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January 16, 2010

Vintage Crafty Saturdays – Singer How-To For Retro Pinch-Pleat Drapes

Thank goodness it is Saturday!  I thought that week would never end. Jeez.  So, as a reward to everyone for making it to the week, here is a great pamphlet that I recently found that gives detailed instructions on how to make pinch-pleat drapes.  I know!  It is really exciting, isn’t it? 

I love this, because it gives details about estimating yardage, exact measurements for making pleats, instructions for lined and unlined drapes and and it also includes FOUR different kinds of pleats:  the famous pinch-pleat, a French pleat, a box pleat and a Cartridge pleat.  Wow.  I am overwhelmed with vintage style.  I didn’t even know there were four kinds of pleats.


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6 Responses to Vintage Crafty Saturdays – Singer How-To For Retro Pinch-Pleat Drapes

  1. Kelly Reply

    January 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    This really makes me wish that I could sew! We’ve been looking at pinch pleat drapes and boy, they aren’t cheap if you have a lot of windows. We’ve talked about nothing but drapes here for two weeks!

    I too am surprised to know that there are so many different kinds of pleats!

    Does anyone know if pinch pleat drapes can be hemmed after they are already made or do the pinch pleats make that ridiculously hard?

    • RetroRuth Reply

      January 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Kelly!

      I would, of course, love to know what kind of pinch pleats you guys decide on. And they are really expensive! Wow. I was shocked.

      Anyway, would think hemming pinch pleat drapes would be exactly the same as doing regular ones. The pleats don’t go the whole length of the drape (mine don’t, anyway), so I would think it would just take a lot of time and ironing since there is so much material.

  2. sablemable Reply

    January 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

    This is fantastic! In one of the MCM home decor magazines I recently purchased, there is an artcile with photos about making pinch pleated drapes. I’d like to try making some for my living room. Thanks for this post, Ruuuuuuth!

  3. Anne Reply

    January 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I have this booklet! Belonged to my grandmother. 20 years ago I made some pinched pleat curtains that still adorn my dining room. Did everything by hand except sewing in the buckram. The hardest part of the whole (indeed any) sewing project is laying out the fabric, finding the repeat and cutting….

  4. Kelly Reply

    January 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Thanks Ruth!

    Turns out, we are ordering our drapes from JC Penney’s. They didn’t have the size that we needed in stock so on a whim, we got a quote to have them custom made by the store. We thought that it was going to be ridiculously expensive. Turns out they were a lot cheaper than we thought thanks to a sale that they were having! We even gasped when we were told the total. On top of that, we got to use a 15% coupon just for registering with them online.

    I tell you what, if someone can’t make their own pinch pleats, it’s definitely the place to go. They have lines of drapes in there that I bet they have been carrying since the 50’s! 🙂 We even got a little elderly sales clerk who clearly knew the drapery business. I’m told that if you get on their mailing or e-mail list, you get lots of coupons so we’re definitely going to keep them in mind for other rooms of the house if this order goes well. Fingers crossed!

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    January 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Anne! Can you email me pictures of your curtains? Would love to see the completed thing!

    Kelly – That is a fabulous suggestion, and I would love to see pictures when you get your custom drapes in. I had no idea they would make them for you!!

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