There's this other party going on today over at Pink and Polka Dot. It's all about slipcovers. I know y'all are sick of hearing from me, so feel free to surf someplace else. I just like to hear myself type. And I'm avoiding cleaning and hanging mirrors.
Anyway, thought I'd reveal my sordid history with trying to make my own. First, let's see my mama's handiwork again:
This fine specimen was my first attempt. I used a sheet. I sewed tons of pillow covers. I went a bit overboard with the yellow floral....even made a cushion on the rattan chair. You didn't notice that the stripes didn't match up. Nope. Didn't happen.
I even sewed a matching chair and ottoman cover with peach sheets....and more of that Waites floral in miniature size. Loved me some Raymond Waites. I guess.
Evenutally, I buckled down and made a real slipcover for that couch in some brushed twill from Walmart. First incarnation. The green chair just off the right side of the photo was the second try at the chair in the peach above.
Dyed said slipcover blue to match my Shabby Chic phase. You didn't notice the pillows didn't have covers made yet.
Third incarnation, chocolate brown with Ralph Lauren shams I sewed up. Prolly my favorite version. Of course this is the only shot I have of it. You didn't see my dd drinking her latte. Or the way the arm on the slipcover reveals that I didn't know what the heck I was doing.
Same chair as above behind dd, but I made real cushion covers and a wee pillow.
Not sure this counts, but I made those ruffly cases (and the shams, duvet and valance) for my bedroom recently.
A cushion cover with ruffle. She looks much better than with the off-center stripes you didn't see before.
Taupe stripe dining chair covers.
Evenutally put them on these chairs to match the skirted hutch.
Dropcloth cushion cover, skirt, pillow shams. This was my first foray with adding piping and a zipper to a weird shaped cushion.
New shams to match the skirt above.
I will be trying my hand at a sofa and loveseat in the near future. Can't decide between khaki twill or straight washed denim. Should be oooooodles of fun.