Waverize It is also a contest going on open to the general public on Joann's Facebook Page. Here is the link if you would like to learn more. The grand prize is 1,000 dollars! But that's not for us bloggers... darn. But maybe YOU can participate!
But I did get this fabric for free!(disclosure.)
What Joann sent me was two yards of of this beautiful green and white bold print cotton by Waverly. It's from their Modern Essentials Line and it's called Fun Flore. Having a mom who was a drapery designer for 25 years, I am well aware of Waverly Fabrics and I like how they stay on top of trends, yet somehow also remain classic.
So now I am going to attempt to walk you through the steps I take when I make a slipcover. I'm not really the exact measuring type. I'm sort of an ADD Scattered type, and precise measurements aren't really my thing. But I can do it if I have to. For instance, I have been sizing some patterns and you need to be very precise there. I like slipcovers because I get to drape and draping is my preferred design method, NOT flat pattern making. That's probably why I have three dress forms. I equate draping with sculpture and art and flat pattern making with...well, math.
So here goes....
The first piece to drape was this backrest above. I made sure my fabric was ON GRAIN and that I liked the pattern placement before I started pinning. I pinned from the top first, then started tucking in the bottom and corners.
Hmmm...can you see how my piece went off grain a little? I had to straighten that piece out.
If you need this project to be totally perfect you could always lay your draped fabric pieces down on paper, trace them to make pattern, and adjust all the seam lines so they match perfectly. If I was making more than one of these chairs or selling it, I would.
Next I draped the bottom piece that goes from the seat bottom to the bottom of the chair. I sewed that to the piped edge of seat bottom.
The last part was the bottom ruffle that covers the legs of the chair. I hardly had ANY fabric left so I had to cut out lots of little strips and sewed them together to make a strip that was double the circumference of the bottom of the chair.
I have a habit of just sewing something without measuring how much fabric I will need. BUT my eye is practiced, and I have only come up short on one project so far recently, when I didn't have enough fabric for a sleeve. So unless you have a lot of experience sewing, you should always make sure you have enough fabric to finish a project before you start it.
I hemmed the long ruffle strip, and pinned in the pleats just eyeballing them, them sewed them down. The whole project took about three hours.
This is a project an intermediate sewist can do in a day. You will love making slipcovers !
From drab to fab!