Because these swags
were so wide, a single width of fabric would not suffice. I debated railroading
the fabric. However, because it was a sateen damask and had panels hanging
vertically below it, I did not want to risk a change in color or shading
by turning the fabric sideways. Therefore, they had to be seamed.
Ordinarily, the seams
in a swag are high in the folds and cannot be easily seen. Unfortunately,
these seams, though trimmed very close, created a brown shadow on each
of the swags. It was distracting and unacceptable to the client - and
rightly so. The sun also caused the eggshell fabric to look very yellow,
We had hoped that
the interlining would help to hide the seams, but it did not. Light flannel
interlining only helps to add body to a treatment, it does not stop the
light from coming thru the fabric and does not help to hide seams.
I took the treatments
back to the workroom and took them apart. I added a layer of black sateen
lining between the interlining and lining. The end result are beautiful.
The seams in the swags have disappeared and the true eggshell color of
the damask is preserved.