Drapery and bedding, part 1

by brae  

Today was a fabric day, and I used my vintage Millie August Magic Mini pleating tool.

I turned under the four edges of the fabric panels first, but I didn't sew or glue them.  Once the drapery is in place, it won't show and it won't be touched so fraying isn't much of a worry.  Plus, I find that there is less pulling and binding when the edges are left unsecured.

The instructions indicate you should wrap the fabric around the metal slats and then use a steam iron.  So, that's what I did.  :]

I removed my panels just before they were completely dry so I could manipulate them more.  For the bedroom wall panel, I adjusted the pleats by hand on a piece of waxed paper.  I had to pleat this panel in sections since it was wider than the number of pleat bars could handle at once.

I used Aleene's Stiffen Quik to hold the shape.  The panel will stay here until completely dry.

For the parlor drapery, I took a scrap of foam core board and attached a spare piece of wood trim using double sided tape.  This gives the drapery a straight back to lean against.  Using as few pins as possible, I created the fold where the tie back will be.  Pins do leave holes in the fabric that can sometimes be tricky to remove, especially on white fabric where the slightest dark spot can show so easily.

A good spray of Aleene's Stiffen Quik, and the panel was set aside to dry.

I started the bedding, first by applying a layer of millinery batting to the foam core board mattress base.

I added sheets made from the same sheer white floral fabric used for the drapery.  Since there would be a coverlet, I opted to keep the top sheet short to cut down on the bulk.

I sewed the coverlet from the fabric April sent to me, adding a plain white backer.  I would like to try my hand at an unmade bed, but in the interest of time I went with my standard treatment.

Hooray!  :D

Next up, finishing the drapery and making some pillows!


Comment from: April [Visitor]
Added some stiffen quick to my shopping list, thank you. The drapes and bedding are lovely. Now, where in the world did you come across that vintage pleater?
07/28/13 @ 18:54
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks!! :>> I found the pleater on eBay quite awhile ago.
07/28/13 @ 19:04
Comment from: Marie [Visitor]
Merci pour les explications, le résultat est génial, je suis impatiente de voir la suite. Et le drap de lit est très joli, j'adore le motif et les couleurs ! Bonne journée, Marie
07/29/13 @ 02:14
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
"This gives the drapery a straight back to lean against." Of course! (face palm) You're a genius....why didn't I think of that? And I'm adding stiffen quick to my shopping list too.
07/29/13 @ 04:11
Comment from: brae [Member]
:)) Thank you and Merci! :D
07/29/13 @ 12:17
Comment from: Liduina [Visitor]
Thanks for this interesting post, Brae. I did not know about this Aleene's Stiffen Quick. I Always usea kind of wet hairfixation but after drying the fabric feels like a piece of brick....:-(
07/29/13 @ 12:45
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :D Yes, the Stiffen Quik remains soft but the folds stay put. It's great stuff! :yes:
08/01/13 @ 09:46

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