Because a Roman shade presents a simple, flat look it requires about
the same amount of both decorator and lining fabric as the dimensions
of the shade you are sewing with allowances added for seams, hem and
mounting. When making a Flat Roman shade pattern you'll have to choose a "rib spacing" distance..
Currently, 92% of the patterns made are Flat Roman.
The classic Roman Shade "folds" are created using either ribs or sew-on rings. Ribs provide for crisper folding, rings create more relaxed folds. To fully understand each method please view the sample Flat Roman shade pattern where both techniques are described.
To achieve its soft scalloped look a Balloon shade requires an additional 30% more fabric than the width of the equivalent Flat Roman shade. It also requires additional length to allow for seams, hem, mounting and the "balloon" effect that displays at the bottom of the shade when your shade is fully closed. Balloon shade patterns require a scallops choice.
Probably the simplest to make, a Balloon Shade uses a specialized tape to "gather" the fabrics and create the balloon effect. To fully understand how a Balloon shade is sewn and constructed please view a Balloon shade pattern.
To achieve the soft gathered look an Austrian shade requires more than double the length of fabric and shade tapes than the equivalent Flat Roman shade. It also requires up to twelve inches more for the width of fabric depending on the number of scallops you desire. Austrian shade patterns require a scallops choice.
An Austrian Shade also uses specialized shirring tapes but "gathers" the fabrics in both the vertical and horizontal direction. To fully understand how an Austrian shade is sewn and constructed please view an Austrian shade pattern.
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A Make-Roman-Shades.com roman shade sewing project is one of the easiest a woman can undertake to beautify their home. Whether it's an apartment, condo, single family home, boat or an RV the simple beauty of a roman shade combined with the wide variety of decorator fabrics guarantees it will blend into any decorating motif. The shade mounting techniques we offer mean they can be used with any size window in almost any location.
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Of the two investments necessary to make a roman shade - time and money for supplies - the biggest inhibitor seems to be time. We're all busy with family and work and sometimes in the rush we just don't have time to do the reading, measuring, calculating and shopping necessary before we ever sit down at the sewing machine and start the project. Make-Roman-Shades.com tries to remove that time inhibitor by making the entire planning and shopping process as smooth and effortless as possible. If you have a tape measure in hand it is possible to have all the information you need to complete multiple shades and have 95% of your shopping done in less than 10 minutes - all from your computer chair and your custom roman shade patterns are waiting in your printer!
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