I love the look of puddled drapes but there is a certain cat who lives here who thinks puddled drapes have a different meaning. I will not name names.
I had to throw the drapes away, sadly.
However, I could not keep the new drapes laying over chair backs forever.
I devised a plot.
Beautifully puddled drapes!
Look closer...I pinned the drapes up so they are about an inch above the floor...I intentionally spaced the pins far apart so they droop between the pinned spots...
and this is where the magic comes in!
18 gauge wire. I used copper, so it won't rust. I tripled it for more strength, then ran it along the bottom, bent it in toward the back at the ends to secure it, (pinching it closed) then "waved" it to mimic the look of puddled drapes...for my drapes I used four feet of wire, (tripled, just wound three lengths and looped at the ends, so as not to poke drape fabric), so the drapes would be wider at the bottom. Without the wire, the drapes would hang straight down.
These drapes are lined and interlined, so they have body and fullness. If yours aren't, just place crumpled tissue paper or paper towels into the "hemmed" area.
This way I get to keep the drapes and the kitty! lol This is also beneficial to those with children or husbands who may accidentally step on puddled drapes.
The illusion is enough to make me happy.
I feel like an evil scientist but in a good way.