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What is included in a pattern?

  • A full-size pattern on heavy white paper.
  • Fabric and supply requirements.
  • A full-size color picture of the finished window treatment.
  • A detailed instruction booklet.
  • Alteration instructions.
  • Fabric suggestions.
  • High-end workroom techniques.

What is the skill level required for your patterns?

Our curtain patterns are written with detailed step-by-step instructions and contain lots of detailed drawings. If you have beginner to intermediate sewing skills, you should have no problem constructing our valances.  Please read our testimonial section to read of other's experience with our patterns.

Why are the patterns more expensive than regular store-bought drapery patterns?

Our curtain patterns are based on actual high-end designer window treatments that would cost a fortune to have custom made.  These patterns contain dressmaker details not found in your average store-bought pattern.  The full-size patterns are printed on heavy white paper, not tissue paper.  There is a 8-1/2 x 11 color picture on the front with a step-by-step instruction booklet inside.  In addition, the patterns come enclosed in a sturdy ziploc bag for easy storage.

Will the patterns fit my windows?

Each curtain pattern contains detailed information for fitting different window sizes. 

What is interlining?

Most of our patterns include instructions for interlining of window treatments.  This is a high-end workroom technique that will make your window treatments hang beautifully.  Interlining is a flannel-like cotton fabric that hangs between the face fabric and the lining.  It is available in white and natural colors.  It is available here on our website.

What is "return"?

A return is the side of a valance or panel that returns toward the wall to cover the space between the rod and the wall or to cover the side of the mounting board.  

Is it necessary to put piping along the bottom or top of a window treatment even if I am using tassel trim or fringe?

We like to put small (4/32" or 6/32") piping in addition to the trim because it gives definition to the edges of the treatment and prevents the white/off-white lining from peeking out at the seam.  Treatments have a much more high-end custom look with the piping, especially when paired with tassel trim, fringe or banding.  It also gives a consistent edge along the seam line, which is great for applying the banding or tassel trim.

What if I have a question about the pattern or instructions?

There is a phone number listed of the back of every pattern to call if you have questions.  Or you can send an email to info@patemeadows.com.
 
Why do some of your patterns call for "facings" along the bottom edge?

The facings are required so that the white/ivory lining on the backside of the valance does not show to the front side of the valance when it is installed.