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We Make Cushions and Also Provide Replacement Cushion Foam Inserts

Just met with some really nice people over at a local foam supplier. We are now going to offer foam for our cushions and not just the replacement covers! This will a great addition to our shop, as we do get a ton of requests for cushions, but haven't ventured into this direction too much. The supplier is right in town so it's really great and we can make sure the covers are a good fit before shipping them out to our customers! You can send us your old template/fabric to use, or send us a paper template. If the cushion is a basic square or rectangle, no template is required... just the measurements! 

Types of cushions we can make (replacement covers only or replacement covers with foam) 

* bench cushions
* dining chair cushions with ties and piping
* banquette cushions
* outdoor cushions and back cushions and more!

dining chair cushions we recently made to replace old cushions, using buyer’s template

dining chair cushions we recently made to replace old cushions, using buyer’s template

dining chair cushions we recently made to replace old cushions, using buyer’s template

dining chair cushions we recently made to replace old cushions, using buyer’s template

Below are some examples of types of cushions we can create (Photos taken off the internet for example purposes :)

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dining cushions

chair cushions

chair cushions

banquette cushions

banquette cushions

dining chair cushions

dining chair cushions

bench cushions

bench cushions

New Improvements to Our Roman Shades

Hello! Thanks for reading our blog. Just wanted to update on some nice improvements to our roman shades. We’re super excited about it! I’ve been making these shades for 5 years now. I’ve changed my methods of construction a lot throughout the years bc I am always trying to improve the quality of the product and the supplies. There are many ways to make a roman shade. I’ve experimented with most ways and the ways that most other shops tend to use. I don’t like many of the methods for certain reasons. I don’t like stitching rings through to the face fabric like a lot of shops do. This does 2 things… It causes pin holes of light to shine through where the stitches are. It also looks funny because there are random tack stitch marks throughout the face fabric. Even if the thread matches perfectly, you’ll still see it.

I always ran into a dilemma bc the face fabric must be adhered to the liner some how. If not, when the shade raises and folds, the face fabric will droop and it will look bad. For a long time, I’ve been using this method where I make about 3-5 small tacks up the middle of the shade to hold it together in the middle to avoid the dropping. This worked well, but again, there were visible tack marks and also some of the light would shine through there, making it look like a small hole. For blackout shades, I would use a blackout “tape” to hide the holes. The method worked pretty well but wasn’t ideal, but it was better than a lot of the other methods out there and had way less of those tack markings.

So, as of a week ago, I’m going to do it a new method! This method seems to work extremely well and avoids all stitch marks down the middle!! So no pin holes of light or threads in the middle of the shade. This also means blackout shades will have total blackout down the middle. We still do sew our side seams and bottom hem, but the stitching blends very nicely with the fabric and I haven’t had any complaints about this at all in 5 years. The only thing that seemed to need to change were those tack marks down the center.

We are always trying to improve and educate ourselves to make the shades better and higher quality. Can’t wait to get these into some homes!

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"Thank You For Standing By Your Work"

“Thanks so much for taking care of this and so quickly. It’s so nice to work with someone who stands by their work.” A customer said this to me today and it was so good to hear! This IS what I do. I do stand by my work and my goal is to make customers happy and love their new product! I know how the shades have a personal meaning to many of my customers. I’ve had customers email and say how excited they are to receive them bc they’re for a new nursery or a gift to a parent or friend, or for a new big boy room etc. Customers are super excited to complete their room with our window treatments and that means a lot to us! Many of our customers are moving into a new home or a new construction. I’ve had people tell me very personal stories and how important these are to them. It feels good to make something that I know will be special to the customer and they can look at it every day and feel good.

Since our products are all handmade there is always a very slight chance of human error, just like a machine can have errors also. Luckily, we haven’t had this happen often and we produce about 25 roman shades per week and have been making them for almost 5 years! So I think we have a great record! The customer I quoted above was actually not liking the way her shade was hanging and asked me if i’d be willing to make an adjustment to it. She was so appreciative that I was willing to fix it 100% free and send her a return label to send it right back to me. I definitely want to make sure she’s happy and will fix anything. Almost all shades are fixable and easy to adjust. I can’t recall having to ever remake anything. It’s mostly just a slight adjustment and this, like I said, happens very rarely.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us to adjust something for free that could have been an error of ours. We stand by our work and want customers to be happy in the end.

