By Teagan Mayberry. Slipcovers. Published at Sunday, July 08th, 2018 - 23:11:21 PM.
Stretch slipcovers come in a choice of durable fabrics that are also soft and comfortable to sit on. Popular materials include twill, denim and faux suede. Most sofa and chair slipcovers are fully machine-washable, so they are easy to care for. With a slipcover protecting your upholstery, there's no need to worry about accidental food or drink spills, or dirty marks made by pets or children. There's an enormous selection of colors and patterns to choose from, so you should be able to find a slipcover design that looks fantastic with your décor.
Check out the Back - First look at your furniture’s basic design. With a couch, sofa or loveseat you need to notice the back design. A tight-back type has no cushions or pillows on the back. Next is the Attached-Cushion back which has a pillow or padded backstop sewn onto the chairs or couch’s back. The next step up is Multi-Pillow back which has removable cushions (2 or more) the across the back. But be realistic because even the best fitting Sure Fit slipcover may need additional padding or foam underneath to fill in the gaps between the back cushions or to fill out very narrow armrests.
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.
Since the first housewife looked down at her dirty upholstered chaise or chair and shook her head with despair, someone has been making slipcovers. The slipcover first started out as a furniture throw, a roll of matching or contrasting fabric that was simply "thrown over" an upholstered piece of furniture.Modern Sure Fit slipcovers are removable fabric covers that can be slipped over a chair or couch to protect the upholstery wear and tear. Later on slipcovers were hand made by professional seamstresses and upholstery shops. Slipcovers like these were ‘tailored" or custom made and often took a long time to sew and were very expensive to make.
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