Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Back to work

Hi all. Is everyone back to work? Well here we are my boys and myself. Took a brief walk after our T Day eating.

Some of you should be getting an auto response about the Slipcover Press. I am not doing a Fall issue as I have been trying to figure out a program to have this up online.

Automation is the only way to keep up with the Slipcover Press. If you would like your quarterly publication mail USPS mail.... I need to know.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

taking a break from sewing, asking for feedback...

from my waay too late and not getting out the door anyway by thanksgiving slipcover project du jour..... to say don't forget to enjoy your holidays. 35 years of slipcovers later, I can tell you people forgive late sewing. Celebrate while you can !

On another note, I am using the first couple weeks of january to get together picture series for discs for the summit.

If there's something you want to see I can slip it in there now.

might as well ask here.............

Monday, November 21, 2005

looking for some feedback

what's the most you could hope to upcharge for lining a slipcover ?

express as a percent, and whether you'd add materials atop that.

what would make you offer or try to do this ? what circumstances ?

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Tessy's Recent Project

Just had to share this great slipcover job that Tessy sent me....


This is sooo creative. How many of these chairs did you have to make?

Great job

Friday, November 18, 2005

Brown and the latest mad science report

are we calling it Brown, Karen ? Hybrid ? Rainbow ?

for the effort of having a muslin pattern made ahead of time ( which serves at estimate time for a closer number and allows the half deposit to be demanded at that time anyway.....)

you can have a glue basted ( think many fewer pins and no time hunting for a way to insert them while avoiding the chair ) RS out fully fitted cover, lined and even stuffed ala the Maureen Whitmore craze ( but we can skip that too ).

Measurements can be substituted for the muslin in some cases, but a good premade muslin pattern serves so many good uses, and many people make them already.

General idea : the outside body pieces are steamed, cut to size, corded and lined. They look pillow cased when done, they are separate, not joined to anything. They are overlocked at the skirt line, and are longer than needed.

The inside body pieces are steamed, lined, assembled to other inside body pieces. They are cut to size but left long to underlap the outside body pieces.

The outside body pieces are prepared with Rowley's fuseable web, 2" on the lining side, and pressed with release silicone paper. Outside body pieces are ready to fuse when positioned.

Inside body pieces are positioned ( already joined, lined, overlocked ) pinned into the chair so as to make as tight as desired and overlapped into what would be the areas covered by outside body pieces....O back, arm front panels, O arm, De fronts, DE side panels, O wings if any, O side panels if any.

The outside body pieces are applied positioned, tightened, pinned, and fused. Skirt line cord is fused at this time as well, ready to receive the skirt once stitched.

Stittching is done from the front.

Lining used can be cheap and removed ( with the fuseable ) as soon as no longer needed, or kept as part of finished product.

Weird, no ? Fun for me, I like fun. Wicked fun, I have been waiting to glue a slipcover all my life.....

Monday, November 14, 2005

not avoiding anybody

just eyebrow deep in window treatments, don't ask me why.

Gonna start banding slipcover skirts, I certainly have it down now. Banded $11,000 worth of drapes this year, more coming in the door. Jeezzzzz

Fantasizing about glue basting slipcovers. Anyone who wants to receive and help critique photos depicting BROWN the week of jan 9th as they are put on a disc with paragraphs explaining Brown, let me know.

slipcoverlady at juno dot com.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

There's a "Floors and Interiors" store in town; they added a line of window treatments a few years ago. The van of a local decorator is often parked outside, so I think she is part of the business.

I'm going to approach them *eek!* - if we work something out, is there a payment standard?

1. They refer customers to me, I pay them a commission (__%). (What IS the going rate, anyway?)

2. I bill the store, they charge customers whatever they want. They may or may not want to deal with fabric, not sure how that would work either way.

Any experience with this? Anyone?