April 10, 2011

Finished!

Whew! I finally finished the slipcover for my sofa this afternoon. It was a much more daunting endeavour than I thought it would be! The sofa measures 78 inches long and 38 inches deep, so there’s a lot to cover!4-10 013I ended up making a knife pleat sort of ruffle, because I just couldn’t figure out how to figure out how many box pleats I’d need to make a center pleat and then ones on each corner.

For the back, I overlapped two flaps and will put old mother-of-pearl buttons along the seam. I think that will give it a nice finish.

4-10 014Connor the stoner!

I swapped out the back pillows for some new down ones, and they seem to be working well.4-10 015Although this was a lot of work – about 25+ hours total – I am glad I did it, because now I know that I can!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out what’s on offer over at Atelier Pigtown! I’ve added a link on the right sidebar so you can check out what’s new at the shop.

35 comments:

  1. I've always thought about trying to make a slipcover, but it seemed like too daunting a task. Yours looks awesome!

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  2. HonesToGod, I bow at your feet. Well done, I mean welldamndone.

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  3. Nice job! And your dog coordinates nicely with your couch - ever the design professional, you!

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  4. Katie... the secret is to do it inside out and then pin and sew bits at a time, and then fit it again.

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  5. Flo... no bowing! your kind comments are enough!

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  6. Carmen + Ginger... that was the whole point! I am so bloody sick of seeing yellow hair from connor on everything, so i thought i'd just try and match everything! HA!

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  7. I am in awe. I have the skill and the eye, but not the patience. I bow to the mistress. Looks so professional.

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  8. Meg I love your slipcover it has turned out just beautifully....I would have to work side by side you to learn this!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  9. Wow - such talent. Well done you. It looks extremely comfortable, and obviously Connor thinks so too.

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  10. Yeah! I was rooting for you. I really love slipcovers, a good thing as I love dogs (and cats) even more.

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  11. Fantastic....you have such patience not to mention talent. Of course, now you can NEVER get rid of that sofa after going to so much work.

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  12. Your sofa looks gorgeous. Big change from what you began with. Well done!

    Moni

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  13. Brilliant! And Conor looks ready to jump up and blend right in!

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  14. we are all in awe of your needlework and tennacity - can you start a business - jan 'downunder'

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  15. Hooray! It looks amazing. Time to celebrate.

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  16. Whew! That's a big accomplishment. Well done!

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  17. Move over, Martha Stewart -- Auntie Meg's in town!!

    - waterlover

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  18. I am in awe, it looks great.

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  19. WOW!!! I would never have the patience! Hpoefully your next dog is not a black lab! :-)

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  20. I'm so impressed!!! I can sew--but 25 hours and recreating the wheel at the same time. I really like the comment "because I can"==I'm going to save it in my head to motivate me when I get "stuck." Thanks, Mary

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  21. Meg, I am beyond impressed! I have great respect for anyone who can teach themselves to accomplish a feat like that. It looks like a professional with many years of experience sewed it. Well done - it's beautiful!

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  22. Meg -- just wonderful!!

    Please come to my house and help me with some projects :)

    C

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  23. YOU ARE A GODDESS! Well done! (And the crowd roars........)

    Congrats!

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  24. holy cow! you did it. i can't imagine attempting a huge project like that - and you taught yourself to do it! well done.

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  25. I sew and have only attempted this project in my head. Thanks for showing that it can be done, one step at a time. I'm really impressed!

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  26. Absolutely amazing job! And so glad Connor likes it...
    I am trying to leave a comment on your "Atelier" blog, but Blogger "won't accept" my Open ID credentials. Hmmm. Well, I'll try a third time.

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  27. Great job Meg! I've never tried a slip cover - way too daunting!

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  28. i LOVE the box pleat! i can't believe you did that yourself - it looks so professional. you need to enter that in the slipcover linky party. i'll have to find the link for it. plus it's a great way to get new readers!!!
    let me go try to find it.

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  29. I slipcovered couches for years, but never had the patience (or time) to make a properly fitting cover. At 25 hours, I know you CAN do it but do you ever WANT to do it again? Looks fab! Piping too! I'm very impressed.

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  30. Wow, what a beautiful job on your first slipcover. I love Connor posing. Aren't Labs wonderful!

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  31. So awesome! I just brought home a floral beast from Salvation Army and can't wait to try my hand at a slipcover like this. Yours is very inspiring! (Love your darling lab too!)

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  32. Wow, Meg- great job! I love the texture in the fabric and your tailoring really looks top-notch! I've been completely out of the blog loop more or less since my third daughter was born but I'm finally getting my decorating mojo back and I'm hoping to get back to posting soon. Thanks for the shout out about my tutorial! Looking forward to clicking through to see what else I've missed here over the last few months!

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