Black and white stripes hold special appeal for many goths. Add lace and a bustle effect, and you have a look suitable for many goth and goth-friendly styles, including cabaret, steampunk, Victorian, and burlesque. This project shows how to make a stripey bustle-style valance perfect for your gothic boudoir.
Cost: Varies depending on fabric and lace choices and size of valance(s)
- sewing machine
- serger (optional)
- fabric (approximately 4 yards for the project shown)
- lace (approximately 7.5 yards of each type for the project shown)
- ribbon (< 3 yards for the project shown)
Measure the width of your window to determine how wide your fabric needs to be. The fabric should be about two or three times the width of your window to allow for plentiful gathers. For my 46” window, I used three pieces of 45” wide fabric stitched together.
Determine how long (top to bottom) you want your valance to be. I decided on 20”. Allowing for 5” between layers, I needed a 20” long piece, a 15” long piece and a 10” long piece.
Based on the width of your window and the diameter of your curtain rod, determine the size needed for the rod pocket. I used a piece 45” wide (cheating slightly) for a 46" wide window and 6” long for a ½” diameter rod. (If 6" seems too large for a 1/2" rod, keep in mind that the fabric will be folded in half (to 3") and will include the header as well as the pocket itself.)
Measure and cut your fabric. Stitch pieces together to make the proper width for each layer.
|not to scale, of course|
Serge or narrow hem the sides and bottom of each layer. Add lace. I used 1” black lace over 2” white lace.
|lace is represented by yellow lines|
Gather the layers. With a conventional sewing machine, you can zig-zag stitch over heavy thread and use it as a "drawstring" to gather the fabric. With a serger, you can use the differential feed and a shirring foot to quickly gather each layer. Setting the differential feed at the highest setting and making two passes through the machine with each layer gave me just the right amount of gathering. Stitch the gathered layers to the rod pocket one at a time with parallel seams a minute distance apart. While stitching the top layer, include pieces of ribbon to the front and back of the valance. These will be used to create the bustle effect. I used two pairs of 24” ribbons. Add lace to cover the stitching.
Hang the valance and tie the ribbons to bustle it up. You could pin on bows at the bustle points for extra sauciness.
|striped bustled valance over solid black curtains and striped panel|