By Jade Myrick. Slipcovers. Published at Monday, February 12th, 2018 - 02:46:31 AM.
What to look for in a Chair Slipcover. A chair slipcover is a specially designed piece of fabric that is used to cover and protect the original upholstery of a chair. Chair slipcovers can come in many different colors and styles. But the two most basic designs you need to be aware of and understand are the terms: ready-made and tailor-made. A ready-made chair slipcover is a semi-fitted mass-produced covering that can work with a wide variety of chair styles and sizes. Ready-made coverings became very popular in the 1960’s when the cost of making these one-piece coverings became less than the cost of getting them hand tailored. The type of chair slipcover is easily found online or in specialty retail stores.
But in the 1960s a new type of slipcover the "ready-made" started to dominate the market. A ready-made slipcover is one that is machine manufactured instead of exclusively hand-made. And since 1997 Sure Fit has been one of the industry leaders. Sure Fit has many different sizes, styles and offers several semi-custom fitted slipcover designs.
Cut out the pattern pieces, folding the seat section in half along the centerline to ensure symmetry. You’ll also need facings to finish the cutout edges of the overlapping-closure areas of the chair’s arms and back. If you want to make a pattern for these, cut a rectangle at least 1-12 in. larger than the openings. Or simply measure and cut the slipcover fabric directly, without a pattern, when you’re ready to face. Place your muslin pattern pieces on the right side of your slipcover fabric, and cut them out. If there are any motifs in the fabric that need to be centered or positioned strategically, trace the muslin pieces on paper first to make a see-through pattern.
Sure Fit Slipcover Fitting Tips. But slipcovers began to drop in popularity because the early makers of ready-made just didn’t have the technology or design skills to make slipcovers fit properly. We all remember those old slipcovers with all the bags, sags and fabric folds! But reputable companies like Sure Fit slipcovers (hence its name) began to design covers that could be fitted using an easy to adjust system that holds the cover in place. A Sure Fit slipcover is made from fabrics that have enough elasticity to snugly mold the shape of the underlying furniture, yet doesn’t create wrinkles and bumps and lumps. But in order to get the right Sure Fit slipcovers for your couch or chair, you must learn how to match your furniture style to the Sure Fit slipcovers that you want.
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