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Ann K. Johnson
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Window Treatment Basics

Sew Easy Windows. Such an exciting concept. Yet scan any decorative magazine and the number of different window treatment designs is endless. How can one even begin to recreate such complicated designs? The answer is in taking the whole picture and identifying each part as one of six basic patterns:

1. Panel

2. Swag

3. Jabot/tail/horn/bell

4. Cornice. Hard or soft

5. Shade

6. Accessory

Each of these patterns has many variations within itself. The secret to creating a custom treatment is in understanding the basic pattern and how the following variations contribute to the finished look:

1.  Fullness

2.  Length

3.  Shape

4.  Fabric design and content. Heavy woven vs silky sheer. Solid, striped or patterned.

5.  Finishing touches. Shirred, pleated, flat, casual, formal. Tabs, rings, banding, ruffles, etc.

6.  Mounting technique. Rod, board, holdback. Velcro vs. staples.

Take for example the following four illustrations. Each illustration shows one swag, one pair of panels, one pair of jabots:

  • Illus 1: Formal. Pleated swag. Pleated jabots with asymetrical lengths. Swags and jabots mounted to board. Pleated panels, tied back, hung from rod.

Illus 2: Informal. Gathered swag. Gathered jabots. Pole mount. Shirred sheer panels.

  • Illus 3: Casual. Pleated swag, cut to a point. Stacked jabots. Swag and jabots board mounted. Shirred panels tied back and bloused.
  • Illus 4. Casual. Scarf swag mounted on decorative holdbacks. Slouch panels,    1 1/2 times fullness, hung from rings.

This is only a small sample of the many, many different variations available. Yet the three basic patterns remained the same.

It is the aim of this site to address the basics of patterns and show how each of the variables listed above, applied to the basic pattern affects the finished outcome. We will not minimize the amount of practice and effort which is necessary for fabricating any treatment. Yet understanding the basics and how the variables affect the finished outcome will enhance confidence and encourage anyone to attempt to Sew Easy Windows.


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