It looks rather like a slipcover. That's the intent anyway - the illusion of a slipcover.
|This is about 95% finished|
My back-up plan is /was to consider this a wearable muslin. I have the same Sunset book recommended by Bunny who is currently sewing spectacular cushions. Between the book, Bunny's posts, other online resources and my own high expectations, I knew a full-on slipcover job was just a little beyond my skill level (as of last Friday, anyway!) But, as of this evening, I know I can sew slipcovers, and my next attempt will be successful. I am the type who needs to try things out first, and THEN read the directions. I learn a lot easier this way.
Here is how it works:
There are three basic pieces: the back, the arms and the cushion cover with attached skirt.
|The back attaches with long strips of sticky-back velcro and it works surprisingly well. |
If it stops working well, I will add a piece of fabric, but it won't match, so
the sofa has to stay against the wall.
|Now the third piece, the cushion cover with attached skirt, is on and tucked in between the back of the cushions and the back of the sofa. The white fabric is strategically pieced so it doesn't show when the back cushions are added next.|
|After tucking, fold the cushion cover forward and place back cushions on sofa.|
|Flip the cushion cover up and over the back cushions.|
|From the back, before tucking the fabric behind the back cushions.|
|Cushion cover is now tucked in behind the back cushions.|
|Rather than sewing all three pieces together (four if you count each arm separately) I will sew velcro strips to the only places where it matters. A slipcover is like a gown - awfully big and hard to handle.|
I never realized it would be so hard to find sufficient yardage. First of all, it takes a lot of looking and taking home samples to see what looks good in the room. When I found the right fabric it was very disappointing that the store did not have enough, nor would they be getting any more in stock. The only good news was getting it on sale and it cost less than $70 to make this slipcover.
Since then, I found a better source for home decorating fabric from Emily Henderson's blog Secrets from a Stylist. In this post, she hung very long linen draperies and she got the fabric for only $7/yard from Grey Line Linen in New York. I really would like washable linen slipcovers someday, so it's good to know where to get a decent price.
So, how was your weekend? Get any exercise? I did. How about getting outdoors? Nope, not me, but I got a great workout making this slipcover; crawling around and hoisting this monster repeatedly as I dressed and undressed the sofa.
Next up, I am a pattern tester for someone and I can't remember whether I am allowed to talk about it or not, so I'll just say I am looking forward to some secret sewing this week.
Tomorrow is Monday - I hope you got your creative juices stoked this weekend, whether by doing, by surfing the internet or by dreaming up ideas.
More later, friends!