Sew Lovely Now Offers Fabric Choices

We are so excited to finally offer fabric choices for customers! We realize that some customers do prefer us to source the fabric to make it a little more of a one stop shop! Until now, we have only provided some basic fabrics like white cotton for ribbon roman shades. We still use customer’s own fabric for roman shades, sent from any vendor of choice, but we have added a nice collection of our own on our website, sewlovelybykelly.com/fabric. Most of these fabrics we have worked with before, so we are confident in these brands and quality for our products. You will also receive free shipping if you select one of these fabrics and have them sent directly to us. If you would like to see the fabric first, just use your own address as the shipping and then you would have to just send it to us.

In addition to these fabrics, we also are now a supplier for Greenhouse Fabrics! They have a huge collection of high quality fabrics and a ton of sample books to look through on their website. The pricing varies but it usually around $35-$80/ yard, as they are a higher end fabric vendor. But they are used often in the Interior Design biz and the fabric is admired by many! Check out their huge sample book selection here and then contact me for pricing.

We will be adding to our fabric collection often, so stay tuned!

Kelly

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Liner... Why It's Needed & Why We Don't Recommend Light Weight Fabrics for Shades

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I was just emailing a customer and I realized it sounded like pretty good information so I figured I’d post it in a blog! :) So a customer just emailed me to ask if I can make flat/classic roman shades (the same kind I make 99% of the time) using a light weight fabric and possibly use NO liner. She wanted the airy look for the shades. She sent me a photo of the fabric. Here it is on the right.

As you can see, it’s pretty sheer and looks almost like a linen and there is no stiffness to it. Certain fabrics like might be listed as “drapery” fabrics on websites. While they might work very well for curtains, they don’t usually work as well for our roman shades for a few reasons.

  1. This type of fabric does not sew well and it’s harder to sew a perfect rectangle. With curtains, it is not as obvious if a side seam is slightly off so this fabric might still be ok. But for roman shades, the rectangle (or square) has to be perfectly on point or it is obvious when it hangs in the window. There would be crooked areas of light shining through on the sides etc. So we like to use fabric that is easier to sew. Even the best experienced seamstresses may have this issue bc the fabric moves a lot in the sewing machine and also shifts when hung. The weave is very loose. Drapes are meant to flow and the fabric is sometimes nicer if not so stiff. For our roman shades, we like the fabric to be a little more sturdy.

  2. Classic roman shades look best when the folds are straight across and do not droop. When using this thin fabric, the fabric tends to hang a bit in the folds, so it’s almost comparable to a relaxed roman shade. So if a customer is looking for those nice defined folds, we recommend a different type of fabric.

After explaining this, I wanted to also answer my customer’s question regarding liner, and if it is necessary on roman shades. I recommend liner on all roman shades for a few reasons.

  1. Liner protects the main fabric from sun damage.

  2. The rod pockets are glued/sewn onto the backside so we use liner so the glue dots do not ever bleed through to the face fabric and it won’t look bumpy where glue is.

  3. The liner gives the shade a bit more sturdiness and helps guide the folds into place nicely.

I hope this helps a little to explain why we like to use liner always and why we don’t recommend using a thinner fabric with a loose weave. :)

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Affordability and Quality is what we offer!

While shopping around for any product out there, you’ll be sure to find a wide range of pricing.  You’ll see some super cheap and junky products, super cheap and surprisingly nice, mid range options and some very expensive high end ones. Sometimes you can tell a difference right away if something is going to be junk and want to steer away. Sometimes the product isn’t a high priority on your buying list, so you can take a risk and buy a less expensive product and it will suffice.  Sometimes you want to go with the most expensive because it might have something you really want that the other options don’t.  Often times, the more expensive one is no different but it’s got a known label on it so people assume it’s better.  It’s great that there are options for all budgets and needs.

