During (with the slip cover my mother made for it, before it came to live at our house):
This another project I did with my Sewing for Your Home e-course students, working on making a template by draping a piece of furniture, and then creating a slip cover from the template. I love, love, love this ikat print, and am so pleased with the new slip cover. The greens really bounce off the wall color, and I think it makes the whole shape so much cooler.
I didn’t dislike the original cover, actually, the upholstery, I mean. I love a good mustardy acid green, myself. But this wall color moves between lime-ish and spring-y and jade depending on the light, and the yellowish of the original didn’t play nicely. Plus, it was filthy and ratty–am pretty sure this was another of my mom’s curb-side finds that she brought home.
The fabric is a fantastic 50s-style bark cloth with such a nice texture, but it’ 100% cotton, so it’s soft and lovely to touch. The ikat is understated and not trying too hard, which tends to be my mantra in design–I like cool and chic, but not trendy or over-the-top. I want my things to be timeless so I don’t have to do them all over any time soon.
I’m really pleased with how the shape and the fabric work in our living room, alongside the wall unit and the blues-and-greens soothingness we have working in there. I’m still hunting for the perfect Whipstitch yellow fabric for the sofa–I found one that’s a herringbone weave that might be a winner, but I’ll have to feel a swatch before I’ll know for sure.
I still want to tweak just a bit to get the cover slightly snugger, and might add a small shaped pillow at the seat back, but other than that, I think this was a giant step in the right direction! Hooray for slip covers!
I’ve also got a guest post over at Plum and June’s Advice for New Bloggers series–check it out, and join her blog hop for new quilt bloggers going on right now! Lots of great tutorials and guest posts, along with events and linky goodness. Beth has done a great job of getting new bloggers to meet and share with one another–I’m flattered to have been included!