Sometimes we all need a little help visualizing what the final outcome will look like. Architects and Designers create renderings all the time to help their Clients “see” their ideas. At DrapeStyle, we are happy to so the same. After all, no one has a wider variety of custom draperies than we do. So, we are happy to help you “visualize”. If you are looking at one of our silk or linen draperies and would like a better view of what different fabric colors may look like just give one of our Designers a call. We will either create a drawing, or sketch of a design for you or we will create a digital rendering where we adjust the colors of our drapery styles to match your selections. In the end, you get a better visual tool to see what it is you are ordering before you place your custom drapery order.
You would think that all Grommets are created equal. The truth is, that if you are buying your drapery from most of the larger retailers than, they probably are. Not at DrapeStyle though. We buy all of our Grommets from the premium supplier in the US for drapery supplies. They sell a range of quality (and priced) grommets. I would bet that most manufacturers are simply going to buy the cheapest and at nearly $1.00 per grommet it hard to blame them. At DrapeStyle we only buy the best grommets available, period. Our grommets are heavy weights. They won’t bend very easily or crack. Nothing worse than buying gorgeous silk drapes and having a grommet crack and tear the silk fabric. Ruining one set of silk drapery is going to offset any savings you are going to get from buying cheap grommets for a long time.
For our Outdoor Drapery we use very thick grommets that are made of 100% brass. Brass is resistant to corrosion and will not tarnish like most every other metal. If you are buying any Outdoor Drapes from anyone, please insist that the grommets are made of Brass. Our Brass Grommets can be powder coated in a variety of finishes.
Growing up I was fortunate enough to have a mom who runs a drapery company; sounds a tad unheard of, selling drapes that is. When you’re growing up, no matter what grade or age, your peers, teachers, and friends are usually curious of what your parents do for a living to mentally determine what they predicted you would grow up to be. I always had a difficult time explaining what exactly my parents did, because being an 11 year old girl in Mrs so-and-so’s 5th grade class, not everyone knew what the words ‘distributing’ nor ‘manufacturing’ meant… and the same patterns followed until I got to about 8th grade. I had one friend of mine who always asked how my parents’ hairstyling salon was going… she had a little bit of a harder time comprehending the words ‘manufacturing’ and ‘distributing’ … along with the words ‘drapery business’ as well, apparently. But in all seriousness, I liked telling and explaining to my friends what my parents did because it was unique… my dad didn’t work in a cubicle and my mom wasn’t a stay-at-home mom; I liked that it took me more than four words to describe my mom’s profession… ‘she doesn’t work’ didn’t quite fit her career description, but ‘a hard-working, patient, and sacrificial mom’ was close enough to sum it up if I were to put it in a few words. I don’t have a hard time expressing myself, nor my opinion, and that may be generated from the endless options of drapes and shams I am able to choose from to throw in my room and call my own creation… although I cant quite call it my own, yet I have a room that fits my personality and preference as a result either way. When I help in the showroom, I have stamped and stared at enough covers of catalogs as a procrastination strategy to kill time before Amy noticed to have the motto of the company permanently engraved in my knowledge … ‘Beautifully Made to Order’, and I have to agree. I have seen many draped wrapped up in the plastic covers about to be shipped to their customers by the dozens to know what beautifully made drapes look like. I have an idea what effort is put into them because I see the Ladies in the Workroom busting their butts sewing them together stitch by stitch, yet they still seem to love their job almost as much as my parents do. I didn’t know people could actually enjoy work… now I do.
Like I said, this company is unique, stitched together with scattered words such as ‘manufacturing’ and ‘distributing’, but once you’re 14 and writing a blog post for your Dad, it doesn’t seem so bad.
At DrapeStyle we offer nine unique pleat styles online. Our Seamstresses can make practically any pleat style so if you have seen a pleat style that is not offered on our website just give us a call and we can typically make it. Here are some of our most popular pleat styles for our custom drapes.
Flat Drapery Panel: On a flat panel we hem the top of the drapery and add a buckram tap to the header. The buckram stiffens the top of the drapery panel and also supports the drapery pins which attach to the drapery rings.
