The Empire Valance

Laundry Room Window

Laundry Room Window

How many assembly-required items have you brought home from a store, started assembling, and the instructions were obviously not written by someone from America?  Oh, it’s written in the English language, but it’s obvious whoever wrote the instructions doesn’t know our meaning and use of the language.

A common Southern term is, “He ain’t from around here.”  I think that applies with the assembly instructions we get sometimes.

Then, there’s a reference to a screw or a bolt or something seemingly minor, but it’s not there.  Not in the box.  Not anywhere in your little pile of hardware.  It’s no wonder we hate to assemble things we purchase.

What does this have to do with a window treatment, an Empire Valance?

Instructions are important to us.  They matter.  And, occasionally, we read them!  In the window-treatment-making-at-home world, we need them, and we DO read them.

This little dressy valance was included in my Window Treatment tour two days ago.  The laundry room isn’t usually a place for an Empire Valance.  But, this treatment came from our former home, and there was only one.  Just happened to fit the lone laundry room window with no adaptations needed.

The Empire Valance is perfect for a dining room.  Traditional look and style, formal for your fancy rooms.   Hang it over panels, and it’s even better!

Many window treatments are basically a rectangle.  For those, you don’t need a pattern.  The Empire Valance, on the other hand, is not one I recommend trying to make without a pattern. A little pricey at $27, but worth every penny.

The pattern comes with long cascades, like mine, or shorter ones. I used a M’Fay pattern, which is a decorator window treatment pattern.  These type of patterns give you a much more professional look than a clothing pattern company  (like Simplicity, McCall’s, Butterick, even Vogue) offers.

Like other decorator window treatment pattern companies, the M’Fay Patterns give detailed instructions with drawings.  The terminology is not a foreign language and is accurate.  Imagine that!

I stapled this treatment to a board, a favorite technique of mine.  It’s stapled on the top of a 1″x6″ board, then screwed directly into the window frame or attached outside the frame with L-brackets.

Many patterns give you options for instructions to staple to a board or to hang on a rod, whichever you want for your room.

No, I’m not on M’Fay’s payroll.  Not making money for my referral.  Just passing along some good information.

If you’re interested in making this style of window treatment, here’s the link for the pattern: M’Fay Patterns – Empire Valance.

There are many styles on M’Fay’s site, so look around a bit.  Have some fun – imagining, creating, dressing your windows.

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