By Marie Graff. Slipcovers. Published at Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 - 03:43:56 AM.
Better Choices, Better Décor. Many designers also enjoy using a slipcover because it allows them to express the full range of their designing creativity. When purchasing a sofa from a store, it is often difficult to find the ideal color or pattern combined with the desired framework and structure. Designers are often forced to choose between a perfect couch with the wrong color, or an excellent color and the wrong design style.
Note that the band that wraps around the chair below the seat often eliminates the need for a lot of darts or tucks and acts as a smooth vertical transition from the seat to the skirt. The number of overlapping closures needed in the band and skirt depends on the chair’s anatomy. Each above-the-seat element, such as a back and arms, needs a separate opening. Allow enough overlap in the closure to ensure a smooth fit with no gaps in the skirt (see the sewing instructions below). The skirt will need pleats at the legs if they splay out from the chair, but instead of making these pleats in the muslin, just mark where they’ll meet at the center of the legs.
A good looking and well fitting sofa slipcover can easily and cheaply update the look of a room. A sofa slipcover can cover up worn or tattered upholstery or help make a mismatched sofa and chair look like that they came off the same factory assembly line. A well designed sofa slipcover in the right color and fabric can demand attention and interaction from everyone who enters the room. A sofa slipcover can help unlock the true decorating potential of your home, since your "style" will no longer be dictated to you by your furniture!
Prepare a muslin pattern - Once you’ve completely pinned and fitted the muslin on the chair, stand back and take a look. How do the proportions look? How about the location of the band’s overlapping closures? If your eye is satisfied, unpin the muslin from the chair, separate the components, and lay them flat. Use a French curve and a straightedge to fine-tune the seamlines, darts, and other markings. Add seam allowances to the seat, band, and skirt. Add the fabric needed for the inverted pleats (they should be at least 2 in. deep), along with hem allowances to the skirt pattern.
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