French Pleat: The French Pleat is also known as a “Pinch Pleat” is one of the most iconic and classic of all drapery pleats. French Pleats are most commonly formed with “three fingers” and also available in “two finger” styles.
Cartridge Pleat: To form a Cartridge Pleat, our Seamstress will create a cylinder in the drapery heading which is then filled with one of our Patent Pending “Pleat Plugs” which keeps the cartridge pleat form uniform and consistent.
Inverted Pleat: One of our most popular drapery pleats is the Inverted Pleat. The Inverted Pleat can be both classically traditional and contemporary. With the Inverted Pleat the Seamstress tailors a 5 inch inverted fold in the heading of the drapery panel which are sewn from the back of the panel.
8″ Inverted Pleat: Another version of the Inverted Pleat that we offer on our Custom Drapes is the 8-Inch Inverted Pleat. Essentially the same as a standard Inverted Pleat but we add an additional 3 inches to the length of the pleat.
Parisian Pleat: A Parisian Pleat is similar to the French Pleat but the “flute” is pinched and tacked at the top of the pleat as opposed to in the center.
Rod-Pocket: The Rod-Pocket Panel is a very common and simple drapery pleat where the drapery rod is inserted into a “pocket” at the top of the drapery panel. Rod-Pockets are typically found in “Ready Made” department store drapes.
DrapeStyle provided amazing custom window treatments and hardware for our home. The quality, craftsmanship and design help and advice was/is excellent. We shopped all the usual suspects for custom drapery/treatments. Drapestyle did it the way “I” wanted (drapery & valances & Roman Shades) and at a reasonable price – reasonable for custom treatments 🙂 All hand made in the USA including high quality USA made hardware. I finished the install just last night and am absolutely 100% thrilled with the results.
We love to combine different textures with our drapes. We’ll often combine Roman Shades and Woven Shades. So often Clients think that they have to chose between “shades” or “drapes” when they can actually get a great combination of texture and depth by using both styles in concert. Even if you are dealing with larger windows where you need extra long drapes or extra wide drapes you can still get a great look with either a Roman Shade, Woven Shade or even try layering a sheer behind the draperies.
Also, don’t think that if you are looking at two treatments you are looking at double the price. When you are using two different styles we can often save your budget by using less material in the drapery, especially if you are just going to be using it as a static panel. Give one of our Designers a call and we can help you find the best solution for your windows.
I had a chance to get out and visit one of our Suppliers near Los Angeles yesterday. It was hot. Like 106 degrees hot. This supplier is where we buy our iron drapery hardware and we have been buying from them for years. They had a fire last year that nearly destroyed their business and it was time to make a visit and see how they are re-building.
When I started to walk toward the office I noticed that they had their workshop door wide-open. Standing in the sun was something that not many of us ever see being used, an anvil. And yes, it was being used. One of their Artisans was standing there and literally hammering out iron that would eventually become a drapery finial. The outside temperature was 106 and I imagine that inside the workshop it had to have been 120.
We use words like “hand-forged” and “hand-made” very loosely these days. I am sure that if you really dig down deep into the way most “hand-made” things are really made you might be a little disappointed. I stood and watched this Man hammer that iron for a few minutes and I felt a sense pride. Not really proud of DrapeStyle but just proud that their are People in America that are still making things with their hands. And, there are Companies that, when they say, “Hand Made” they actually mean, “Hand Made”.
One of the most common questions we get is about our linen drapes wrinkling. It’s no secret that linen fabrics are prone to stubborn wrinkles and no one wants drapes that look like crumpled paper. The simple answer is that linen drapes are going to be more wrinkled than any other fabric that we carry but there are some things you can do to help.
First: Please make sure that you open the drapes as soon as they arrive and hang them as soon as possible. We keep all of our drapes hanging until the moment that they are bagged and then boxed. As soon as they are boxed they are shipped. We never leave any of our drapes boxed for an extended period of time. I like to think of them as “fresh produce” – box them and get them on the truck! Once you get your drapes hung they should relax pretty quickly and the wrinkles should fall out by themselves over the course of a few days.
