Friday, September 10, 2010

A WING CHAIR IN THE PROCESS OF BEING SLIPCOVERED

I actually have finished and delivered this slipcover, but I thought I'd show you the process of cutting and fitting that takes place.
This technique is the reason why I MUST go to your home to be able to make a slipcover that fits your particular piece of furniture.  A wing chair is a perfect example.  There are about as many different styles of wings chairs as there are people who have them.  

This fabric is a really heavy duck cloth that has been pre-washed and shrunk.  I cannot emphasize enough that it is not possible to cut a slipcover to allow for shrinkage.  All fabric shrinks at different rates and it would never fit properly if I tried to figure out how much it would actually shrink.
As with all furniture, except a one-arm chaise, I cut only half of it because the other half is a mirror image.  If I was not putting buttons down the back, which in this case are just decorative, the back piece would be all the way across.  After I cut, I carefully label each piece.  Once I have it home and begin work on it, it's just flat pieces of fabric that would be a lot more challenging to put back together without knowing specifically which piece goes where.

Tomorrow I'll post the finished chair and ottoman.

3 comments:

barbara burkard said...

oh wow!!! thanks for the lesson! I have two vinyl swivel chairs that NEED SOMETHING...so badly..lol...

Blondie's Journal said...

I will leave this up to the experts like you, Tamerie, but it is incredibly interesting for a wannabe sewer like me!

xoxo
Jane

Jackie said...

You make it look so easy!