How to Line Silk Drapes (pt 3 of 3) How to Line Silk Drapes (pt 3 of 3)
Silk drapes can add a touch of luxury to your home. But the high cost of readymade silk drapes stops many from buying them. However, quality silk fabrics are available to purchase from your local home store or online, at a reasonable price. This guide provides you with all the information you need about tacking and stitching the lining to your silk drapes before hanging them. If you know how to use a sewing machine, you can easily line your silk drapes yourself.
Step 1 – Planning
Check the type of top panel of the silk drapes. If it is rod pocket, adding the lining is very easy to do. If it is pleated, the top panel will need some hand stitching.
Step 2 – Arrange Your Silk Drapes and Lining Fabric
Take your silk drapes and spread them on the floor or on a large table. Place the lining fabric on top of it.
Step 3 – Stitch the Bottom Panel
Measure four inches from the bottom of the lining fabric and fold it over. Measure four inches again and fold it once more. You can either blind-hem stitch using a sewing machine or hand stitch it using the invisible thread. You can also use a hemming tape and iron it on to the fabric.
Step 4 – Stitch the Top Panel
With the lining fabric placed on top of the silk drapes, fold the top panel down, until just above the seam of the top panel of the silk drapes. Pin it in place. Leave four inches on both sides and blind-hem stitch using your sewing machine. If the top panel of the silk drape is pleated, you will have to hand stitch the top edge of the top panel.
Step 5 – Stitch the Side Seams
Take the stitches out from the side seams and lay the silk drape flat on the floor with the lining fabric on top. Cut the excess lining, if there is any. Fold the silk drapes along with the lining fabric and pin it in place. Now, you can blind-hem stitch the side using the sewing machine. You can also hand stitch the side using the invisible thread. Other than that, you can also use a hemming tape, which can be ironed onto the fabric. When you finish stitching on one side, repeat the same process on the other side also.
Step 6 – Rehanging
When the stitching process is finished, the lining should lie smoothly against the silk drapes. Usually the lining will shrink over time. This is why the bottom edge of the lining is not stitched to the bottom panel of the silk drapes. Now that your drapes are ready, you can rehang them and see how they look. As silk drapes are very light weight, they will need only a plastic rod to hang. Silk is a very delicate fabric, so handle them very carefully. If they are well maintained, silk drapes will last for a lifetime.