While most people will be familiar with the gathered heading, the double pleat is gaining popularity and here’s why. The double pleat is a lot more structured than other styles because of its defined heading. While gathered can look whimsical and rustic, the double pleat is more formal.
In the above image, you can clearly see how the double pleats stack back into neat vertical lines. The client may specify what depth of pinch they would like, as some taller windows benefit from a longer top section, or ‘heading’. At Sue Whimster the pleats are shaped and hand-sewn with care, ensuring that the chosen lining and interlining lie flat to give each double prong a plump and padded look.
Another advantage to double pleat is that they often look more luxurious than gathered heading and this is because they use more fabric. Each heading has an ideal fullness which is calculated based on the width. Some headings are very economical with their fabric quantity while others are deliberately generous to create a more opulent look. The double pleat sits nicely in the middle and is often the recommended style at Sue Whimster. Double pleat curtains are plump and generous without being too ostentatious. The pinches at the bottom of the heading create a lovely flow as the fabric drapes down, looking full and substantial.
With curtains framing the windows and often defining the style of the room, the double pleat looks traditional and smart. This is often wonderfully juxtaposed with a fun and colourful fabric which works beautifully with the defined structure of the double pleat. We recommend this style for any room and think it can add to the serenity of a bedroom or add perfectly to the ensemble of the sitting room.
There are many other styles available at Sue Whimster and if you have any questions, please do get in touch with the office and a member of our lovely team will be happy to help.