Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Goblet Pleat Draperies

 Goblet Pleated draperies are a modern version of an old classic, the pinch pleat.
The difference is basically a rounded shape at the top where the buckram (stiffener)
is located to create the heading of the drape.
 The goblet pleat is a beautiful style for transitional homes.
These draperies are hung from 2" custom wood rods in a
 pretty metallic finish that is between gold and silver.
The rods are fluted and the rings are metal, all hand finished.
 The silk drapery fabric color is a lovely fawn color that came from the 
inspiration point in the room~the artwork.
 The artwork and its frame inspired the rod and the drapery color choices.
The darker color in the hounds-tooth check fabric 
on the chairs is similar to the drapery color as well.
This original watercolor has a dreamlike quality
that feels like a fairy tale to me. 
A group of maidens attending to a young bride seems to be the subject,
and was a gift from the artist to my client on her 40th birthday!
On the opposite wall there are family photographs.
This room has an easy elegance that fits this active family.
My client is planning to add a little more fun to the room 
by changing out some of the clear crystals on the chandelier to colored drops.
Before I stepped foot into the client's home with these bagged draperies,
I'd like to show you the behind the scenes of getting
these custom draperies ready for installation.
My professional workroom delivers them to me after they are made
to my specifications.They come flat and folded and plenty of wrinkles.
Ironing is one of the most important things you can do to get a quality look.
Do not skip this step!
 Iron your ready made drapes for a professional result.
 After a good pressing I have to shape the goblets.
I use rolled up batting that is inserted into the throat of the goblet.
This helps to create the rounded look.
 What a good worker I am~
carefully filling all of the goblets with batting.
This is my workoom where the magic happens!
Drapery pin-on hooks are inserted in the back 
of the heading to hold each pleat and return (end) on each ring. 
Look at the two tiny tack marks at the top of the panel.
These are used to hold the goblet open. 
Pinch Pleats do not have these tack marks.
My goblet pleats were made with 
extra wide buckram, 5" instead of 3" or 4".
 The rounded pleats are taking shape.
I like all of my silk panels to have a layer 
of interlining between the silk and the cotton lining.
It protects the silk from sun rot and it adds 
so much to the fullness when they are hung.
Panel after panel is done and then they are ready to be
 folded and bagged for transport to their new home. 
 I use special wide drapery rods with rolls on them to hang each panel.
Then I bag them in heavy duty poly bags to keep them spotless.
Finally, I am ready to install these beautiful drapes! 
I had already installed the drapery rods in advance, 
so it was a matter of hanging and dressing the draperies.
Dressing the draperies is one of the most important steps.
You have to make sure each pleat travels down the length of
the panel creating soft rounded folds. 
This takes time and patience, and if not done correctly
your drapes can look anything but custom!
Now you know all about Goblet Pleated Draperies!
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  1. Wow those are lovely! I don't iron....I know it makes linens in the house look sloppy.....but I've never ironed a thing in my entire life. It's on my to do list. I finally conquered making mashed potatos (one of the things on my "can't do" list) next is ironing and sewing!
    I love the gold color for those drapes!

  2. They look great, Amy. You're right, dressing them down is one of the most important parts.

  3. Gorgeous drapes and beautiful room. Thanks for the glimpse into your workroom.

  4. Nothing, I mean NOTHING beats silk for curtains, I am ordering Duponi Silk drapes in a couple of weeks. What do you think of this company? they have gorgeous drapes, do you think the price is right??
    Would love your thoughts on this! Thanks!

    Loved seeing you at work, you are so blessed to be able to do what you love!

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  6. Beautiful! So elegant! Thats a great room to begin with..but the curtains just make it pop! =)

  7. Hi Donna,
    I just checked their website and it looks like they make them the correct way. I plugged in the specifics for the panels (if they were pinch pleated not goblet)and I got $280.22 per panel for a 96" long 1 width panel with both lining and interlining. That is with their current 20% sale. I charge $130 labor plus materials per panel. In this case the silk, the lining and the interlining came to $111.92 for a total of $241.92 per panel. So their price is in the ballpark! Good luck with the drapes. Make sure you iron them and dress them!

  8. The drapes are beautiful.....the pleats and the color!!!!

  9. Hi Amy, the curtains look beautiful and certainly made the room! I knew about pinch pleat curtains(as I made some a very very long time ago) but never knew about these goblet pleated curtains.. they look so much nicer. I agree about ironing too as it really does make a difference. When I make a cushion or anything my iron is always out as I like to iron it as I go along. Great post.. take care, Maryann

  10. Those are beautiful, flawless... what a pretty color too. It was fun seeing you in your workroom with the little pink geraniums and pink curtains in the background. It looks like you are quite the perfectionist, and take alot of pride in the quality of your work... it certainly shows..


  11. I totally agree about using silk, there is no comparison. You did a wonderful job, they look fabulous in the dining room.

  12. Hi Amy,
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful decorating talent with us today. I just love seeing what goes on behind the scenes to create such lovely draperies that hang perfectly. Your client's dining room is very elegant and you made the perfect choice in color and fabric.

    Wonderful job.


  13. I love goblet pleated drapes. These are gorgeous. It was a delight to see your workroom too. I would love to just follow you around from job to job. btw, I put a couple of books backwards in my vignette. You can see it in my post today. Love the romantic look of it.

  14. These drapes are heavenly!! I have never seen this type of pleat only the pinch style which I love!
    Love that painting too!!
    Pamela :)

  15. Love these Amy- absolutely gorgeous finish on the windows! What a lot of care you put into your draperies - I have not seen this style before either- but do love it! :)

  16. These are beautiful, Amy! Perfect finishing touch with the batting!

  17. Amy! Thanks so much for the help on that website, they have a really great customer rating too.

  18. Oh, my goodness! These are so very lovely. Glad to have found your blog through Kim's party.

  19. So pretty and professional, I love learning about all the different types of window treatments! You look so pretty all in white, like a little angel:) xoxo


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