Here at Sew Lovely we like to provide both quality and affordability.  We have done a TON of brainstorming and research to figure out how to maintain our quality, reduce our production time and save on over priced materials to keep our cost down for our customers. We know that when you’re a new homeowner, covering multiple windows, you may have other things to purchase for your home and have to budget in the window treatments, which can seem add up quickly. While the labor is VERY intensive and it is tedious to make them, and materials are not cheap for the products, we have found ways to lower our pricing to help our customers be able to afford these custom products without breaking the bank.  We have found ways to cut back on the time it takes us to make shades.  I am now making about 25 shades per week (with the help of my lovely and talented seamstress) and 4 years ago it took me more than double the time to produce that many.  We’ve also done many trials and research to find better materials that do not cost as much for us. To many people who normally get treatments at JC Penny or Kohl’s etc, Sew Lovely products are still are not considered “inexpensive,” but they are much more affordable than many other options out there if you have to stick to a budget and also want a nice quality made product that will last years (I have my own shades I made hanging and still looking and functioning beautifully 4 years later!)  Also we realize that the customer’s fabric can add up too.  Maybe you want to purchase the fabric you absolutely love and it’s expensive so you need to save a bit on the labor to afford them.  We want our customers to still be able to purchase their dream fabric and not get hit hard on both the fabric cost and labor.  

We started on Etsy, a friendly crafters marketplace. We consider ourselves a friendly small business with the consumers always in mind.  We love happy customers.  It used to be that “custom” was mostly for the wealthy.  But now there are buying options for everyone. 😊 

Endless Trim & Ribbon Options for Roman Shades!

I thought I would post some photos of the different kinds of banding options we do for roman shades. As you can see, there are many different options! If you see something that isn’t shown, we are always up for a new design, as well! Sew Lovely usually provides 1 1/2” and 7/8” grosgrain ribbon in many different colors. We also have greek key ribbon tape and some other options. Many times the buyer provides the trim tape too! There are so many beautiful trims out there and they range in pricing, as well, from very affordable to very expensive designs. I have some websites listed here.


Below is an example of our most requested ribbon roman shade! Pottery Barn sells similar ones but only offers standard window sizes and a few color options. It’s Sew Lovely white canvas/twill using Sew Lovely grosgrain ribbon, inset on the sides and bottom of the roman shade. Many colors of ribbon available. Click here for the ribbon chart.

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Below is another highly requested ribbon roman shade! It is our Sew Lovely white canvas/twill with inset double size grosgrain ribbon on the sides only. Many colors of ribbon available! Click here for color options for ribbon.

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Below is another great option for roman shades! It is our Sew Lovely white canvas/twill and double sized layered grosgrain trim inset on the sides and bottom. Many color combinations and sizes available! Click here for our ribbon colors.

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Below is an example of Sew Lovely white canvas roman shades using 2 different colors and 2 sizes of Sew Lovely grosgrain ribbon trim right along the edges on the sides only (not inset). Click here for ribbon options.

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Below is an example of 2 different sized grosgrain ribbon trim inset on the sides AND bottom! These shades use Sew Lovely white canvas/twill and Sew Lovely provided grosgrain ribbon. Click here for ribbon colors.

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Below is an example of Sew Lovely roman shades using buyer’s provided ribbon inset on the sides and crossed on the bottom. Click here to see some websites to buy your own trim!

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Another lovely shade with ribbon trim! We have buyer’s provided fabric and buyer’s provided greek key ribbon trim! Click here for some websites to buy fabric and trim! Sew Lovely can also provide greek key trim.

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Below is an example of Sew Lovely provided navy canvas fabric and Sew Lovely provided grosgrain ribbon inset on the sides and bottom. We can provide many basic colors of canvas including, white, navy, black, grey and more! We can also provide many colors of ribbon trim! Click here to see our ribbon trim options.

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Below is an example of a roman shade we made and added piping and a ruffle on the bottom! We can add a ruffle in the same fabric as the shade or in a different fabric. Trims can also be added to the bottom of roman shades.

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Below shows a roman shade we made and added the buyer’s pom pom trim to the bottom of the shade! Pom poms can be found online on many websites and on Amazon!

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Here is an example of buyer’s provided fabric and buyer’s provided braided trim inset on the sides and bottom. Braided trim looks so nice on a roman shade!

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Sew Lovely Roman Shade with Greek Key Ribbon! Sew Lovely can usually provide 2” greek key ribbon trim tape. Contact us for details and options!

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Sew Lovely provided Charlotte Moss trim tape ribbon using customer’s provided fabric. This trim comes in a few different color options! Contact us for colors!

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Happy Holidays!

