I've had a few enquiries about how I get fabric to drape and stay that way, so I'll show you how I do it. I'm about to make some curtains but you can use this method for pretty much anything made from fabric that you want to drape nicely and stay that way.
My dollhouse windows are the standard size. I have used about 9cm of fabric for each curtain because I want them to end up quite narrow and not take up too much space.
I use HeatnBond to make all the hems. This way there is no stitching showing and the edges won't fray. You can also use fusible webbing or hemming tape.
These are the strips of HeatnBond. I've cut them about half a centimetre wide.
Apply the HeatnBond according to the instructions on the packaging, it's VERY simple!
Peel the paper off the HeatnBond.
Fold over all the hems and iron flat.
Now you have these.
You'll need a piece of softboard or something solid you can easily stick pins into.
Draw the size of your window on a sheet of paper and place it on the softboard. Cover this with a piece of waxed paper.
With a needle and thread run a gathering stitch through the top of each curtain.
Pin the curtains on the window you have drawn. Pins with heads are much easier on the fingers!
Pull the fabric from the bottom to make pleats and pin it.
Stick pins in wherever you need to, to get the fabric to stay exactly where you want it. I've done this in a bit of a rush, when you do it you'll make sure the fabric falls perfectly!
Now here's the secret weapon - a can of strong hold hairspray. Yes, that's right HAIRSPRAY. Whatever's cheapest at the supermarket will do!
Spray the pinned fabric until it is quite wet.
Next, because we want results fast, use a hairdryer to dry the fabric. It'll only take a minute or two.
When the fabric is dry you can take all the pins out. Your curtains will be quite stiff and stay just as you have pinned them.
If you hold them up to the light you will see the pinholes. If you scratch a pin over each hole you will be able to move the fabric enough to cover the hole. (Hope you understand that, it was too hard to take a pic of!)
And here is a pic of my rather hastily made curtains hanging in the new lounge. Not completely sure I like that fabric but it will do for a week or two.
So now you know, hairspray is how I got the dresses to drape like that.
And how I got the curtain in the wardrobe door to stay like that.
I have to say I have always been particularly pleased with the way that wardrobe curtain turned out! It works really well for bedding too as you can see at Linda's blog.
According to the lady who showed me how to do this, these things will stay like this for years!
So take your time and have fun!