Second: If you have hung your linen drapes and they have a few stubborn wrinkles in them you can steam them out. Don’t use an iron but get your self a garment steamer and fill it with distilled water. You will need to steam them pretty thoroughly but please do not steam the fabric so much that they get “wet”. It will be helpful to stream from both the front and back of the fabric.
Finally: Really bad wrinkle? You will have to break out the iron. Use a medium heat setting and get a small travel-size iron-board that you can hold up behind the drapery fabric. Doing this will allow you to iron your drapes while they are hanging which is the best way to iron them.
We recently launched our new line of blended linen drapes, we call them the Manhattan Linen Collection. The Manhattan Linens are great because they are woven with a small amount of polyester which really helps to reduce or even, eliminate wrinkles. These Linen Drapes give you the best characteristics of 100% linen with the wrinkle resistance of polyester. Order a sample and have a feel for yourself.
Most people think that if they are looking to buy custom drapes online they are going to have to give-up service. After all most online drapery retailers are just huge call-centers that churn and burn sales people every couple of weeks. You may have a catalog in front of you from one of these retailers and call their call-center to find that the person on the other end of the phone doesn’t know much more about custom drapes than you do.
At DrapeStyle, things are different. We’ve had the same Team of Sales Designers for over 7 years. They are not commission based and they aren’t trying to sell you anything that you don’t need. In fact, our Designers are more concerned with having a happy Customer than making a sale.
Our Designers are also “real” Designers who have gone to school to learn there trade. After School they have worked in Design Firms where they have actually met with Clients, prepared drawings and specified custom drapes for extra long windows, wide window and really every kind of window you can imagine. We have to pay our People more than what a “call-center” would have to pay their People but we think it’s worth it. As a matter of fact, we know that it’s worth it. Our Designers are true “consultants” and they are very capable of making sure that when you order your custom drapes you are getting the right size, pleat style and lining option, including blackout lining, that your will work in your living room, bedroom or where ever.
When you are measuring for your custom drapes you may want to consider adding 4-5 extra inches to the length as a puddle. A Designer Secret for creating more elegant drapes is to add a puddle which spreads our on the floor beneath the drape. A puddle will also give the illusion that your windows and ceilings are taller. At DrapeStyle we often use drapes that puddle on the floor in our photo-shoots as they are more traditional and elegant. If you need any help in measuring for your draperies, even if you have extra long windows please give one of our Designers a call and we can help you to determine the perfect length for an elegant puddle. We would be happy to provide you with free fabric samples along with great advice. For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been the very best place to buy custom drapes online.
You can add an elegant puddle to your custom drapes in either linen or silk fabrics.
Adding a puddle to striped silk drapes with a tassel creates a unique designer look.
One of the common themes that we are finding is that more and more of our Clients are converting their living rooms into more of a Home Theater Room. They are going with the larger flat panel televisions and want to make their living rooms as “Theater Like” for those afternoons where they want to crawl up on the couch and watch a movie or a game. We always try to suggest to them when considering their living room drapes to upgrade to our Blackout Lining option. Blackout is a synthetic lining which blocks out about 98% of the light from penetrating through the drapery fabric. The result is that blackout helps to convert your typical living room into a Home Theater Room. And, maybe the best part is that you can upgrade to blackout lining for only $99 per panel – any size panel, at DrapeStyle.
One other added benefit is that the blackout lining is going to help protect your all of your interior fabrics from sun damage and fading, including your carpets. And, if that is not enough, Blackout will also help reduce your energy bills by providing additional insulation. If you are buying drapes for you living room, you really should give Blackout lining some serious consideration.
We’re making some really long and really wide custom drapes today for a Client in New York. These are Linen Drapes in our Hotel Collection and they are just over 15 feet long and 9 feet wide. These are really big drapery panels and adding the trim is not an easy task. The trim is hand cut out of silk fabric, tacked to the linen drapes and then sewn on. These are true Artisans at work! Notice how she is using a straight-edge to guide the silk trim on the linen fabric.
