Ahhhh! The curved rocker cover in corduroy is finished and looking very inviting. Re-covering the steel frame chair was indeed a lengthy project from start to finish. A virtual marathon of stitching (43 feet in total) was required, and a couple of serious sessions spent fine-tuning a perfectly snug fit. But all worthwhile in my opinion.
Vintage everything is still a hot trend. And, as this was a gift from my Mum back in the days of lava lamps, I always recall her quirky enthusiasm for chairs.
Having traced the original ripped and worn upholstery cover and then making a muslin prototype (muslin pattern post), I was ready to cut the actual pattern pieces. I even drew a pattern layout for 44″ wide textile should I choose to make another (very likely).
As some commenters have noted earlier, another excellent choice for fabric would be a stretch velour. That would ensure a superb fit, and no wrinkles when you get up after a solid Sunday afternoon read. (Yes, I still lug books from the library, pile them beside me and balance my coffee and biscuits on them. Hello, stern librarian.)
Amount of fabric required on a 44″ wide bolt: 3.3 to 3.5 yards
Order of assembly:
- Number One. Sew in the zipper, which will join the left back and the right back.
- Now assemble the sides by sewing the short seams between sections.
- Sew sides together at top.
- Join sides with back. Sew all around
- Baste top to the rest of the cover. Adjust if necessary.
- Sew completely around and trim the seams at corners and edge finish.
Put the slipcover on this way: Slip the foot area on; slip the head on a bit. Turn the chair on its side and slip one hip in. Now the other. ZZZzzzzzip (very long zipper)! Sit.