Difficult Fabrics – Silk Velvet Banding on Drapery Lead Edge

The difficult fabrics narrow band looks beautiful.

Working with difficult fabrics can be challenging and stressful unless you first determine your course of action.  This is the second edition of working with difficult fabrics.  I’ll show you how I used upholstery weight silk velvet to make  narrow bands on  silk taffeta panels.  Now these are two fabrics that couldn’t be more incompatible. […]

How to sew a interlock stitch in drapery panels

An interlock stitch in drapery panel

When making multi width drapery panels, adding an interlock stitch at the seams will help keep the seams lined up as they hang.  Without this stitch the fabric layers may shift making the draperies look untidy or messy. Here are a few quick and easy steps to add an interlock stitch to your drapery panels.  Work from […]

Fabric Check-In Process

Fabric and hardware

Fabric arriving at Designs by Donna is checked in and inspected as soon as it arrives.  Doing so may avoid delays with the project if any flaws, inconsistencies in the repeat, or wrong yardage amounts are found upon inspection.  And the same is true for drapery hardware received. There are a few things for you to check when your […]

Problem Solving Is One Of Our Specialties – Swing Door Top Treatment Kit

The final outcome of a bay window using the Swing Door Top Treatment Kit.

I love it when a designer tells me I’m a genius!  That is what designer Deborah Hebert and her client said after hearing I would be able to provide hobbled roman shades valances for the bay window in a breakfast room.  The problem, they thought, was the door on the right side which opens into […]

Pattern Drafting For Custom Window Valances

A client saw this window valance example in my studio.  When she saw the amber colored crystal drops, she knew she had to have this custom valance style in her home.

Every custom made window treatment is just that – custom.   There is no such thing as a ‘standard’ window whether it be a single, double, or even triple window.   Each window has a different measurement.  That is why, at Designs by Donna, we draft a full size pattern for each of the window valances we […]