By Clementine Ham. Slipcovers. Published at Monday, February 05th, 2018 - 03:00:58 AM.
Fitted Slipcovers Or New Furniture? In the old economy, it was not uncommon to simply replace a sofa if it didn't match a new design or motif being integrated into a home. In the new, more budget-conscious era, designers are looking for ways to avoid replacing expensive pieces like sofas and chairs. It can cost thousands for a truly excellent sofa. That sofa will last for years, so there is no reason to replace it if it's still in working condition. A slipcover can be used to breathe new life into any piece of furniture.
There is also a variety of patterns available for slipcovers that can allow you to match your furniture to any type of theme you may choose. A white slipcover with a navy trim is an excellent option for those with a nautical or ocean theme in their house. Floral patterned slipcovers are an option for anyone who wants to decorate with a Victorian theme and so on. There are a variety of ways to purchase slipcovers. You can either find them through catalogs, from online retailers or from any large chain store. Simply find a store that carries the right pattern or color for your needs and there you are ready to redesign your home like a professional interior designer.
Construction is easy - The process of sewing a slipcover uses the familiar techniques of garment sewing. Sewing darts, facings, pleats, and piping are basic skills that are certainly easier to do on a simple slipcover than, say, a jacket. Sewing hems, topstitching seams, and creating closures are terrific practice for more complex projects. Clip and notch curves in their seam allowances, as you would in garment sewing. Pressing rules apply to slipcover construction, too. Press open seam allowances as you finish them, and press pleats carefully to create crisp edges.
To sew the slipcover for the muslin pattern, follow the steps in the drawing above. Finishing the details on a slipcover are the same as for garment construction. Hems look nice when invisibly sewn by and or topstitched on a machine. Buttons and loops work nicely for closures, as do heavy snaps or Velcro. And you can accessorize your chair with a pillow or two, using leftover or complimentary fabric.
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