Window panels are in - but not quite right
I posted a while back regarding the bay window in our DR. Found a great fabric and had panels made. I wanted to carry the casual look of the panels in my LR into the DR since they flow into one another.
The fabric is on the heavy side - not a velvet, but the weight of a velvet. The installer hung them (he also made them) but couldn't get the bottoms to keep their pleats. (or whatever that's called) They look great at the top, but then open up and don't keep the pleating from about 2/3 the way down. So then he took some plastic and tied them. They look better - but it's not the look I was going for. They come off looking more formal to me... I'm just not in love with them. He will be making me ties out of the same fabric.
This was my inspiration photo:
Here are a few shots from different angles - please excuse the plastic ties:
One of the issues with them fanning out is that I don't want too much of the windows covered. If the darn things stayed straight they'd be perfect.
Here is my LR - adjacent to the DR (older photo - the panels are looking a little sloppy - but they really do hang nicely):
Am I being too picky? Is there anything I can do to encourage them to hang straight? Lightly iron the pleating perhaps?