Pattern repeat, width measurements, and pleat style all have an impact on the finished appearance of your drapery, so predicting EXACTLY where your pleats will fall along any given pattern is incredibly difficult prior to receiving your fabric in our workroom.
Patterned fabrics with less predictable geometric repeats and more of a natural flow to the print are oftentimes a more suitable choice for pleated drapery styles.
But through all of this, we've got your back! Our customer service reps. have years of experience, and our talented artisans may have some helpful suggestions along the way. There are just SO many exciting options available for your custom design!
For example, the same exact product can take on a TOTALLY different look, depending on whether you've selected a solid or patterned fabric.
See the dynamic differences between these custom shades made with a variety of patterned vs. solid fabrics.
Notice the dramatic change in appearance between these two King Windsor Valances, with one made from patterned fabric and fringe trim, and the other made from solid fabric with a self welt.
The same goes for our upholstered products. The bright patterned print used for this first headboard has such a different finish than the same headboard shape upholstered in a solid fabric.
In contrast, the same fabric can take on a completely different look depending on the type of product you've requested!
Some fabrics have a totally different material makeup that might call for additional considerations.
Silk fabrics, for example, have a lovely classic texture, but require a thicker solo napped combination lining or flannel interlining for a proper finish.
Crushed velvet has also been incredibly popular lately! But keep in the mind the exact specifications for your product before selecting velvet, as it can become quite heavy and isn't always a great fit for certain products.
For example, we're unable to use velvet fabric for quilted bedspreads. Plus, adding multiple layers of velvet with custom accents like applied velvet banding or welt can become too bulky to sew.
While interlining is a great choice for certain styles, thicker fabrics may become too bulky when paired with interlining.
The thickness of your fabric is an important consideration for fabrics that will be ruched or gathered.
Try to select a 'lighter' fabric for styles like this- thicker fabrics can quickly become impossible to gather, or can potentially finish with too much bulk.
Although most upholstery fabrics work well for custom cornices, the C49 cornice with gathered bands and tabs is the exception, requiring fabric with less weight. We are unable to gather down thicker fabric for the bottom band of this cornice style.
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