Sew, What's Up

Sew What’s Up Presents

The Sew What’s New Archive

This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: prailey
Date: 10-01-2004, 08:02 PM (1 of 3)
I have taken on a job to make two drapery panels for 11 foot windows. These are to be 54" wide, have pinch pleats for rings to be sewn on, lined and something new to me, interlined. The drapery fabric is a black silk with a gold raised pattern, regular drapery lining, and the interlining is similar to a flannel. I haven't used interlining before. What is it's use? Would you line the drapery panel running it all the way up to the hems? Would it be part of the pinch pleats? I am going to try to read up on it a bit, but thought that this looked like a great forum and someone knowledgeable could answer these questions. I don't suppose there is any need to "fuse" the interlining in any way, it is just caught in the hems and drapes from the rod? Do you tack it anywhere? On the sides? Thanks for your answers in advance! Patty
User: prailey
Member since: 10-01-2004
Total posts: 1
From: dmoses
Date: 10-01-2004, 09:20 PM (2 of 3)
Hi Patty,

Welcome to SWN discussion boards.

This article has some info about interlining. Hope it helps.

Good luck.
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: Martha
Date: 10-23-2004, 09:11 PM (3 of 3)
Hi Patty - We always use interlining with silk. It gives a more luxurious look and adds body. Lay your face fabric, wrong side up, next add your interlining, then your lining, right side up. Fold and press your side hems 3", again to 1 1/2". To reduce the bulk, cut the interlining at the 1 1/2" press mark. You will want the interlining to go into the pleats also. Another tip is to add a strip of the interlining to the silk hem. Press up your 8", add a 6" strip of interlining, fold and press to a finished 4". By doing this, the hem will not by "whimpy" and it will have the same body as the drapery panel.
User: Martha
Member since: 12-30-2000
Total posts: 44
Sew, What's Up
Search the “Sew What’s New” Archive:
Visit Sew What’s Up for the latest sewing and quilting tips and discussions.
This page was originally located on Sew What’s New ( at