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Very popular in the 1980s, the floating pose fell a bit into disuse. With its very refined and feminine aspect, it is however an original way to create a very "cozy" atmosphere in a room. If the effect is delightful on a wall or two, beware of the rapidly oppressive atmosphere created by its multiple folds and alternate painted walls and pleated fabric.
Calculation of measurements
Always proceed wall by wall, even if, in the end, this type of installation makes it possible to hide the corners of the room. If you are using a light fabric (cotton, sateen, linen, etc.), calculate the width of the wall to be dressed and multiply by 3 to obtain beautiful pleating. If the fabric is heavy (velvet, damask, woolen, etc.), only multiply the width of the panel by 2.5. For the height, measure the dimension from floor to ceiling, add 10 cm for a light fabric and 5 cm for a heavy fabric, distributed at the top and bottom for the hems. You will also need a sticker Velcro footage corresponding to the length of the wall to be dressed.
Step by step: Pleating
1 Assemble the strips of fabric in a straight stitch, right sides together, to get the full width of the panel with its folds.
2 With a light fabric, make a double return about 2.5 cm, mark it with an iron, pin, then stitch in straight stitch. Remove the pins. With a heavier fabric, a simple retraction is sufficient. 3 Gather the top of your fabric by distributing the folds regularly, which you will maintain by placing the pins perpendicular to the edge of the fabric.
4 Build the pleats by machine and straight stitch. You will set the stitch length to the maximum and slightly loosen the tension of the upper thread. 5 10 mm from the top edge of your fabric, machine stitch the velvet part of the Velcro. It is important to leave a small "head" of fabric so that it is perfectly positioned in the wall / ceiling angle.
6 Attach, well in the upper corner of the panel to be dressed, the other part of the Velcro. Generally, these ribbons are self-adhesive. That said, given the weight of the fabric, it is always better to secure the attachment with a few staples. If your wall is plaster, no problem: staples 12 mm long will be perfect. Place them about every 20 cm at an angle, emphasizing the ends. If your wall is concrete, it will take you a little more time, because it is essential to make pilot holes with a concrete drill bit, to install dowels and to install your Velcro by locating the dowels at once of pencil. Then make a cross cut in the Velcro, then place your screw choosing it with the largest head possible. 7 Finally put your fabric, taking care to place the head in the corner of the wall and to remain straight along the entire length of the wall.
The pro's advice
Remember to seal the bottom of the light fabrics. You will find lead stores in ready-to-use lead stores. You just need to sew this thread directly into the bottom hem. Know-how - home decor © La maison rustique - éditions Flammarion, 2006