Make a Muslin Slipcover for Curved Rocker

Fresh foam slabs have been glued to the curved rocker frame. Now I want to test the slip-cover pattern I outlined from the original corduroy.

Fabric shops sell pattern paper or interfacing with grid marks. Use a thick black marker to outline the chair cover sections and then add a good 3/4 inch for seam allowances.

Fabric shops sell pattern paper or interfacing with grid marks. Use a thick black marker to outline the chair cover sections and then add a good 3/4 inch for seam allowances.

I outlined all the necessary pattern pieces on tracing tissue and cut them out of muslin fabric. First I installed the long zipper up the middle of the two-piece back. Then I assembled the left and right sides. Each is made up of three pieces. Next, I positioned the back under the chair and pinned on the sides. I kept seam allowances facing out so I could fine tune the fit.  Begin pinning at the widest part of the chair (the hip) and work up and down.

Turn the chair bottom-up if you want. Begin by placing the zippered back in position and then pin on the sides. The seams for the mock-up face out, so you can make fitting adjustments.

Turn the chair bottom-up if you want. Begin by placing the zippered back in position and then pin on the sides. The seams for the mock-up face out, so you can make fitting adjustments.

Once the back and sides are pinned, I laid down the upper piece and pinned all around, again beginning at the seat. Once the chair was well wrapped, I sat in it and I noted that the most stressed seam will be at the very top front. I plan to interface those sections and double stitch.

The upper piece is pinned on last. Once all pieces are pinned together you can mark matching notches to help alignment of the final upholstery pieces.

The upper piece is pinned on last. Once all pieces are pinned together you can mark matching notches to help alignment of the final upholstery pieces.

When making a test slip-cover, check the assembly and make sure that there is ample fabric for seam allowances. On my curved rocker, I decided to deepen the sides at the seat and lengthen the back piece at the foot. I made those corrections to the mock-up, and once satisfied I marked alignment symbols where the sections met. My mock gets a pass and the next step is to cut out my new upholstery.

 

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