Tuesday, February 7, 2012
This is my office chair with a "just finished" slip cover.
Just before I moved into Buttermilk Cottage six years ago,
I sent out my desk chair and had it reupholstered
in a pretty blue to match my new office/sewing room.
The newly done chair was delivered before
I actually moved into the house.
I then had the cable/Internet company come and
get all that stuff wired and set up.
Since my "new" chair was in place in the room
where the cable guy was working,
he planted himself on my new chair!
The one I hadn't even sit in yet!
When he left, I discovered a spot on my chair!
Can you see it?
I tried rubbing it with a clean cloth and water,
but probably made it worse.
So, I've lived with it all these years.
Over time the blue has faded
so it was time to give the chair something
new to wear.
I discovered McCall's pattern, M4404 and thought I'd
try my hand at slipcover making.
On a recent trip to Ikea I had picked up a
white cotton bedspread they call "Indira."
I liked the texture of it and had
no plans for it, so thought I'd use it.
I wanted something I didn't have to
worry about fading (white=perfect),
and could throw into the washer and dryer,
First step was to wash and dry the bedspread.
After cutting out the pattern,
I placed the pieces on the chair to check the fit.
My chair's back fans out and the
pattern's is straight.
So I did a little alteration to the pattern,
adding the extra width and shape with extra paper.
The chair got another fitting and it looked okay.
Next came placing the pattern piece on the fabric and cutting them.
Once I started sewing, there were many more
"fittings" as I went along.
And some basting was needed to
make sure everything fit.
It was quite a lesson in slip covering a chair
I'm fairly happy with the finished results,
although I already know I'll do it again,
and make more revisions to the pattern for
a better finished fit and look.
Wouldn't it be perfect in a white matelasse?
I recently passed up a white matelasse bedspread
in a consignment shop ($35.00) which would
have been perfect!
Lesson learned, get things when you find them,
even if you're unsure where you'll use them!
This week I'm sharing at
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.