I’m still struggling with the colours for my silk drapes, but I need something over those windows for now. So I made up some sheers. This is a gorgeous Belgian linen with woven stripes, and it was 118″ wide! It is railroaded, which, in drapery speak, means the design runs sideways down the length of goods. It also means I needed about half the yardage to make up these sheers as I had originally calculated.
I chose box pleats for these because it’s clean and simple, and the silk drapes will have box pleats. Good idea to keep them similar, I’m thinking.
The only hand sewing in these was the tacking down of the pleats and slipstitching the linen into place over the buckram heading. Everything else is machine stitched, so it was a rather quick project. I always find calculating the pleats in such a way that is even and pleasing the most complicated part of making drapery.