2018 was a great year for us! Besides having a record year for sales, we got a new addition to the Sew Lovely family!! Baby Dylan was born in March and has added so much joy to our home! It’s definitely been a challenge to manage the business, construct a mass amount of shades and have a newborn and a toddler at home while I work. But I do feel extremely lucky to be able to work out of the house and be around my kids all the time. It’s been a blessing, for sure! I’m so thankful that most of my customers were so understanding and patient while waiting for their shades to be completed during this busy time in my life :)

We have some exciting things planned for the new year! I recently received a really awesome sample binder of natural fabrics. These fabrics are made of materials like wood, bamboo and more. They’re so beautiful and a nice alternative to typical shade fabric. I will be ordering some yardage after the new year and making some roman shade samples soon to be certain they will work well for shades. I will be offering this material to customers so they will not have to supply anything for their shades. The shades will look and function much like my current roman shades and can be made with blackout liner, as well.

Hopefully, in 2019, we will also have a faster production time. We’re still at about 8 weeks, but I can offer a rush fee option if projects are needed sooner.

We look forward to an exciting 2019!!!! Thank you to all of our customers for your support and business in 2018! Happy New Year to everyone!! Many blessings to you and your family!

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Natural fabric! Coming soon!! 

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Natural fabrics coming soon! 

Linen! It’s Pretty, but Often Not For Roman Shades!

Here’s an example of a fabric that does NOT work well for our Roman shades, a light weight semi-sheer linen. Even most medium weight linens are similar. As you can see, the dowels shine through more, the sides are not straight bc the fabric is very thin w no structure. The fabric is also super wrinkly, even after ironing. We do have a disclaimer on our website and Etsy shop about not using linen. We’ve used it up until now if a customer insists, but we now have a “yes/no” button on the quote form that makes sure the customer has read fabric requirements before sending. We won’t be using linens at all anymore bc it’s just too hard to sew and time consuming.Also we want the shades to be a great representation of our work and the linen ones just don’t look as nice. You can find the linen look with another blend! 😁 

Linen! Ugh! It doesn’t look pretty for Roman shades ! 

Linen! Ugh! It doesn’t look pretty for Roman shades ! 

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linen wrinkles easily! 

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Linen wrinkles easily! 

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Linen doesn’t tend to work well for Roman shades. Dowels shine through. 

Linen- Not enough structure to sides of shade, therefore, won’t be as straight on edges. Not ideal for shades!  

Linen- Not enough structure to sides of shade, therefore, won’t be as straight on edges. Not ideal for shades!  

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Many fabrics look similar to linen (like the photo above) and have much nicer results than linen. The above is a 100% cotton fabric called  ANGELO FOUNTAIN SLUB CANVAS by Premier Prints. 

Premier Prints make really great Roman shade fabric! And they are inexpensive!  

A Busy Summer!

Hope everyone reading this had a great summer!  It definitely flew by!  Sew Lovely had a busy summer, for sure!  With just one seamstress and myself constructing them all, we had a lot more work than we could handle. My seamstress worked diligently day and night and sometimes would be sewing 25 shades per week. It’s a lot of work for one person!  So I decided to hire on another seamstress to the team!  It wasn’t easy finding a seamstress in an era where not many people have a sewing background.  I was very lucky to have found Linda, who has a passion for sewing and has been sewing since she was a little girl.  She’s seems really enthusiastic about this new opportunity!  She loves working with the customers different fabrics and creating beautiful window treatments. With the addition of Linda, we will finally be able to speed up our production time, which is exciting!  

What Makes Us Different

We're always striving to make a better product!  Here are just a few things that make Sew Lovely roman shades different from a lot of the other shades out there...

* NO HORIZONTAL SEAMS ON THE FRONT OF THE SHADE

Many other shade makers sew pockets up the entire shade, making for obvious stitching on the front of the shade.  This disrupts the pattern and can also allow more pinholes to shine through the shade.  Sew Lovely roman shades have pockets on the back side but the stitching does not go through to the front of the shade.  

* NO RINGS SEWN ON THROUGHOUT THE SHADE  

Rings are commonly used on roman shades made by other vendors and in stores.  Rings may break with time from sun exposure and also may fall off because they are stitched on.  Sew Lovely shades no longer have rings and only have one small stitch up the middle of the shade. This also eliminates light pin holes on the front of the shade, making for a more streamlined, prettier shade.  On blackout roman shades, the stitches are covered up by blackout tape on the back, so light does not shine through.     

