even make it any longer as they can’t sell enough of it to make the

weaving run profitable for them.

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Embroidered Silk Drapes in Fleur Creme, French Pleat

 

New Photo-Shoot, New House.  Embroidered Silk Drapes with Inverted Pleat.

 

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Blue Embroidered Silk Drapes with Inverted Pleat

 

This is a simple single-width rod-pocket Embroidered Silk Drape.  We added a 2″ Flange to the top of the Rod-Pocket.

 

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Chocolate Silk Drapes Rod-Pocket

Here is a similar Rod-Pocket Single-Width Panel without the 2″ Flange.  These are typically used as “side-panels” and would be decorative as opposed to functional drapes.

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Rod-Pocket Silk Drapes

 

 

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Pinch Pleated Silk Drapes with Leading Edge-Band and Cut-Ball Fringe

For some reason this has always been one of my favorite photos.  This fabric was discontinued shortly after the photo was taken so we really never used the photo very much.  To me it is a very

warm and “homey” photo.  One of the things that I do notice when looking at these older shots that were taken on film is that they do seem to be richer and warmer in tone.

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Caramel Striped Silk Drapes with Inverted Pleats

You would really be amazed to know how hard it is for us to get our hands on really good silk stripes anymore.  Because silk production is now so low, most of the Mills that are making

any silk at all are just making solids.  Very few mills are even making simple stripes that used to be so popular.  We loved these wide soft stripes that were very subtle.  These were gorgeous drapes.

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Caramel Wide Stripe with Inverted Pleats

One of our popular Bordered Silk Drapes in Salaam Green and Chocolate.  We split the length into thirds.  The top-color goes on the top two-thirds of the panel and the border fabric comprises the balance.

We loved this color combination and with all of the silk fabrics that we have you can create thousands of combinations to suit almost any interior.  It’s also fun to mix the fabric types, so silk on the top,

Linen on the bottom or vice versa.  Don’t be afraid to take some fashion risks!  Our Designers can help design an amazing set of draperies for you!

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Bordered Silk Drapes in Chocolate and Salaam Dupioni

Schumacher has always been one of our favorite Fabric Mills.  We’ve been making drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows out of their fabrics forever.  This Hot House Flowers Fabric was a true classic!

We can make Tie-Backs in any of our fabrics, just give us a call to order over the phone.

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Antique Gold Dupioni Drapes with Schumacher Hot House Flowers Tie-Back

The French Pleat is one of the most popular pleats we make.  Really, the French Pleat has been a popular pleat for hundreds of years.

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Antique Gold Silk Drapes with Parisian Pleats

 So, if we can make some great Bordered Drapes, we can certainly make Double-Bordered Drapes, so, we did!  If one border is good, Isn’t two borders even better?

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Double Bordered Silk Drapes with French Pleats

 

Here are a couple of fun photos of us taking photos!

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Editing some of our photos on while we shoot.

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Making of the Silk Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle

I know that we “say it” all of the time, but it really is amazing to see how talented our Team of Seamstresses are.  They make hundreds of custom drapery panels every month and they make each one by hand.  Our Silk Hotel Drape is one of Decorators favorite styles and we love to watch them being made.

Our Seamstresses start by “Tabling” the drape, which means that they roll the fabric out onto a table and hand cut the the silk fabric to the correct length and width.  Once the drapery fabrics are rolled out and cut, our Seamstresses will then have to cut the trim fabric that distinguishes the Hotel Drape.  They cut yards of silk fabric into long strips…by hand.  They then lay the strips of fabric onto the drapery fabric and pin it, by hand every few inches.  They do this all the way around the perimeter of the drapery panel.  Once they are satisfied with the position of the trim they will tack it down with a small amount of special fabric glue.  The glue will hold the trim in place so that it can move through the sewing machines without moving.  It takes us about 6-7 hours to make 1 pair of Silk Hotel Drapes or Linen Hotel Drapes.  I know that they cost a little more than our standard silk or linen drapes but if you came and watched your draperies being made by these wonderful Seamstresses I promise you that you would think that they are a “bargain”.

I know that today with all of our technology and almost everything that we have in our homes being imported from China it is hard to believe that there are still amazing and wonderful People who are making Products right here in America.  At DrapeStyle we are all truly honored to be part of American Craftsmanship and Manufacturing.

We really, really hope that you enjoy your DrapeStyle Drapes.

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape by DrapeStyle

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape

 

The Finished Silk Hotel Drapery by DrapeStyle

 

One of our Amazing Seamstresses at work.

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One of Our Amazing Seamstresses.

 

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Silk Drapery Construction

More goes into making a high-quality Custom Silk Drape than you may think.  Here are some of the quality construction elements of why our custom silk drapes have been Designers favorites for over a decade.  These are the drapes that House and Garden Called “Beautifully Made to Order”.

 

 

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Quality Construction Features of our Custom Silk Drapes

 

A: 100% Brass Grommets: Grommets are one of the most popular Pleat Styles for Silk Drapes. At DrapeStyle, we only use high-quality 100% Brass Grommets on all of our drapery. Brass Grommets will resist corrosion and will not discolor the drapery fabric. Our Grommets are also powder-coated (when a color is selected) which is much more resistant to peeling and chipping than paint. Finally, we hand-press each Grommet into the drapery panel. Hand-Pressing helps us to protect our fabrics from pulls, tears and “puckering” that are very common with “machine-pressed” Grommets.

B: 1-1/2 Inch Double Side-Hems: At DrapeStyle, all of our drapes are made with Double Side-Hems. Double Side-Hems really define “Custom” are are typically never seen in “store-bought” drapery. When making our side hems we use double the material, including linings and interlinings to create a very thick and heavy edge for the drapery panel. Making double side-hems uses twice the fabric than single side-hems but are one of the defining characteristics of High Quality Custom Silk Drapes.

