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
Cornice. Hard or soft
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:
4. Fabric design and content. Heavy woven vs silky sheer.
Solid, striped or patterned.
touches. Shirred, pleated, flat, casual, formal. Tabs, rings, banding,
technique. Rod, board, holdback. Velcro vs. staples.
for example the following four illustrations. Each illustration shows
one swag, one pair of panels, one pair of jabots:
1: Formal. Pleated swag. Pleated jabots with asymetrical lengths.
Swags and jabots mounted to board. Pleated panels, tied back,
hung from rod.
2: Informal. Gathered swag. Gathered jabots. Pole mount. Shirred
3: Casual. Pleated swag, cut to a point. Stacked jabots. Swag
and jabots board mounted. Shirred panels tied back and bloused.
4. Casual. Scarf swag mounted on decorative holdbacks. Slouch
panels, 1 1/2 times fullness, hung from rings.
is only a small sample of the many, many different variations available.
Yet the three basic patterns remained the same.
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.