Friday, April 20, 2012

Matelasse Slipcovers

I just finished slipcovers for a sofa and a loveseat in a gorgeous matelasse fabric.  This matelasse is a dream to work with and washes beautifully.  I love the way the pattern pops after washing. My customers house is beautifully decorated and I couldn't wait to get pictures of the slipcovers.  

The sofa slipcover. 


Side view of the loveseat.

Here is a closeup of the pattern.  You can see a butterfly, a flower and fern leaf in the design.

The other side of the loveseat. 

 Full view of the living room showing both slipcovers.  Two completely different furniture styles unified by using the same fabric really pulls the room together.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Round Ottoman Slipcover

 You will probably remember the ticking couch in the background from a previous post.   My customer had been searching Craigslist for a large round ottoman with no luck.  She contacted me after she had this custom ottoman frame built to her specifications. Of course I had to get a picture of Jack, my customers dog, looking cute posing on top of the ottoman.


I asked my customer if she would like to meet at Schindlers Fabrics, a great local fabric shop, that has been in business since 1938.The following is from Schindlers website:

 Since 1938, Schindlers’ has been servicing the greater Cleveland area in home decor, quality re-upholstery, custom made products for the home, office and marine use. We have our retail store, upholstery and drapery shop and workrooms on-site, and we have been a discount and wholesale outlet for designers and upholsterers in the Cleveland area for decades. We stock over 300,000 yards of home fashion fabrics all first quality. Our extensive line includes silks, sheers, tapestries, velvets, cottons, linens, mohair, chenilles, crewels, canvas, vinyls, commercial upholstery and trims. We have a fabric for every budget.

 With the wide variety of fabrics at Schindlers she was sure to find what she wanted.   My customer purchased all the fabrics and trim for the ottoman except for the skirt from Schindlers.

I upholstered the top of the ottoman.  She wanted the bottom untouched so she could use the storage underneath. 
My customer requested a tuft in the center of the top.  I offered her the option of using a snap. The snap lets the slipcover be removed easily for dry cleaning.  My friend Dede O'Hair is the owner of Workroom Buttons  which specializes in providing the custom workroom industry with an informed and educated source for covered button supplies and equipment.  I sent the top of the slipcover to Dede and she set the snap for me since I do not have the equipment to do it myself.  She also supplied me with the snap screw which I had my husband screw into the center of the frame.  I then upholstered around the snap.


Again, I used the awesome Quick Pleater for the boxed pleats. Here is a video on how the quick pleater works.

Quick Pleater Video

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sunroom Slipcovers

These slipcovers are for the same customer I did the Paris Chic Slipcover.   She had bought these chairs at garage sales for a great bargain and had visions of white slipcovers.  Wow!  What a difference.  The slipcovered chairs really brighten her sunroom.

These are great before and after views of the chair and ottoman.

The channel back chair with exposed wood arms.  Before and after.

   My customer gave me this magazine picture which was her inspiration for the skirt style from Better Homes and Gardens magazine Dec 2011.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rock-a-bye Baby

A fresh new slipcover to soothe the mom while she rocks her baby to sleep. I pre-washed this brushed denim fabric in HOT water, and dried with a HOT setting to induce maximum shrinkage before constructing the slipcover. This slipcover was constructed a little looser anticipating that it may need frequent washing, and I recommended that she spray protect the fabric to prepare for the new baby.

 side view

bow ties down the back

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Paris chic slipcover

This slipcover is for one of my favorite repeat customers. This was a nice change from the slipcovers I always create. This pink slipcover with black cording and a corset detail in the back was so much fun to make. My customer has great taste, and has a lot of fun decorating.
This was my first time creating a corset detail and it was a lot of fun. I hope I get more requests for this in the future.
The rounded back was a challenge. Whenever you see a picture of a slipcover for a rounded back chair there will always be a pillow on the seat to cover the wrinkles on the inside back. It is hard to get a smooth fit in this area especially without a seat cushion. I wanted to show one picture without a pillow because I was so pleased with the results. I used advice from the slipcover master Shirley Hendry Walsh on how to manage the tuck-in area with a pleated collar. The back tucked in smooth and neat. Thank you Shirley for your expertise and willingness to share your slipcover knowledge.
Side view
Before pictureI have a couple more chairs I am working on for this same customer- one in a drop cloth fabric another in white denim. Stay tuned for more pictures to come after the New Year.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Chair and a Loveseat

I really need to make my blog titles more creative. Instead I get right to the point. This is a beautiful slipcover done in a white denim with black cording. I took several pictures from different angles to show how the black cording defines the shape of the chair. I fell in love with this slipcover. She wanted the legs to show so I made the skirt a little longer than the existing skirt. This customer called me after winning one of my office chair slipcovers in a raffle. It was nice to see the slipcovered office chair being used in her office. Darn, I forgot to take a picture of it when I dropped off the slipcovers.

Front view

Side view

Back view

I also did a loveseat slipcover for this same customer. The fabric is a mattelasse and washed beautifully. I added the cording down the center of the back to help the slipcover conform to the shape of the loveseat and finished the bottom with the ever popular mini knife-pleats. I copied what the upholsterer had done. I gave new life to the seat cushions by wrapping them in dacron.

Here is the before picture.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Animal print Slipcover

This slipcover was done in a beautiful animal print chenille. This fabric had great stretch to it and worked very well. The chenille washed beautifully and the customer will be able to wash this at home. It was a lot of fun working with the animal print after working on so many white slipcovers recently.


Here is the slipcover back at the customer's home. Bella is happy to have her settee back.