C: 100% Indian Silk: We import all of our Silk Fabrics directly from India, many of which, are exclusive to DrapeStyle. India is the indisputable leader in weaving premium Silk Fabrics used in textiles worldwide. In fact, India has been weaving silk fabrics for literally thousands of years. At DrapeStyle we use Indian Silk exclusively, and never use lower quality (although cheaper) Thai Silk or any other inferior silk fabrics. Before we make your drapes we inspect the fabric by unrolling it in front of a back-light which shines through the material showing the fabrics flaws. Unacceptable flaws in the fabrics are rejected.

D: 4″ Double Bottom-Hem: Like our Double Side-Hems, we also use a 4″ Double Bottom-Hem on all of our silk drapes. Using a double-thick Bottom-Hem gives the drapery panel more fullness and allows it to “puddle” on the floor with more weight and thickness. Interior Designers and Decorators who know custom drapes would never specify anything other than a Double Bottom Hem.

E: Bottom Weights: We sew-in steel weights to the bottom corners of all of our custom silk drapes unless instructed otherwise. These weights are unique to “custom drapes” and are absolutely critical to the appearance of a well-made drape. The bottom-weights make the drapery panel hang straight and uniform and keep them from blowing in the slightest breeze. If you want “lighter” drapes that will blow more easily in the wind you can ask that we do not install the bottom weights.

 
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Custom Grommet Drapes

When it comes to custom drapery with grommets there are dozens of options to choose from.  The most important thing to consider what the drapery application will be, meaning, are you going to be opening and closing the drapes often?  Are they going going to be custom outdoor drapes?  The answers to these questions will help you determine which is the right choice is grommets for your drapes.  Of course, you style will also play a large role in your decision making process.

If your drapes are going to be opened and closed often you will want to be sure that the size of your grommets are large enough to easily slide over your pole.  You will also want to get a drapery wand so that you are not having to “pull” on the drapery fabric, especially if that fabric is silk or linen.

If your drapes are going to be used outdoors you will want to be sure that the grommets are made of 100% Brass which will resist decay from the environment.  You will also want to be sure that the grommets are weatherized and powder-coated vs. painted.  If your grommets are painted they will chip and peel in a short amount of time.

Grommets are a great option for almost all fabrics for drapery including Sheers, Linen, Silk and Cottons.  When selecting silk you will want to be sure that the grommets are “hand-set” using a manual press, an automated press will generally make the fabric pucker and warp.

 Custom Striped Silk Drapes with Grommets

silk drapes grommets

Custom Silk Drapes with Grommets at DrapeStyle

 

 Custom Sheer Drapes with Grommets

 

Custom Grommet Drapes

Contemporary Custom Grommet Drapes by DrapeStyle

Custom Grommet Drapes in Linen

 

custom grommet drapes in linen

Custom Linen Drapes with Grommets by DrapeStyle

 

 Setting Grommets at DrapeStyle

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Birmingham Alabama

Let’s Exchange Curtain Ideas Birmingham Alabama!

If you are looking for custom drapery in Birmingham Alabama you should be contacting DrapeStyle.  DrapeStyle has been assisting customers worldwide, throughout the US and Canada, in creating custom drapes for over ten years. Our staff of experienced interior designers and drapery experts are waiting to assist you in creating the best solutions to treat your windows.
Do you have tall two story windows and need extra long drapes? Do you have a wall to wall sliding door and need extra wide drapes? No matter what kind of tricky window you may have, we have you covered! Our custom drapery consultants are here to help and walk you through the process. Confused about pleat styles? Unsure of color choice? Concerned about taking measurements? Let us take out the guess work from your project. Simply give us a call.
Don’t let your zipcode dictate where you shop. Whether you live in Birmingham Alabama or Scarsdale New York, you can own beautiful custom drapes hand stitched in our Orange County California drapery workroom. Let’s talk curtains and exchange ideas today!

Extra Long Curtains and Drapes

It seems that almost all of the new homes that are being built lately feature huge, extra long and panoramic windows.  These windows are dramatic and provide amazing views but can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to buying custom curtains or drapes.  If you visit most of the typical Retailers like Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen you are probably not going to find drapery that will cover extra long windows.  Most retailers won’t have drapes that go beyond 120 inches.

At DrapeStyle we make each drapery panel to order and we can literally make any length or width you can imagine.  We “specialize” in “custom”.  Nothing is ready-made and we seriously don’t have any templates or restrictions, and we can ship your drapes, no matter how long or wide they are to almost anywhere on the planet.  We’ve made extra long drapes for Clients as far away as Australia, and, I don’t think you can get much further away from Orange County, California than Australia.  We can make longer curtains for Homeowners, Churches, Hotels, Restaurants and really any location.  Here are a couple of photos of extra long drapes we made here at DrapeStyle.  Oh, and we can also arrange to have your extra long or wide drapes installed as well!

We made these extra long drapes for a restaurant in San Francisco.  They were over 25 feet long.

Extra Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

25 Foot Long Drapery Panels for Tall Windows

Here is another angle of the same really, really long drapes.

DrapeStyle makes custom curtains and drapes for any size of window

DrapeStyle Makes Custom Made Window Treatments for Extra Long and Extra Wide Windows.

 

18 Foot Long Custom Drapes by DrapeStyle

Extra Long Curtains by DrapeStyle

Extra Long Curtains by DrapeStyle

 

 

We can ship your extra, extra long drapes to almost anywhere on the planet.  Here are a set of drapes that were 240 inches long going to a Customer in Australia!

At DrapeStyle we LOVE Extra Long Curtains and Drapes!

long and wide drapes

Extra Long Drapes going to Australia

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