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.
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.
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”!!
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.
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.
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.
At DrapeStyle we make a LOT of custom silk drapes. Been making them for well over a decade and shipping them all over the US and Canada. Most people know that silk is a natural fabric that is woven from the raw silk produced by the Silk Worm. Most raw silk is harvested in China and then chipped to India where it is woven into Silk Fabric and shipped all over the world. India has been the predominant producer of silk fabrics for literally hundreds of years.
Our silk fabrics arrive from India on rolls that average about 40-45 yards each. They are all 54 inches wide. The first thing that we do when we are preparing to make a set of silk drapes from our fabrics is to roll the fabric out against a light. We do this to look for imperfections in the silk fabric before we make any draperies from it. As a natural silk, most people know that it is going to have natural flaws or imperfections, especially Dupioni Silk. At DrapeStyle we have set “standards” of what we allow to pass and what we reject. When we find flaws that we reject we have to cut the entire length of fabric to remove the flawed area. Silk is expensive and having to cut portions of fabric out of roll and discard them hurts our profit margins. It’s not the way other Manufacturers do it but we think that it is the right thing to do.
At DrapeStyle we like to think of ourselves as on the “cutting-edge” of technology. I mean we have the iPad Apps, we are “Cloud Based” and our phones are VOIP. Yes, we are cutting-edge. We have cutting-edge technology in our Workroom too. Cutting-edge circa 1936. I love this equipment. The sewing machines that we use to manufacturer our drapes are straight out of the Industrial Revolution. These things are made out of steel, not a piece of plastic to be seen. They run 14 hours a day, 5 days a week. When I say “run”, I mean they are sewing, in constant motion for 10-12 hours a day and they have been doing that for roughly 60 + years. It is truly an amazing feat of “Technology”. We keep them maintained and well oiled and aside from that they just work. No re-booting required. Some of these machines have made tens of thousands of custom drapes.
Let me introduce you to a few of them…
First, I’d like you to meet our “Tacker”. This machine was made in Leeds England in the late 1940’s by the Adamson Machine Company. The Company has long been out of business so they obviously “don’t make these anymore”. The tacker is used for making drapery pleats like a French Pleat or Pinch Pleat. The Tacker just makes one deep stitch over-and-over again. The tacker is very powerful and is capable of sewing through multiple layers of lining and interlinings without missing a beat. If you own a Drapery Manufacturing Company you simply “must have” this machine or one like it and, you seriously can not buy one of these “new”. As a matter of fact, this one is just getting broken in and should be around long after all us are gone.
Now let me introduce you to our Drapery Pleater. We have a few of these by my favorite has to be our Singer 269. The 269 began it’s life in the 1950’s as a “Tacker” like the Adamson but in the 1970’s a Company from New York called Camatron started to convert old 269’s into Drapery Pleating Machines. The converted 269’s are a highly coveted work horse for Drapery Workrooms and are still very popular. Like the Adamson, they work all day long without skipping a beat.
The “Youngster” of our Crew has to be our US Blindstitch Machine. The Blindstitch is used to stitch the sides of the drapery panels in a very specific way. The stitch that the Blindstitch is “loose” so that the sides of the drapery panels don’t pucker or wrinkle. The tension of the stitch is very critical and varies depending on the thickness of the drapery fabric being used. Our US Blindstich was built in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
I sincerely look at all of these machines as works of art and I love to watch them run. When I think about the talent that went into designing this “technology” I am simply astonished considering that these machines were designed and manufactured before the computer age. These machines were literally designed using a slide rule and a calculator and they work within a hairs-width tolerance.
There are plenty of people who question why we would be making custom drapes in America when we could simply have them made in India, Pakistan or China. I guess that the only answer I can give is that we are passionate about what we do, the tools we do it with and the Customers we do it for. We’ll keep making custom drapes right here in American as long as American’s keep buying our Custom Drapes.