* THE CUSTOMER IS NOT LIMITED WHEN IT COMES TO FABRIC CHOICE  

The customer can supply any fabric of choice!  Many other shops supply fabric but then the customer is limited to fabric options.  Sew Lovely shades are made using any fabric.  The customer sends the fabric to use directly from any store.  The customer can even use an existing curtain panel or shower curtain to make the roman shade.  If trying to match decor or a collection, the customer can use the same fabric for the roman shade if they'd like.

*.FABRIC IS CHEAPER FOR THE CUSTOMER BECAUSE OTHER VENDORS WHO SUPPLY FABRIC OFTEN HAVE AN UP CHARGE FOR FABRIC

Sew Lovely saves the customer money on fabric by giving the customer the freedom to send in their own fabric of choice.  Other vendors supply fabric, but likely have an up charge for the fabric.  Sew Lovely only charges for labor and lining, and the customer can send in their own fabric and find the best deals on fabric.  

*.SEW LOVELY SHADES COME IN ANY SIZE

Stores like Pottery Barn have nice shades but they only come in standard sizes and colors.  Sew Lovely shades are created in any size, allowing for the best fit in the customer's window.  

                                                       

2017... A Great Year For Sew Lovely Roman Shades!

Happy New Year and I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  The Sew Lovely/Rinik family had a great holiday and now we are just awaiting the exciting arrival of our newest addition, due on March 1st... another little boy!

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2017 was a really great year for Sew Lovely and we're so thankful for the continuous support and business.  We hope 2018 is just as good or better!  In 2017, we had over 100,000 Etsy shop views and 287 sales (multiple shades per sale) on Etsy alone, compared to last year's 44,000 shop views, trending up 107% from last year.  We've almost doubled our revenue from last year.  We made over 800 roman shades in 2017 and also many curtains and pillows.  We also had a lot of orders and traffic on sewlovelybykelly.com, which we didn't have in 2016, thanks to a higher ranking on google search, appearing on the first page for the search "roman shades."  We're pretty excited about that!  As it turns out, we didn't have to pay for SEO help to improve our ranking.  In addition, we exceeded 100 5 star reviews and currently have 143 reviews.  We thank our customers for taking the time out to write a nice review when they love their roman shades!

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Sew Lovely's Instagram followers have also increased in 2017 and we were featured and tagged in a few really nice Interior Designer blogs.  It's so nice to see photos of the roman shades hanging in our customer's home and not just on the floor of our living room lol  

 

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This past year, we also made some nice improvements to the roman shades in order to reduce our production time and improve our product.  In April, we started using child proof safety knobs in order to comply with the window safety standards for shades.  The knob breaks away if a child puts their head into the loop of the cords, so no loop is formed when force is applied.  We also started putting the pockets on the backside/lining of the roman shade.  This cut down on production time by a great deal, even though the cost was a big higher for the supplies.  We were still able keep our cost down for the customer and only increased the cost per shade by $10 each.  The rib tape is great also because it makes the shade flatter and not as buckled, and also eliminates the need for rings sewn onto the shade and less stitching on the front of the shade.  The pinholes from the rings are also eliminated.  The dowels are also able to be removed and replaced, if needed, whereas, when they were inside the shade, they were almost impossible to remove.  

A huge thanks to all of our customers, friends and family!  Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2018!!! 

 

 

 

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Solar Roman Shades Are Here!

Now offering Roman shades made with solar fabrics. Solar fabrics don't require any liner on the backside. Theses fabrics are great for privacy and for sun and temperature control. Here's a little info taken from the Sheerweave website :

 

"SheerWeave® Interior Fabrics

Natural light can enhance the function of any room with proper sun management. Phifer’s SheerWeave fabrics are designed to provide high performing solutions to the sun’s harsh rays. Our broad range of sun control fabrics reduce solar heat gain, protect against damaging UV and improve the comfort of any interior space. Suitable for the home, office, business, hospitality, healthcare, education, government and retail locations SheerWeave fabrics are durable and easy to maintain. Quality made in the United States, SheerWeave fabrics are the perfect complement to any decor."

