We’ve all fallen in love with a designer item that looked perfect on the showroom floor –and possibly worked just fine when we got it home – but, for reasons either of relocating or wanting a different look, would be better if modified rather than replaced. After all, you don’t want to lose the look that took you so long to find. Couldn’t it be altered to suit your new purposes?
In the case of draperies, there are methods for lengthening them. You can achieve the new length after the drapes have been in service for some time, or when they are new out of the package. One secret, says a thoughtful expert, is to buy one extra panel of the drapes so that you can use it to add a strip at the bottom of each lengthened drape. This provides more of a finished, custom look – which is what most people would prefer, rather than the skeptically posed question, “Did you do that yourself?”
Here’s a step-by-step process for lengthening the drapes:
Measure the wall, bearing in mind that you want to hang drapes two inches below the ceiling line. Add or subtract a half-inch if, respectively, you are hanging the drapes over a Metal Curtain Rod or from rod clips.
Determine the length of the lengthening panel by using the measured length of the wall minus the length of the drapes that you bought. You could add more than one panel, depending on the fabric – an entire lengthening panel made only of white, for instance, could be too much for the eye to handle. Consider mixing in a neutral color, as well.
Cut the hem off the existing panel, taking care to account for the inches removed when measuring and cutting the lengthening panel(s).
Measure and cut any accent fabric you wish to use. Also, cut the extra drapery panel you bought to add some of it to the panel you are lengthening. Account for any hem lengths and iron any hems in place. Pin the patterned panel to your white, lengthening panel and attach the two.
Iron open the seam of the two lengthening panels and attach to each drape needing lengthening.