I was chosen as one of the top 12 in the "Sew You Think You Can Sew" Contest at Mommy by Day Crafter by Night Blog out of 175 projects!!! Voting starts Wednesday (Jan 4th) 8am EST and ends Thursday (Jan 5th) night at 8pm....so head on over and vote for your favorite project (bottom 3 get eliminated every week). One vote per computer, phone, or ipad.
Week One theme for the contest is for "the Home".
Here is the project I decided to share. My client Jenn picked up 8 Hendricksal Ikea parson chairs for her dining room. She also picked up some cream muslin and a couple sets of tan linen curtains from Ikea as well.
Here is the before....I loved the dark legs on the parson chairs.
Here is the after.....
Jenn wanted to use the muslin on the main body...but it was too thin. SoI doubled it up (lined it) to make it a better weight so you couldn't see the pinkish hue from the underneath chair.
We used the 2 sets of tan linen curtains as the outside back of the chairs and the top ruffle of the skirt. The tan linen ruffle was 4" tall and the muslin ruffle was 6" tall.
I gathered on the two sets of ruffles separately to ensure a tighter gather.
The muslin 6" finished ruffle is self lined, I cut 13" strips and folded them in half....(6"+6"+.5"+.5") (.5 is seam allowance at top).
To reduce bulk, the tan linen 4" ruffle has a 1.5" blind hem along the bottom edge. I cut strips 6" tall (4"skirt +1.5" for hem +.5" seam allowance at top)
Of course I had Jenn prewash all her fabric, so that she can wash her slipcovers and they won't shrink in the wash. Tip--- Wash in hot with double liquid fabric softener to help with the wrinkles, and dry on High to ensure maximum shrinkage. Depending on your washer size, you can wash 7-10 yds in a load.
After the skirts were sewn on, they seemed a little "fluffy", so I took a hot iron and steamed and ironed the ruffles flat. I also made sure to iron the edges good to make them look crisp...especially the cream muslin layer since it was self lined.
I loved the contrast of having the outside back in a different fabric.
Jenn is tons of fun and is awesome at decorating and does event planning in the Utah area...if you are interested in her services, her site is http://www.jpieperdesign.com/ .
Since September she has had me slipcover her wingbacks, ottoman, and oversized chair. Love this girl!
How BEAUTIFUL is her new dining room??!!!!! We got it done in time for her Christmas Party.
Side Note--- Heading to Maui on Thursday!!!! The kids are super excited!