Check out their website for more information:

http://www.phifer.com/sun-control/interior/features/ 

Below are some fabrics that I have available to make Roman shades with. You may choose from 1%, 5% and 10% openness. The higher the number, the more sunlight will shine though. 

 

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sheerweave fabric  

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric   

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric   

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric   

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric   

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric   

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric   

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric

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Sheerweave solar Roman shade fabric  

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solar Roman shade fabric  

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example, as seen in  House Beautiful  

Check Out These Beauties! Lovely Trimmed Roman Shades!

This week I made some beautiful trimmed roman shades!  A lot of people ask me about linen recommendations.  Here is a fabric that is actually NOT linen, but it looks a lot like linen and it works nicely for roman shades.  Linen blends and 100% linen fabrics come in many different weights, so it's really hard to know if a linen will work well for my shades.  I've seen very light weight linen, loose weave linen and thicker linens.  Some linen has texture and some does not.  It's really hard to tell without seeing it in person.  But this fabric (pictured below) is polyester but it has that linen look.  It says "lightweight" on the description online but it's actually a nice medium weight.  Paired with some trim, this solid fabric will compliment many styles and decor.  It works nicely in a room that uses pattern in different places like rugs or furniture!  The trim adds just enough "pop" and ties the room together.  This fabric is by Premier Prints and can be found online on fabric.com and other sites!  It's called Jackson Macon Caramel Tan.  It also comes in other colors.  

 

Ribbon Trim Roman Shades Using Premier Prints Jackson Macon Fabric

Ribbon Trim Roman Shades Using Premier Prints Jackson Macon Fabric

Romans in Rome!

Recently, I took a wonderful vacation to Italy and it was a great experience!  I saw so much in 6 days!  We flew to Rome and saw the Colosseum and Vatican.  We took a 4 hour coastal drive down to the Amalfi coast to Positano and the Pompeii Ruins.  We took a high speed train from Rome to Florence where we rented vintage 500 Fiats and took a group ride through the Tuscan hills and stopped at a winery to sample some wine and cheese.  We took a train from Florence to Venice where we took a gondola ride through the canals and enjoyed paradise city! 

I loved the architecture and old villages that we saw.  Run down and chipped paint on buildings never looked so beautiful!  I especially loved the window treatments, doorways and flower pots on a lot of homes.   I saw a lot of roman shades while I was there.  Some were in bad shape and could use a Sew Lovely update! lol. The homes there do not have screens, so they have shutters that actually work and use window treatments to block out the sun and bugs.  Our hotel room in Venice had really amazing drapes and valances.  The ceiling was trimmed out with cording and the walls were fabric!  I wanted to share some of the pics I took of their window treatments.  Enjoy! 

I wasn't impressed with the roman shades in my hotel room in Rome

I wasn't impressed with the roman shades in my hotel room in Rome

Cool windows in Venice

Cool windows in Venice

Beautiful Window Treatments and Fabric Wallcoverings in our Bed and Breakfast in Venice

Beautiful Window Treatments and Fabric Wallcoverings in our Bed and Breakfast in Venice

Check out the intricate trimming around the beams!

Check out the intricate trimming around the beams!

Venice

Venice

Cool Windows in Venice

Cool Windows in Venice

Busy Weekend! The Life Of A Shade Maker!

Busy weekend making shades!  Completed 25 shades this week and most of them were large ones. As many know, I have a wonderful seamstress, Yolanda, who has been working for me for the past 1 1/2 years.  She's a great find!!  She has over 25 years of sewing experience and her skills are of perfection!  So happy to have her along to help me.  She's been so consistent with her work and works really hard.  I get fabric delivered to me by the customer then I write up all the orders on an order form, which takes a great deal of time bc I have to check to make sure the customer did not update measurements via email or make a change etc. after the order was placed, and I have to be sure the measurements are exactly correct.  Also, I get a TON of fabric delivered to me each week, so I have to be sure I have the correct fabric attached to the right person's order.  Yolanda comes to drop off her work and pick up new fabric every week.  I normally fill her car up with giant fabric rolls and boxes every week!  Her job is important because she has to accurately cut the fabric and sew it to the right size and then space the rings out accurately.  She presses the shades and returns them back to me looking amazing!  

