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

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Always Gratefull for Wonderful Reviews from Our Clients!

As the daughter of a professional seamstress, I was at first hesitant to order custom drapes online. I was quickly won over by the speedy shipment of the sample fabrics I had ordered. The fabrics were of the highest quality and every question or concern I had was easily put to rest by the outstanding customer representatives. I ordered my first pair of double width french pleated silk curtains for my dining room. The drapes arrived beautifully wrapped and with such care that it was obvious the company took great pride in its product. The lining, stitching and detail work are all incredible. I was so reassured that I hired them again to create treatments for my study a few months later. The typical turn around time is 5-8 weeks. As the 8 week mark approached, I received notice that my fabric was still not available from the mill and I was given the option to wait for it’s arrival or change my fabric choice. I decided to wait. In the meantime, the fabric was further discounted. The representatives at DrapeStyle did not hesitate to adjust my order to my benefit. Furthermore, they expedited my order so that once the fabric arrived, it would be only a week before the drapes were in my hands. Once again, they are stunning. And so for the third time, I have placed an order with DrapeStyle to custom make drapes for my living room. I know they will be greater than I can even envision. Thank you so much, DrapeStyle, for truly providing outstanding customer service and unparalleled product quality.
Sincerely,
Melissa Bowman, MD

Introducing Mulberry Silk Drapes at DrapeStyle

We are really happy to have a new line of Mulberry Silk Drapes at DrapeStyle.  Mulberry Silk is simply the absolute finest quality of Silk Fabric you can buy.  This Silk is harvested from Silk Worms that have been raised in climate controlled rooms and fed nothing but a diet of pure Mulberry Leaves.  The result is the finest, softest most uniform Silk fibers available.  The fibers are so consistent that just one thread can be as long as 180 feet.

When woven into silk fabrics the long, uniform threads mean that the resulting fabrics are thick, uniform and free of almost all nubs or imperfections.  We are one of very few Manufacturers in the US that have been able to purchase the Mulberry Fabrics and we ordered them in 14 amazing exclusive Designer Colors.

Please order sample of this fabric and feel the difference for yourself.

 

 

Restoration Hardware Now Offers Custom Drapery

Restoration Hardware is now offering a new collection of custom made drapery in silk and linen fabrics.  They look great and are made in the US by local Workrooms who make each custom drapery panel to order.  I was surprised by a few things:

  • Absolutely no returns, exchanges or refunds.
  • Pricing is really, really high.

I am sure like most things that I have purchased from Restoration Hardware, the quality will be good.  The lead-time is only 14 days which is very competitive.  We will certainly keep an eye on the offering and I’d love to hear how the panels look and what the quality looks like.

 

 

 

Online Drapery Reviews

One of the great things about the internet is that it adds so much transparency to shopping because online drapery reviews are everywhere.  As a Online Drapery Retailer we are under the microscope with every single order, every single Customer.  Today we have to be (and I like to think we have always been) laser focused on Customer Service and Custom Support.  That is not to say that we don’t mess up.  We do.  I think the critical thing to do when “messing up” is to face up to it.  Accept the responsibility, learn from it and try everything in your power to not let it happen again.  In our business we are making a “Custom Product”, Draperies.  It may sound simple but there are a lot of moving parts to manage.  There are fabric issues, back-logs, dye-lots, deadlines and a million other little things that can simply fall off the tracks.  At DrapeStyle we’ve been a leading online retailer of custom drapery for over a decade.  We try very hard to take care of our Customers and focus on quality.  Thankfully our online drapery reviews speak for themselves.  Not 100% perfect, but, who is?  We are a business of humans making things with their hands and what is more human than to error on occasion.

Here is one of our favorites from Houzz…

This is the first time I used an online company to purchase custom drapery. I was apprehensive about the process given the fact that measurements for this type of project need to be accurate. The company was very responsive in getting fabric samples out to me quickly. I contacted them a few times to make sure that I had the correct dimensions on my order and they were very helpful in walking me through the process. The quality of the finished product is excellent as well as the customer service and the drapes fit perfectly.

 

 

My First Drapery Blog Post!

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.

DrapeStyle is Hiring in Orange County

We have a position open in our Orange County Showroom for a talented, experienced Sales Designer.  This position is responsible for working with DrapeStyle Clients for In-Home Consultations throughout Orange County.

Additional responsibilities include:

  1. Working with Clients in our Showroom
  2. Assisting Walk-In Clients
  3. Generating Proposals / Quotes
  4. Measuring
  5. Assisting Clients with Fabric Selection, Drapery Selection and Hardware Options
  6. Creating Client Sketches when required
  7. Project Management

DrapeStyle is a “Client Focused” Retailer and Manufacturer of Custom Drapery.  We offer a Team-Orientated working environment and competitive compensation.

Please see our Careers Page for additional information and details on how to apply.

Drapery Pleat Styles

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.

flat drapery panel

The Flat Drapery Panel is the most basic pleat without any detail at the top of the drapery panel.

