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How on earth do I do this?

Posted by onefineseamstres (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 21:45

Nearly all my experience is in Alterations/Tailoring. It's all I've ever done & I consider myself an expert. I retired but want to keep doing a little side work for a little extra $. I have done a little with windows etc. A local small shop contacted me about doing window treatments. I told them up front I know how to do some of them so they wanted me to sub contract some work. What I've done, they've liked. Somethings are easy and I can make the pattern. Some I can not. Pattern making, or copying a pic isn't that easy & is a whole other field!. I don't know how some curves/folds go to get final product in the pic! The treatment they want is the bottom left. It is evidently 3 pcs. Right/left/and the center "horn". I can do the horn, and come up with the center part good enough. But the end is all one pc. I've tired with cheap lining to get a pattern, It dont' work. I'm certain it requires laying it out right...cutting out pcs and folding together... . She copies this stuff out of someone's book and wants me to copy their pattern. You can not buy these patterns. She keeps telling me to just do it... that it's just folding and "maniuplating" the fabric... I know it's not. Is this even legal to copy someone's pattern and sell the treatments? Those who hold degrees in pattern making, etc get paid a lot more than a seamstress does... I'm just ready to about quit working for her all together. (she is a very nice lady, just don't know nothing about sewing) but she can sell a job. I hate having to admit, that this beats me! I hate missing out of the jobs... IF I ONLY had the pattern I could whip them out. I'd get $25. per foot to make & put this on the board and she's got 5 windows sold IF I can do it. I just can not cut her fabric knowing I can't make it work. Stuff was $45 a Can anyone cut a pattern like this? How can you get these patterns..? I never find stuff like this online or YouTube.

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RE: How on earth do I do this?

Did you try googling it??

RE: How on earth do I do this?

Try this:
You might find some other patterns there that will work. I've used one of their patterns and it was very well done.

RE: How on earth do I do this?

It looks very similar to this one on the bottom right without the tab top.

Here is a link that might be useful: McCalls window treatment

RE: How on earth do I do this?

I've goodled it... Nothing shows up. I've looked at all the pattern books... nothing close. Some might look similar, but this isn't gathered or bunched, it's got specific folds. This also goes on a board.
I'm just thinking now... I think this woman needs someone who can come up with her patterns before she hires a seamstress.

RE: How on earth do I do this?

It looks like a loose gathering in the center and just draped on the sides of the pole.

Here is a link that might be useful:

RE: How on earth do I do this?

She keeps telling me to just do it... that it's just folding and "maniuplating" the fabric... I know it's not. You are correct. These things can be as complicated as a tailored suit.

I've seen patterns for them in old home decorating books - they show the shape of the pieces and have a grid.

What's confusing you is that the tab thing in the center is not attached to the swag: it's a separate flap. Also, it's a mix of a "fishtail" valance and a gathered swag ... probably cut and sewn separately

My mistake: it's a double swag with the panel (called a "trumpet"). I found a 3-part how to do a swag valance ... she's pleating it and stapling it to the board,

It starts with the calculations, then cutting and then pleating it onto the board

She has a whole series on swags!

Swags with trumpets:

Here is a link that might be useful: fishtail valance

This post was edited by lazygardens on Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 7:54

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