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6 07, 2015

The Best of Both Worlds

By |July 6th, 2015|Clients, Products, Projects|3 Comments

Being part of a company that has offers both rental goods (Rent What? Inc.) and purchased goods (Sew What? Inc.) is a unique and invaluable service that we offer to all of our clients. Sometimes it just makes more sense, both financially and design-wise, to supplement your rental order (or the other way around) with some custom made soft goods or hardware that can be used again and again for future events, trade shows, concerts or productions. Recently we were thrilled to be able to work with one of our regular clients, Brantley Sound Associates, on just such an event, and we were both thrilled with the end results.

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They were the proud production designers for the 2015 graduation ceremonies for Vanderbilt University. Expertly led by Production Manager Cody Heimann, his team needed to set a dynamic, yet user-friendly, stage for this special occasion. They were able to use our IFR Black Encore Velour Rental Masking Drapes and Borders to help set the background and proscenium of the stage, but needed something slightly different to wrap the trusses. They needed an opaque fabric that would not billow, was lightweight, stretchy, easy to store, and wrinkle resistant, and one that could be made to the specifications of the trusses that were used to set the stage, with an opening created in the back for easy access. This is why they decided to have us custom build them some soft goods out of Black Cambio stretch fabric for their truss towers that would be perfect for this outdoor ceremony, and could also be added to their own supplies to be used for similar events in the future.

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As you can see by these photos, it was a beautiful day for this graduation ceremony, and the stage that Brantley Sound Associates set for their students, family, faculty and staff won’t soon be forgotten. We are always so excited when we are able to help our amazing clients create the perfect design for their special events. And we are especially proud that we are uniquely able to provide them both rental and purchased goods so that they can custom design their staging in the most beautiful, original, yet still budget-friendly way possible.

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1 07, 2015

Comparing Fullness On a Box-Pleated Stage Drape

By |July 1st, 2015|Education, Products|3 Comments

I have posted in the past on pleating styles and fullness, but today I thought I would combine the two subjects to show you how different amounts of fullness look on a box pleated velour drape.

As I mentioned in my previous post, a box pleat is created by bringing the fabric together to form a loop on the face of the drape.  This loop is then flattened against the face of the drape in equal parts to either side, making a “box” shape, and is then sewn into place at the top of the drape.   The greater the desired fullness, the larger the loop, and resulting “box,” will be.  Below are several examples of the most commonly used amounts of fullness used with box pleating.

50% Fullness

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With 50% fullness, the drape is initially constructed as a flat drape at 50% wider than the desired finished width. Once that extra width is converted into box pleats, the pleats are approximately 3″ wide, with ample visual space between the pleats.

This is a common choice for legs and other secondary drapes, and also sometimes for Grand Drapes for those who want beautiful velour bi-parting traveller drapes but need to stretch the budget (such as schools).

75% Fullness

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With 75% fullness, the drape is initially constructed as a flat drape at 75% wider than the desired finished width. Once that extra width is converted into pleats, the pleats are approximately 4 1/2″ wide, with a little less visual space between the pleats.

100% Fullness

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With 100% fullness, the drape is initially constructed as a flat drape at 100% wider than the desired finished width (or essentially twice the finished width).  Once that extra width is converted into pleats, the pleats are approximately 6″ wide, with the pleats visually appearing fairly close together.

This is the most commonly requested fullness for Bi-Parting Grand Drapes in larger theatres and auditoriums.  It is also often chosen (along with a heavier, deeper napped velour) by venues wanting added sound absorbency, as the combination of the heavy deep napped fabric and the added fullness help to absorb sound.