 

 

 

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.

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The French Pleat is the most common and classic of all drapery pleats

 

 

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.

 

cartridge pleat drapes

The Cartridge Pleat Custom Drapery

 

 

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.

 

inverted pleat drapes

The Tailored Inverted Pleat Custom Drapery 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.

Eight Inch Inverted Pleat

The Eight Inch Inverted Pleat Custom Drapery

 

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.

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The classic Parisian Drapery Pleat Custom Drapes.

 

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.

The Rod-Pocket Custom Drapes

rod-pocket drapery panel

 

Grommet Drapes:  Our most contemporary drapery pleat style is the Grommet Panel.  Grommets are also very popular on Outdoor Drapes where we use Brass Grommets which are corrosion resistant.

custom grommet top drapes

Grommet Top Custom Drapes are our most contemporary style.

 

 

Curtain & Drapes Review

A nice review we received today on Houzz…

 

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.

Outdoor Drapes at DrapeStyle

Well it sure is Outdoor Drapery Season here at DrapeStyle! It seems like we go right from the Holiday Season to the Outdoor Season but we sure do love it. In case you weren’t aware well sell amazing custom Outdoor Drapes and we feature only the best Sunbrella Fabrics. Another great feature of our Outdoor Drapery is the weight that we sew into the bottom of each panel. The weight is actually a long thin flexible weighted rope that holds the drapery panel down so it doesn’t blow to excessively in the breeze. We also use weather resistant poly buckram at the header (top of the panel) and polymer thread which is also weather resistant. If you like to add grommets to your outdoor drapes we offer 100% brass grommets in a Matt-nickel finish and black finish. You are simply not going to find these quality details in any outdoor drapery you buy from any Online Retailer or Department Store!

 

 

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

sunbrella outdoor drapery

Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle

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Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle

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Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle

Silk Drapes on Sale

It is really incredible how much the costs are increasing for Silk Fabrics we import from India.  In the last month they have increase around 15% and they are up over 35% for the year.  We are doing our very best to keep the prices of our Silk Drapes as low as possible but if you are looking for Silk Drapes Online you should really hurry.  When our current sale pricing expires we are going to have to increase our prices on our Dupioni and Taffeta Silk Drapery.

From what our Suppliers are telling us the increase in Silk Fabric Prices are increasing due to a lower than normal harvest of raw silk which usually comes from China, where most of the Worlds Raw Silk Production comes from.

Linen Drapes

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.

 

linen drapes

Our Manhattan Linen Drapes are wrinkle resistant.

 

 

Making Some Extra Long Drapes Today!

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.

 

extra long linen drapes

Extra Long Linen Drapes with Silk Trim by DrapeStyle

Custom Drapery Reviews on Houzz

It is really amazing that just 5 years ago websites like Houzz and Pinterest didn’t even exist.  Today, Houzz has grown to be the premier destination for all things related to home furnishings just has Pinterest has to fashion.  One of the many things that Houzz is great for is reviews.  We’ve been getting some great reviews from our Customers, both Designers and Homeowners and I thought we would re-print some of them here.  Please excuse us for bragging on ourselves, but sometimes we just have to do it.  After all if you are looking for Custom Drapes you are probably going to visit Houzz at some point.  Thanks to all of our Clients for entrusting us to make your custom drapes!

