First of all, thank you all for the kind words of congratulations and well wishes after my last post. This girl is feeling pretty relieved that the cat is out of the bag. I am still quite freaked out about the logistics involved with three in carseats, but everything will work out. Right?
At any rate, thank you. :)
Also, I promise not to turn this into a pregnancy blog. My goal over the next several months is to create and do and make and enjoy. I couldn't be happier that spring has sprung right as I'm coming out of my funk; it feels like one giant celebration every time the sun pops out. Happy! Sunshine! Birds! Flowers! Sandals! It's all good.
So. After one of the longest breaks I have ever taken from my trusty old machine, I tackled my chair last weekend with a new slipcover. The little girls were out of town last weekend, so I had no pressure of schedules and commitments (and no longer felt tethered to the sofa!), and a full two days to get productive. It felt really good to make something again.
We bought this chair a few years ago. One of the things I liked about it was that it came with a slipcover. A zipper-free, all-right-angles, easy-to-duplicate slipcover. I had grand plans of making seasonal covers -- a smoky velvet for winter, a crisp white linen for spring and summer, and maybe something special for the holidays, if I wanted to get really crazy.
Well, four years later, I finally got off my duff and made one. After seeing how the original linen slipcover wore, I decided that wasn't probably the best choice for this busy chair again, so I went with unbleached canvas.
Since the old one was torn and unusable, I was able to use it as a pattern. I cut off each peice and pinned it back on to the chair as a reference for how it went together. This proved to be very important, as so many of the pieces were so similar. Then I took one piece off at a time and cut a matching piece (plus seam allowance) from the canvas.
I spent some time figuring out the order in which I needed to assemble this thing, but once that became obvious, the rest went quickly. I am kicking myself that it didn't get tackled years ago. And now that I do have the pattern pieces cut, there is no reason that my original plans of chair 'clothes' can't happen. Should my chair have her own closet? :)
The one thing I hadn't planned on is how all the crinkles and imperfections show when you aren't using a print like the original slipcover. Maybe it's just because I made it and I see all the tiny misalignments, but going with a solid really draws attention to the lines rather than the whole... but I'm going with 'hey, it's a slipcover, it isn't going to be perfect anyway,' and leave it at that.
Also, it is not yet hemmed at the bottom. I got that far and mama needed a rest. After nearly two months of inactivity, I'd gotten more accomplished than I expected, and took a break. Maybe I'll finish that this afternoon during naps.
What about you? Do you have a slipcover project you've been putting off? What's keeping you from starting?
Thanks again for stopping by and saying hello last week. I've missed this space. xoxo
ps: it's finished! Hooray!