DIY Patio Awning/Roman Shade--Advice needed
Making shade covers for my patio and need advice on final bits.
Thiis is an old photo of my back yard; the bedraggled awnings/shades were made of drop cloths and even though they lasted 6 or 7 years, they got extremely dirty and when I washed them, almost deteriorated. I want to replace them with striped awning fabric.
This fabric comes in 59" width. (I've actually chosen a Burgundy/white stripe rather than red/white.) My openings are 126 and 123 1/2. The stripes are 2 1/2" wide. So here's my plan: on each of the awnings, a 58" (allowing for 1/2" seams) piece will run down the center. I'll add pieces on each side to make up the measurement, matching the pattern so it will look as much as possible like a continuous piece of fabric. My question though regards the seams. The front will be facing out, the back, or seam side, will face the patio. To make it as neat as possible, I thought at first I'd serge the ironed-open seam edges. Then I considered a flat-felled seam, which I personally would need a bigger seam to accomplish and which I'm not that great at achieving anyway. Also thought of simply serging every seam closed. Then I thought about sewing under an eighth of an inch on every seam width and pressing finished seam open.
As much as I hate making them and will have to practice to not make a mess of it, I'm thinking flat-felled would be the best looking of all options.
Still, I really would like input: from those who sew and those who don't. If it were your back porch, which seam option would you want?