Carol Silverstein

Relationship: Internet order
Drapestyle provided me with perfect custom made French pleated, cotton draperies.. The workmanship is flawless, the measurements are exactly to my specifications and the fabric is full and beautiful. Just gorgeous! They also arrived within 6 weeks after placing the order.. It was an excellent experience from beginning to end!
Relationship: Client
Project Date: March 2014
Project Price: less than $1,000
This is the first time I used an online company to purchase custom drapery. I was apprehensive about the process given the fact that measurements for this type of project need to be accurate. The company was very responsive in getting fabric samples out to me quickly. I contacted them a few times to make sure that I had the correct dimensions on my order and they were very helpful in walking me through the process. The quality of the finished product is excellent as well as the customer service and the drapes fit perfectly.
Relationship: My decorator placed the order with them.
Project Date: October 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
My drapes were custom made by Drape Style. The quality and workmanship was superb. The attention to detail was incredible. The packaging of the finished product was carefully done which prevented any wrinkling/damage to the fabric during shipping. The quality o the drapery hardware was also excellent. I could not have been any more pleased with this order. I also appreciated that they were made in America.
Relationship: Client
Project Date: October 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
I love my drapes! They are exactly what I wanted and were beautifully made. They’re in eggshell silk dupioni, interlined, and blackout lined. Custom length, custom width, and they even honored a special request to have the drapery rings sewn in. The quality of the fabric and craftsmanship are terrific, and the fabric color matched the sample perfectly. I just ordered a roman shade for an adjoining room and am sure to use them for drapes in all our home decorating projects. Thanks Drapestyle for a job well done!
Relationship: Client
Project Date: June 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
I can not say enough good things about this company. We recently finished remodeling our home and needed that final touch to bring it all together which meant getting some amazing drapery for the windows. I looked at many companies but nothing compared to the fabric options, quality and cost that Drape Style offered. What you get for their price point is amazing to what you can pay elsewhere. Our drapes are gorgeous and made from designer fabric with a very nice weight to them. It is the first thing everyone notices when they come to our home and probably my most favorite detail to the home. Good drapery really does bring your house all together.
I worked with one of their designers who came out to my home for a consultation and she was amazing. Come armed with so many amazing fabric options and was forthcoming with very good advice.
As well their website is great for easy navigation and purchase of drapes or shades if you just want to go for it on your own. Which I had done previously for our dining room with no regrets. I highly recommend Drape Style to anyone that is looking for dine drapes and shades.
Relationship: Client
Project Date: February 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
I absolutely love my drapes from Drapestyle! They were made exactly as I asked and beautifully done. I bought 2 sets. The quality is amazing and after I got them, I had them make coordinating pillows. The fabric choices are that California contemporary that makes my home stand out from my friends! Thanks, Drapestyle ;-)
Relationship: Client
Project Date: April 2012
Project Price: $10,000-$49,999
We use DrapeStyle on a regular basis for in-store design elements. I have found the entire team to be incredibly professional, upbeat, and ready in a moment’s notice to lend a hand and offer guidance. When working on any type of design project, time is your biggest demon. The design team at DrapeStyle goes above and beyond for us – something not many vendors will do. We consider DrapeStyle part of our DNA for success in getting our stores open on time and beautiful for our customers. Thank you DrapeStyle – we appreciate your partnership!
Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: January 2013
As an Interior Designer, I have used Drapestyle many times for my drapery & Pillow needs. The quality and customer service that I receive from Drapestyle is impeccable. The assortment of fabrics to select from makes Drapestyle a one stop shop. All of my clients have been extremely satisfied with the end result of Drapestyle . I highly recommend Drapestyle for any window covering and pillow needs. You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Andrew Joseph Designs
Relationship: Client
Project Date: January 2013
Project Price: $1,000-$9,999
I was having a party and needed drapes to complete my family room refurb. With not very much time on my hands, I turned to Drapestyle. Lisa was above and beyond helpful with everything from advice, color picks and samples. She took care of my order from start to finish and did not tire, (I think) of my endless phone calls and questions. The drapes came in enough time and looked gorgeous. I was not expecting the unbelievably high quality of craftsmanship for the price. I had been locally to price compare. I would definitely by again

Quality Custom Drapes Without Compromise

At DrapeStyle we are always trying to find ways to get our silk and linen drapes as competitively priced as possible for our Customers.  We are driven to get you the finest quality custom drapes at the absolute best price and value possible.  Our reputation is and always has been as a leader in very high quality.  When most People think of DrapeStyle they think “Quality” but it’s important that they also think “Value”.  Now, we will never be the “Low Price leader“, that is just not our style.  I think we can be the “Value Leader” though.

In the world of custom drapes we have a bunch of options, especially Online.  So consider the following.  If you are looking for new custom silk Dupioni drapes in a pretty standard length and width, let’s say you want them to be 120 inches long and 36 inches wide.  You like a French Pleat.  If you were to buy those silk drapes from DrapeStyle you would be looking at spending $380 per panel with standard lining and interlining.  You could upgrade to blackout lining for just $99 more per panel.

Now, that same drapery panel at The Shade Store would cost you just over $1,000.  Both Panels would be made to order in the USA to your exact measurements.

If you looked at Ready-Made Panels which are not made in the USA you could look at Restoration Hardware.  Restoration Hardware sells their Thai Silk Drapes which are lined but not interlined for $509 per-panel, and that is On Sale.  Now, those panels are a little wider at 46 inches per panel but they are using a “two-finger” French Pleat which requires less fabric.  If you wanted a Two-Finger French Pleat from DrapeStyle the panels would also be 46inches wide each.

So, there you have it.  At DrapeStyle, our Made to Order Silk Drapes are about 25% less expensive than Restoration Hardware’s Ready Made Panels and we are about 60% less than The Shade Store.

If that is still not in your budget you should keep an eye on THE OUTLET by DrapeStyle where you can find premium quality custom silk and linen drapes in overstock fabrics for as much as 75% off our regular prices!

When you do your homework we are very confident that we really are the best value in custom silk drapes, period.  Maybe that’s why Interior Designers in the US and Canada have been buying from DrapeStyle for over a decade.

* All prices were as of May 6, 2014.

DrapeStyle and Costco

DrapeStyle is no longer selling our custom drapes at Costco via Costco.com.  If you have ordered fabric samples for our silk drapes or linen drapes from Costco and have any questions regarding our Products please call one of our Sales Designers at 800-760-8257.  If you have already purchased our drapes via Costco and have a warranty related question you can direct those questions to Costco or a Costco Warehouse Location.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

luxury custrom drapes

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