Double Roman Shades are made in two parts, the front shade and the back shade. The front part can be lifted, either completely or partially. This allows for light control without sacrificing privacy. Double Roman shades can be made with contrasting material to allow the difference between the two panels to be demonstrated; for instance, homeowners can can choose to use a heavier shade for the light control aspect, and then a sheerer back panel for privacy when the front shade is lifted.
Making Double Roman Shades
Making your own double Roman Shade is simple, if you have some elementary sewing skills (or a partner who can sew), and a few tools to assist in making the lifting part of the shade.
First, pick one or two good fabrics which will serve as the basis for the blinds. If you would like to use contrasting materials, be sure to place them side by side in order to ensure that they don't clash too severely. The fabric for the lifting shade should be thicker, but not so heavy that you find it difficult to lift via a pulley. The fabric for the back shade should be of a translucent or sheer material, which will allow light in, but hide the room from passers-by.
The first part of double Roman Shades is the lighter shade. Measure the window, and divide the measurement by five, and then add that to the original length of the window. Add an additional inch for seaming, and then cut the fabric to this length - the width should be cut slightly smaller than the measured width of the window. Sew into the top of the window.
For the lifting shade, take the measurement of the window, add three inches and times by two, then add 24 inches. Fold four inches at a time, and press, continue this all the way up the blind. Leaving a foot gap in the bottom, mark out one inch folds. Sew these into flaps, and then pin ring tape to the bottom of the hobbled Roman shades, and then take the ring tape into the top, and six inches from bottom sew the first ring. Continue for the rest of the length. Sew in the lift cord, and connect this to the top of the pulley items. Attach to the dust board, and then check that the pulley works before attaching to the top of the window.
Leave a six-inch space at the top for turning, and fold and sew each flap every six inches. Add dowel rods to each flap, and then add the shade rope to each end of the dowel, using a hook. Sew the shade rope to the bottom of the blind, and add another dowel. Practice lifting and lowering to check the working.
Double Roman shades can be combined with attractive drapery to show off the shades. a sheer double roman shade might be combined with light, sheer drapes around the sides and across the top of the window. A flower arrangement on the window shelf may also benefit the double Roman shades.