I then take the shades and complete the construction during the week.   I try to get all of the shades done before she comes again the following week.  On average, she brings 17 shades a week to me.   I cut dowels and slide them into the pockets on the shade, cut and tie on the cords and measure the length to finished shade length according to my order sheet (I have this whole thing down to a routine!)  I then measure the top board and hand them off to my wonderful husband, who cuts the wood to size for me.  I then attach the boards to the shades and let them sit overnight to dry.  The next day, I affix all of the screw eyes and hardware to the shades and string the cord through the cord lock.  I put a knob at the end and then the process is complete!!!   I gather the mounting hardware and bag it up and put it all in a big box.  I weigh the box and create a shipping label and then tape it up!  Schedule a USPS package pick up and out they go!!!  

The whole process of making a shade is a little time consuming and tedius, even with my seamstress helping out, but I've managed to get my timing down and fit the little steps of the process in throughout the day whenever I can.  I've also gotten a lot faster in the past 6 months, due to making small changes and making things more convenient for me (just simple things like creating a form for myself for orders so I don't have to manually write down things, and moving my workshop around).  For instance, my son goes down for a nap and off I go to my sewing room to work on a step.  If my parents come over to watch my son, I usually take advantage of the free moment to get some work done.  When everyone is off to bed at night, I usually sneak in some time to work on shades then.  In between making them, I'm responding to several emails for inquiries, providing yardage estimates and doing a lot of calculating and ordering supplies.  I have to make sure I order enough lining fabric each week for Yolanda to attach to the shades, and order a bunch of supplies from various vendors and keep track of inventory so I have everything I need to complete the shades.

So there you have it... The life of a shade maker! HA!!!

Roman Shade Child Safety

Sew Lovely roman shades now have break-a-way cord condensors/knobs.  3 white cords come down one back side of the roman shade, about 2" from the edge.  Each string controls a different part of the shade and when pulled together, the shade goes up and down.  You may sometimes need to adjust one string to make the shade even.  The cord condensor holds these 3 strings together at the end.  The condensor is a breakaway, which means if a child or pet tries to pry their head into the cord loop, the force will cause the strings to break free from each other and breakaway the loop that was created, so it's much safer for children.   Keep in mind that if you tie a knot above the knob at all, the child safety function will not work properly.  It is still highly recommended to tie off the cords up high so that a child is not tempted to play with them.  You can find cord cleats like this online for very inexpensive.  

Fix My Blinds sells them for just .70 cents each, as well as some other great shade products!

https://www.fixmyblinds.com/part-categories/tensioners-cleats/cord-cleats.html

You can also find them on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Line-Products-4623-Drapery-Safety/dp/B003LZNQ1G/ref=pd_sim_201_3/136-8182712-2966947?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B003LZNQ1G&pd_rd_r=THTDWJKTMQ4XD3TRFBRA&pd_rd_w=sUVN8&pd_rd_wg=rNycN&psc=1&refRID=THTDWJKTMQ4XD3TRFBRA

https://www.amazon.com/Rhoost-Blind-Cord-Wind-Up/dp/B00U64W9T0/ref=pd_sim_201_5/136-8182712-2966947?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00U64W9T0&pd_rd_r=THTDWJKTMQ4XD3TRFBRA&pd_rd_w=sUVN8&pd_rd_wg=rNycN&psc=1&refRID=THTDWJKTMQ4XD3TRFBRA

 

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People Are Loving the Grosgrain Ribbon Trim Roman Shades!

I decided to do a little search for Roman shades on Pinterest today and I happen to see my lovely grosgrain ribbon trimmed shades (the ones that mimic the Pottery Barn shades) on a few Instagram and websites, Newport Cottages and Decor For Kids, to name a few!  Newport Cottages sells adorable decor, cribs and furniture for nurseries and kids rooms and Decor For Kids is a popular Instagram page that features fun and beautiful nursery interior designs. 

 

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View Newport Cottage Products HERE

http://www.newportcottages.com/

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View Decor For Kids Instagram Page HERE

The Back of The Roman Shade

Just wanted to share this photo of what the back side of my shades look like.  Keep in mind, I can make the shade with the face fabric on the back side, as well. Recently, I had a customer share this photo with me. Her condo does not allow any fabric patterns to show from the outside, so she asked for me to make adjustments to her shade. Never thought of this before so I wanted to share the pic just in case anyone else has restrictions like this and needs to put in a special request for them to be made differently. Thanks 🤗 

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