Friday, September 27, 2013

the "nerd" has moved..

Thats right folks! this blog is moving to a new address!! I figured it was time to put"slipcover" in the address cause lets be honest, that pretty much all I do and I love it!! Plus, it would be nice to pop up in peoples browser when they search slipcovers...

You can now find me at The Sewing Nerd Slipcovers Cute Carrie at Carrie Loves Design gave my blog an update and did an awesome job! I may have been a small (large) pain in her a$% but I love it! So to all of you that follow me (all 4 of you) you can find me there posting what I have been up to!! Peace!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Just a little ditty...

Remember this post??? Well my client picked up this little ditty of a chair

totally a "pre-loved" piece of furniture but its soo cute and petite! The chair is for her daughters room and is mostly for show. She picked a white cotton linen blend for the slipcover. She wanted to keep the ruffle skirt as well. It turned out pretty cute!

It turned out pretty great for not being lined.(white fabric is tricky... it almost always needs to be lined unless you are working with light colored furniture..) Every little girl needs little vanity chair for their room...

Saturday, September 7, 2013

2 dragons....

have you seen Starsky and Hutch? if so... this makes perfect sense!

Great movie!! this moment between Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson kept playing thru my head while on worked on these 2 awesome chairs! You may be asking yourself "why?" or "this girl is nuts!" but stay with me! there is a reason. You see my client has been waiting and waiting to find the perfect fabric to cover her 2 chairs. after months of waiting, back order and changes she came up with the coolest fabric ever!! Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon Now this fabric is no joke and at the price it is per yard, I was shaking in my boots a little before I started cutting it! She ordered it from the UK and totally worth it if you ask me!! Here are her chairs before they became super fantastic:

They were in great shape and had fun modern lines. i had to take my time with this one because of the fabric.. It was a really nice linen, but linen moves a little when you work with it. So I had to whisper sweet nothings to it to make it cooperate! we are taking "2 dragons" here! But it was all worth it cause check them out now!!!

I am soo in love with how they turned out!! I was able to get the dragon on each cushion as well as the bigger parts of the chair. She was beyond thrilled with how they turned out! and they look great in her house too! I was also able to squeak out 4 24"x24" pillows as well.

I used up every last bit of her fabric! Dragons Rock! Now how to keep people from sitting on those chairs $$$!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Union Jack 2

So in the last post my client wanted a a few wing chairs that were done out of drop cloth so she could paint the Union Jack in the inside back. Well she dropped off this when she came for the finished one!

It was pretty close in shape to the one i just finished for her only it has different arms...the arm fronts recess back a little bit. It turned out pretty cute! She had me make some pillows as well to go with her chairs. Its crazy how great a painters drop cloth can look!

The drop cloth as became a hit again! I have another client who will be doing a pair of wing chairs in drop cloth only I convinced her to do a fun skirt! Stay tuned...

I also worked on a fun duvet with matching pillows and drapes last week too. Pics will come as soon as I drop off the goods! Today I am working on 2 cool little low arm chairs that will be covered in this fabulousness:

You can thank Schumacher for creating the Chiang Mai Dragon, but you may want to punch them in the throat for how much the price is per yard... seriously! we are talking $150+ A YARD. I said a small prayer before I started cutting...Just to be safe! These will be picked up saturday because me and the husband are headed to our annual Couples Lake Powell trip (could not come fast enough..) so check back saturday! or maybe tomorrow if you are lucky!

I have 1 opening left this month, so hit me up if you want to turn your "loved and tired" looking furniture into something fabulous!!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

"Jack" of all trades

Remember when "painters drop cloths" were hot?! They're back!!! They are a great alternative to your typical fabric. They are super durable (its made to catch paint for heavens sakes!)and super cheap!! I forgot how much I love working with them, especially when they are freshly washed... Can you smell the clean laundry now??? It makes the fitting process soo much better. I feel like I am in a laundry detergent commercial and I am the guy sniffing the towels... anyways.. Its pretty great.

My client contacted me and had an idea... she asked me if I could slipcover several wing chairs in a durable fabric because she is wanting paint the good ol' Union Jack on the back rest. um...YA!!! She is in the middle of collecting these wing chairs and lucky for her, I had this! (remember how I am a procrastinator with my own stuff...)

So I grabbed some drop cloths, washed them and got to work! I am soo happy that "little blue" found a home!

I absolutely love the shape and size of this wing back chair, hence the reason why I bought it.. Its the perfect size! She did not want a skirt, she wanted a very tailored look so I finished off the bottom with piping. I cant wait to see how it turns out with the Union Jack! She is picking it up today and swapping it out with more. Love it!

I still have 2 spots open in September. Contact me to get on the list!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blue Babe

School is back in session.. who is jumping for joy??? I have to admit... My oldest started 1st grade yesterday and I was a little sad... No more lunch outings with him or seeing him in the early afternoon. Since we moved he now gets to ride the bus. I had nightmares that he would take it to school and then not show up after school.. But I am happy to report, he made it!! Luckily for us we have some really good friends in the neighborhood and our boys can ride the bus together and are in the same class. boom! He had soo much fun at school and I can now rest easy... Oakley... on the other hand started her last year of preschool monday and is already having the boys eating out of her hands... I am scared for her teenage years.. But schedules are forming and I am feeling like things are getting back to normal!

My client had this love seat with cushions that did not originally belong to the you can see in the picture the cushions were not wide enough and just awkward fitting...It did not matter what way you turned them, they just did not want to cooperate! But dont you worry, I beefed them up real nice so they fit snug as a bug in a rug!

This couch is going in my client's master bedroom and she wanted it to have a beachy feel to it. She bought a blue twill fabric that had some good stretch.  She did not want a skirt, she wanted it to be very tailored looking.  I had to wrap the cushions in batting to get the size right. In the end the couch turned out great! Big blue babe! 

She mentioned on her way out that she was going to make pillows out of a blue ticking stripe to tie everything together.  We all know how much I love a good ticking stripe!!  

September is starting to fill up so contact me to get on the schedule!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

the "beast" 2.0

I am happy to present to you my new cutting table. Which I built all by myself!! She is lighter than the original beast of a table, yet very durable and will be easier to move when the time comes..(kill me now!) I do miss my cute, bright and cheery sewing room in our old house, but hey, I have lots of room in the basement and its not super dark!! So thats a plus.. right?! Well, here it is..

It took me about 2 hours to build. I could not believe how sore i was the next day...seriously... a little pathetic!! But hey, I am a proud mama! Some of you may ask, "why didn't your husband do it or help you?". because.. if you know me at all, you know I hate waiting! and if I can figure out how to do it myself, i will. Plus my husband is crazy busy with his landscaping. He leaves the house at 7am and gets home at 9pm every day... i am sure the first thing he wants to do when he gets home is build more crap! lol! I have my machines in the "dining room" and the "living room" has become the catch all furniture fitting room.. sure I have to run up and down stairs to prep fabric, but hey, "if you don't take the elevators and only take the stairs like Cary Grant" you will be golden. right?
anyways, stay tuned tomorrow for a new post!