Tuesday, June 8, 2010

AND SPEAKING OF MISTAKES

These were my very first slipcovers ever.  (To get the full story, you can check out my post from 19 December 2008.)  I'll just say here that I truly had no idea what I was doing.  I just faked it really well.

This is the first sofa I did.  Ever!  Again, it looks pretty good.

And this, one of a pair, has the distinction of being my first chair.  What isn't apparent is how bad they actually were.  This was long before I had a serger and I didn't even zigzag the edges.  I'm pretty sure I didn't pre-wash the fabric either.  About a year after I did these (all for the same client,) and had by then done more than 50 slipcovers, I really wanted to call up my client and tell her if she bought new fabric, I would remake all her slipcovers.  I never did, but it has always bothered me that the work I did then was less than good.  I did the best I could with what I knew (which wasn't much) and I definitely learned along the way.  Still, those slipcovers haunt me.


7 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

They do look good. And it takes a humble person to admit their mistakes. Think of it as a learning experience instead.

xoxo
Jane

angie said...

My first slipcovers were 2 wing chairs covered in fuschia and green silk plaid taffeta. I didn't know enough to say no. Well, I cut one of the inside wings to short. I had to put in a wedge shaped piece to fix it. Knowing I could not replace this fabric, I decided to make the same mistake on both chairs.

And I was so bold to even point it out to the client, calling it a design element! Some nerve, huh!

Beach Vintage said...

Aren't you a sweety. And you felt guilty after all that time. I am sure your mistakes look like nothing to us!

Julie Marie said...

Oh Tamerie, you are too hard on yourself, everything you have ever shown is just stunning! You are one talented lady! xoxo Julie Marie

Serena said...

I look back at my early artwork and cringe. My Mum has a few of those early pieces hanging in her home and, one day, I told her to give them back to me and I would paint up some better ones to replace them. She looked horrified at the suggestion and refused, saying that she loved them just as they were. I guess my point is that your client probably loved your first slipcovers too and I think they look great too.

Laurel said...

Again My darling, I could never ever get close to what you consider bad. Today I brought home a vintage sewing machine from my parents house. I will take pics snd send to you tomorrow. You will get a kick out of it I think.
Love
Laurel

Melinda Cornish said...

it happens.....there is a learning curve with everything....they look great though!