This was such a great project! Remember the matelassé wing chairs? Well, these were the first project I did for that same client. She has a lovely dining room across from the living room where the wing chairs live. She was wanting to update the look of the whole room, and had already put fresh paint on the walls. At one of our first meetings, she was adding new color to the back of her china cabinet. Initially, she just wanted seat covers for the chairs, as she had already fashioned simple covers for the backs (including cute stenciled monograms!). We talked some more and emailed ideas back and forth and eventually landed on this inspiration picture...
(Image from Country Living; slipcovers by Gracie's Custom Interiors)
... which made me quite excited as I had seen this picture in a magazine years ago and loved those covers! I never dreamed that I would get to recreate them some day! My client selected an ivory brushed twill for the fabric, understanding of course, that it would not quite perform like the linen in the picture, but would be sturdy and washable.
This project was accomplished in stages. First, I fashioned a sample cover to get the fit, shape, and coverage right (the red toile had to be covered with minimal "peak-through" on the sides of the top panels). Once I had the shape right, I made a pattern and cut all the pieces I needed (did I mention that there were 6 chairs? Hence, the need for a pattern!). I also cut plain muslin for the lining. Then, I made the yards of pleated trim - Quick Pleaters to the rescue again :) I cut and finished the edges of all the ribbons. And then it was assembly time!
And I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...
We used ribbon ties so that the front and back panels could be separated if needed.
And here they are in place...
What a pretty room!
Have you every created something based on a picture you have seen somewhere (Pinterest, anyone?)?