To interline or not to interline curtains

(9 Posts)
ethelb Sun 19-Jan-14 16:30:58

I have just bought a load of curtain fabric and blackout lining for some curtains for the living room in my new flat (large late-Victorian windows).

I have never made curtains before but I am a relatively competent seamstress and I'm in the process of bying a new heavy duty sewing machine to replace my old light weight one.

They are costing quite a lot so I want them to be as high-quality and multi-purpose as possible so I want to interline them to block out noise and draughts. However, I am a bit confused as to how to do this.

Do I interline and line the curtains with the interlining in the middle of the fabric sandwich iyswim? Or do you not bother lining interlined curtains?

Any links to instructions would be really useful!

This is the fabric I am using btw: https://www.fabric.com/buy/uh-213/premier-prints-small-dandelion-slub-white-yellow

And this is the lining: https://www.fabric.com/buy/ur-127/roc-lon-blackout-drapery-lining-ivory

ethelb Sun 19-Jan-14 16:32:31

I haven't made interlined curtains myself, only the standard lined ones but we do have some interlined one and they are also lined. I think it looks better. Interlining isn't always very attractive although having said that ours are more felty/blanket type stuff, not like the stuff in your link which seems to be a fabric with a coating, so it might be OK. It is difficult to see from the picture.

ethelb Sun 19-Jan-14 18:55:24

The picture in the link is the lining.

I haven't bought interlining yet and I am wondering if I should. I suppose interlining isn't attractive enough to leave uncovered so you should also line. I just wanted some reassurance I am barking up the right tree with three whole layers of fabric!

Rubybrazilianwax Sun 19-Jan-14 21:01:37

Yes interlining in the middle. Bit of a handling session but worth doing as the curtains sit much better and look far better with interlining.

ethelb Sun 19-Jan-14 21:25:32

Thanks for clarifying Ruby. Interlining is now bought!

Do you attach the interlining to the lining or the main fabric when you are sewing the lining in?

Rubybrazilianwax Tue 21-Jan-14 12:14:39

this might help

ethelb Tue 21-Jan-14 19:08:52

Thats great Ruby. Thanks so much. Just ordered some header tape and weights. Another question, is nirmal thread ok for curtains?

ethelb Sun 09-Feb-14 22:54:04

Thanks for all your help, curtains are v nearly finished (on curtain poles and waiting to be hemmed). In the end I pinned interlining to main fabric then machined lining in (10cm narrower than main fabric) and added header tape.
They would look better if I had interlocked interlining to main fabric, but look great anyway and will probs look better when weights are added to hems. I would also suggest anyone doing this for the first time doesnt try it with patterned fabric!
They slightly muffle the sound of the main road but landlors came round to confirm double glazing will be going ahead this summer which will make more of a difference!
Does anyone have a good tutorial for piped tie backs?! I have bought d rings and piping chord confused

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