Tuesday, December 29, 2009


For these slipcovers (there were two sofas, facing each other in the family room) I used a light khaki denim, a black and white stripe for the welting and pillows and a box-pleated skirt.
The box-pleated skirt gives it a totally different look than a tailored or gathered skirt. It is also a much bigger pain to make.
Neither back shows since both are pushed against a wall, but it still looks cool with the buttons in the black and white fabric.

I also learned a HUGE lesson when I did these slipcovers. When I went to cut, I did not realize that the two sofas were different sizes. They looked the same. Luckily, I cut the sofa and measured the cushions on the one that was slightly larger. When I went to install the finished slipcovers, one fit perfectly and the other was too big. Well, I couldn't figure out what I had done wrong when my client happen to mention that the sofas were not, in fact, the same size. They just looked like they were. (A fine time to point this out, I thought.) I was not happy, but like I said, at least I had a finished cover to cut down, not to try to make larger. It was the same with the cushion covers. It is never easy to fix mistakes, but it is far easier to fix ones I've made than to try to fix someone else's. Now, if there are two seemingly identical pieces of furniture, you better believe I make sure they are instead of just assuming they are. Lesson learned!


Janet said...

Good to see you back! I love the box pleats but I'm sure they're a pain to make.

Happy New Year!!!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Geesh - having to reconstruct an entire slipcover would make me crazy. Which is why I still haven't cut into my fabric yet LOL

Love the box pleats. My furniture if fairly modern, and there is no skirt - the upholstery goes to the floor. But if I had a skirt, it would have to be pleated. Gathered ruffles aren't for me.

Beautiful slipcovers - love the black and white welting - really makes them special!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Tamerie, those are so pretty! So happy it worked out and you only had to make the one smaller, not try to make one bigger! xoxo Julie Marie

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Oh I just love the khaki with the black and white stripe accents...very cool!

What a pain in the backside! Grrrr...I hate when that happens but they turned out gorgeous sweet friend!

Love and hugs,

Angie said...

Ouch! Know what you mean about having to fix mistakes. I'll be working on one tomorrow.

But, they look great! Love the ticking welting.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

OOOH What do they say? 'Measure twice, cut once!'

Well these are my FAVOURITES so far... i love box pleats... on anything really.. except me now [once upon a time ..yes] These cover look fantastic... great job!!

Well Dear Tamerie I hope your New Year is a blast and that 2010 brings you much joy!! xx Julie

Laurel said...

Wow!! This is a look that I would love in my home- love the piping :)
Again you are so talented. I am glad it worked out- kinda weird they wouldn't mention the size diference...hmmmm?
Happy New Year My Darling Tamerie Friend. You are one of my favorite reasons for blogging:)
Love Laurel

Serena said...

WOW!!! I think your client should have mentioned the difference in couch sizes to you too. However, you were lucky that it was the larger one you had measured and went by as, while a nuisance/PITA fix, it would have been much easier than trying to enlarge the pieces. Like you, I hate fiddly alterations...I'd much rather sew a garment from scratch.

Melinda Cornish said...

what a pain........wouldve been nice of her to mention. they look good though and I like the welting!