I have been searching all week on the internet for a tutorial on how to sew an Ascot Valance with Sheer fabric. I couldn’t even find a picture to match any of the keywords I used.
It took me about 2 hours to complete the Valance because I had two prayer times in between. Nonetheless, I enjoyed sewing the Valance and kept in mind that I need to create a post on how it should be done… well at least how I learned it.
First of all I had gone shopping for Sheer Nylon because it’s reasonable and a bit easier to work with than Chiffon. These are the materials I bought:
- 3 yards Sheer Nylon
- 2 yards bias binding
- 1 tassel
I bought a very light blue Sheer Nylon fabric but I didn’t have that colour in the thread to match so I used the Turquoise colour in from my stock. I’m still in the growing stage of my Sewing Workshop… early stages ^_^ I am currently working on my journals but another day for that.
How to make the Ascot Valance:
- Wash fabric in cold water and set machine to gentle wash cycle. I have a twin tub washer so it’s cold tap water and gentle wash cycle. Use powder/liquid detergent. It’s better to use a mild detergent, probably like the liquid or even the fabric-softener type detergent. I was reading how to clean nylon for some tips.
- Line dry. Living in the tropics is a blessing ^ ^ I was able to take advantage of the sun yesterday to line dry all my fabric I had washed.
- Iron on low-to-medium heat with the selvage facing upright on your iron board. It was easier for me this way because I avoided the warping in the fabric while ironing.
- The fabric I bought had the selvage which made it easier to determine where to cut from my pattern.
- Pace pattern on fabric (I had a half pattern so I doubled the fabric, which of course wasn’t the best idea) and pin down.
- I lay-out my pattern and fabric on the ground because it was easier to cut. I have a small space but it works fine for now.
- I stitched the header and rod pocket first. It’s better to baste the seam of the Valance and the fold the top of the fabric for the header and rod pocket. The top for the header and rod pocket is 8″ but you are supposed to fold twice in order to get a nice form on the top. I used a 1/2″ seam stitch.
- I added the bias from the end fold of the rod pocket but you’re really supposed to attach it from the top of the header.
- The tassel it attached using fabric glue or Elmer’s glue. Honestly, I pinned it on because I wasn’t sure how to attach it to the Valance.
- After stitching each part of the Valance, I pressed it out, melted in the stitches and even out the fabric.
This is basic and looks very elegant in just about any part of your house (not the kitchen!) but you can play with the different types of sheer, also crushed sheer is very nice to work with. It costs more than the nylon sheer but looks very elegant in your living or dining room area.
Until another time, thank you for tuning in to Wendy Lee Sews. I hope this post will help you, to sew your very own Ascot Valance. If you like more information on pattern drafting the Valance, leave a comment below.