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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ta-Da

Ok girls, I kind of did the slipcover...sort of not finished. 

Before ugly gold chair (sorry Dawn).
 You remember the one I was having so much trouble with in Here Is The Trouble Area.  I thought I would show you my progress and revelation.
Chair in partially finished slipcover.
Now I know I am not finished, I will try my hardest to finish tomorrow, it is supposed to rain so I won't be able to weed anyway.  I know it is a little sloppy, but once I hem it and put on a cute little ruffle at the bottom and one of my monogrammed pillows in there it will be fine by me. 

 Now the revelation part.  The whole time I have been thinking of the trouble area I knew I had seen that seam before.  Then as I was taking apart my mistake it came to me, actually I really swear I could her my mothers exact words "Alaina you know how to do this, you have done this before" this particular seam is just like sewing a shirt.  It is the shoulder and arm seam where they meet.  So once I had the seams apart and held them, I did know how to do it. 

I learned how to sew from my grandmother and mother and I many years of sewing in 4-H.  I was not the best sewer, I did not always never wanted to follow the directions.  I am more of a JUST DO IT, then fix what I did wrong later.  Well that did not bode well with my mother, I understand she wanted me to do it right.  We clashed heads many a time. 

There was a particular time when I wanted to make a pair of overalls (my favorite thing to wear at the time).  However the fabric I wanted to make them from a pair of rust colored corduroy curtains (I was clever even at the young age of 15) but my mom said I did not have enough fabric to lay the pattern out correctly.  Let's just say I did it MY way, they were goofy, but I loved them and I wore them all the time, much to my mothers chagrin. 

So in my stubbornness, that I inherited from my mother, I know I WILL get this done.  Stay tuned for the final slipcover.  Ok so I thought it was going to take longer than it did.


Drum roll please!


TA-DA

Hey, guess what, I'm on TOP OF THE ROOF and I'm yelling I DID IT!!!
Look ladies isn't she beautiful, all ruffly and WHITE.  I have a few touch ups to do here and there but I was so excited when I put it on I had to share.  For anyone who knows the basics of sewing but is afraid to try, get some cheap cotton duck fabric and try to make a slipcover, that way you will never have to say I wish I had tried.

I want to thank all the ladies for their help and encouragement and there are a few blogs out that gave me help Angie from threadneedle studio and Berries from cranberry cottage.  Have a wonderful day! 

Oh and I am STILL doing the HAPPY DANCE.

13 comments:

  1. I ACTUALLY GASPED!!! I haven't read yet just looked at the pics...I'll be back this afternoon.

    Also, you and I have to brainstorm manic monday.

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  2. I'm so proud!!! That's a huge accomplishment!! Way to go it looks great!

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  3. What a difrence!!
    I like it!!
    You have a verry nice job done.
    I love it verry much
    I wish you a verry nice evening
    Yolanda

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  4. That looks great!!!! TA DA....I love how your mothers advice was whispering in your ear!! I am so proud of you.

    Can anyone say H_A_P_P_Y D_A_N_C_E???

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY DANCE

    By the way what is cotton duck fabric?? is that your basic cheap cotton??? We have a name for it. We call it broad cloth, is that the same?

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  5. Thanks ladies. Berries, I am not sure if it is the same, I know it is lighter weight than denim but stronger than linen. I bought the cheapest kind, and went back for more.

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  6. It looks great! I love the ruffle. White is always a fresh look. I just know better than to use it in my house. I'd be washing it every day!

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  7. Guess what?
    I weeded the strawberry patch and around some rocks...now i dont have to see talk grass and weed when i park in my yard.

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  8. I think that you did a wonderful job! First of all it takes a great deal of time and energy to even think about doing a slipcover project. I have yet to do one but am thinking about it.

    Great job, so pretty.

    hugs

    Sissie

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  9. I think you did an amazing job it is just beautiful. And to think I had the exact same chair!!!!
    You go girl!!
    Pamela xo

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  10. Yes! you did it and it looks great. Good job on not giving up. And BTW, that type of chair is one of the hardest to slipcover, so from now on, the others should be easier.

    Cranberry cottage: duck cloth is a plain weave fabric, heavier than broadcloth, but lighter than denim. Think canvas, but a smoother weave. Makes great slipcovers.

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  11. Your slipcover turned out so beautiful! What a great job you did on this. LOVE IT!!!
    hugs

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