blackout lining for pinch pleated drapes
hello, I am making pinch pleated drapes for a large (8' x 8') sliding patio door. The drapes will expand about a foot on each side of the door, for stacking. The fabric is a medium weight home dec cotton print. I plan on using drapery hooks to attach to rings on to each pleat to slide on a metal rod. This room gets a lot of sun. It is also where we watch TV and therefore I want to block light. Do I sew the blackout lining to the panel before pleating? Will this make for a very heavy, awkward to sew panel? I am not planning to use pleating tape, but will use buckram. Do I extend the blackout lining into the header? Or do I create a separate panel that I can attach separately to the drapery hooks? If so do I make this separate panel the finished witdth of the pleated panel? Will this allow my drapes to hang nicely or will they bunch up? I really don't want to use 2 rods. Thanks for any advice you may have. I want these drapes to look good, but to make it easy if possible!