Custom Slipcovers Made Easy: 25 Weekend Projects to Dress Up Your Decor Spiral-bound – 28 Dec 2007
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"Custom Slipcovers Made Easy" features a range of stylish projects to create seasonal "clothing" for furniture that is practical and durable. Simple instructions and over 200 photographs enable first time sewers to learn a new skill and skilled sewers to try something new to liven up any living space. The 25 projects include a wide array of furniture coverings for chairs, sofa sleepers, love seats, a child's chair and a daybed.
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Custom Slipcovers Made Easy is in a spiral binding inside. The outside is hardcover. You can open the book to the page you want to work from, and it will stay open and flat. I love that.
The pictures offer easy directions. Measuring is done on real chairs, muslin covers have dotted lines to show you what to look at, layout directions are shown as are fabric repeats, directions are given for unusually shaped chairs, creative finishes are explained, and the end result is tailored.
The appendix is full of charts to fill in for your particular chair. Charts cover furniture dimensions, cutting chart for shell/cushions/skirts, layout graphs for various fabric widths, yardage yield for bias, and shopping lists. The author even suggests photocopying these.
Additionally, the author writes as though she is speaking to you. The book reads as friendly rather than as a textbook. She encourages you and makes you feel that you will be successful.
Need more information about the author's skills? She writes for Threads, the penultimate sewing magazine IMO.
I may check out CPGS on occasion, but this is the book I will really use.
All the "tools" you will need to make slip covers are listed in the book and the instructions are very clear and concise. If you follow the instructions step by step and have all the right "tools" straight pins, measuring tapes, ect it isn't that difficult. Everything has it's learning curve and once you've made your first pattern and slip cover the next one is much easier.
This book is not for beginners. You need to be an intermediate to advanced sewer.
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