Friday, February 10, 2006

New (for me) fabrication method

Just finished a barrel-back wing chair with an existing slipcover (totally shredded - gotta love those cats!). It featured a construction I've never seen before:

IB and deck were one continuous piece, which draped over the edge. No separate skirt; slipcover ended where upholstery ended. Well made, but obviously fabricated with speed in mind. Custom made in a local one-woman workroom.

How common is this?


Shirley Hendry Walsh said...

ummm, unless there's a reason to cut, most speed operations ( in home cutters who always and only ever cut, never sew ) you wouldn't benefit from having cut.

think of it this way: not only have you saved making a seam or two, you have kept it on grain, kept the pattern in the same direction, kept pattern matched, and created fewer loose threads and lost pieces once unpinned, and maybe wasted less goods.

so, rather than saying it's unethical, it's maybe responsible.

On the other hand, if it was going in the wrong direction off grain upside down and wasting fabric, it still IS.

Dede in Mass said...

Certainly appeared efficient. BUT, (in my opinion) IB needed seams to accomodate the barrel; I thought the old slip was overly loose (hard to tell for sure, since it was in such sad shape).

The arms were a thing of beauty, though. Thanks, Shirley. :)

karen said...

Can you post a photo????

Would love to see a photo...