Here is a close up of the front arm piece. It’s the only piece on the body of the chair that I piped. The piping and I did not get along. I didn’t have to use my seam ripper once during this project until I got to the piping. Ugghhh. I am glad I only piped the arms and the cushions. Any more piping and I would have thrown the whole chair and the slipcover through my dining room window.
I did not do a prototype for my cushions for several reasons. 1) I ran out of drop cloth and 2) I have sewn pillows and I thought sewing cushion covers would be similar. Well, I guess they would have been without that darn piping! Looking back I wish I would have done a prototype. I think if I had, I would have decided to cut the size of my cushions down slightly before making my real slipcover.
Below is a picture with the top cushion. It’s just fits a little too tight on the sides. I knew it was a tight fit when I cut the foam, but I thought the covers would pull the foam in a little making a perfect fit. I was wrong. My cushion looks taller than the old one too. However, I traced the old cushion exactly so I don’t know how that happened.
Here it is. Finally complete – both cushions piped, skirted hemmed, all done.
This is not a perfect slipcover, by any means. There are a lot of mistakes. A LOT. And if I look at some of the details up close I see all the imperfections. But if I stand back and look at the big picture I am pretty pleased. Especially considering this is my first slipcover and really my first big sewing project. Before this, I was the girl who sewed so infrequently that I had to get my manual out every time I hemmed a pair of pants to remind myself how to thread the machine.
I was very nervous about matching up the pattern. Everyone says not to use a patterned fabric for your first slipcover. Luckily I think I picked the perfect pattern. It’s very forgiving when it came to matching. I really didn’t match up the pattern on any of my pieces, but I think the separate pieces blend well and I don’t feel like you can tell.
Thanks so much for giving me this opportunity Shaunna! I really appreciate it and I hope you are having a wonderful and safe trip in Honduras!
***********Thanks, Alima! Totally my pleasure. You’ve got some mad slipcovering skills…I’m jealous! 😉