The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 20, 1991 · Page 59
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sunday, October 20, 1991
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F-2lnStyle THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, October 20. 1991 Fabric tips New slipcovers, reupholstering give sofa a lift Save money by doing it yourself r" ' ' .mil. n I mi i in ..nil null 111,11 A'Vl 5 is'. Whether you sew slipcovers or try your hand at upholstering, choose fabric carefully. A few tips: m Weight A heavy 100 cotton fabric in the widest possible width typically 48 inches to 54 inches is usually the best choice for slipcovers. Upholstering calls for a heavier, tightly woven fabric, often with a bonded backing for strength and body, strong enough to withstand the stapling and tacking. Pattern. Be sure to choose a solid color fabric, an all-over print or a tiny stripe or check. Missing from the list of desirables are large prints, stripes, checks and plaids that require matching, centering or both. A large pattern such as a floral motif must be centered on a chair cushion, not left to wander off a comer. Likewise, plaids must be centered and not cut off mid-pattern. Also, pattern repetition must be consistent throughout the piece of furniture. Trim. Piping is used in slipcovers and upholstery to strengthen seams and to define the lines of a sofa or chair. It also lends a quality, professional look. Piping can be purchased in a matching or contrasting color. Or, if working with a lighter weight slipcover fabric, it's possible to cover cording to achieve matching piping. DONNA SALYERS stery is a time-consuming step and one that can be skipped if the fabric isn't too soiled and is intact to the point that tears or holes won't show through the new covering. Prepare to cut by centering the fabric right-side up over a portion of the sofa or chair, say a back or arm. In cutting, be sure to leave an extra two or three inches around Butterick's pattern No. 4592 gives step-by-step instructions on measuring, estimating fabric yardage and sewing slipcovers such as these. rl n BY DONNA SALYERS The sofa in your living room needs help. And it's going to take more than turning and fluffing the pillows; a serious makeover is in order, requiring new slipcovers or reupholstering. If reason .for a change is cosmetic a new color scheme or a change of season then slipcovers are the answer. New uphol stery, on the other hand, allows for more dramatic improvements such as repad-ding worn arms or repairing a frame. Can you make slipcovers or reupholster furniture yourself? Which is faster? And what are the cost considerations? For starters, the average person will find upholstering easier This no-sew from Butterick's LT ATWvr"-. nil EOT slipcover comes No. 3093. u U U li3 viMU 7 u n u ii )o to handle than sewing slipcovers, says Juanita Boland, owner of Juan's Decorating & Custom Draperies in White Oak. "Upholstering is easier to do than slipcovers because there's not as much sewing involved. Upholstering is almost all stapling and tacking." Beyond ease, there are other things to consider, she says: Cost. Boland says having a professional sew slipcovers for an average-size love seat is likely to cost about $400, while new upholstery for the same piece of furniture will run $700. (Several local shops gave similar prices.) . If you do it yourself, the difference in cost between sewing slipcovers and upholstering will be minimal. Slipcover fabric, though, is generally less expensive than upholstery fabric. But slipcovers use more fabric than upholstering does. Staying power. On the negative side, slipcovers tend to slip and slide and often require constant pulling and tucking to keep them smooth and centered. Upholstery, on the other hand, once stapled in place with a heavy-duty staple gun, is fairly stable. Cleaning. When it comes to upkeep, slipcovers cart be easily removed for dry cleaning while the cleaning of upholstered furniture is a bit more cumbersome. To upholster If your sewing skills are limited, Boland suggests upholstering the base of a sofa or chair and taking the cushions to an upholstering expert who can finish up the sewing portion. ; And if you're serious about tackling upholstering, Boland recommends learning how on a small chair. If you don't already own a shabby candidate, pick up one at a second-hand store. Start by taking it apart, removing the back and the 'side panels. "You'll begin to understand that these (back and side) pieces are the last to go on because they hide 'all the staples and tacking," she !says. r" Indeed, dismantling the chair 'will be a lesson in the reupholstery process. Observe where the original fabric is stapled, tucked or specifically handled. ' Removing the original uphol There are three backward customs in the furniture business that leave shoppers absolutely twisted. One, paying extra for a fabric they like. Two, pickinga fabric fora huge piece i of furniture usinga swatch the size of a band-aid. And three, waiting for up to four months to have it delivered. Well now, one store is single-handedly : i i .-i :.. i : turning a uauwaru lurnuure uusinebs upside down. The Rowe Showplace. It'sa whole new way to buy furniture. $ 299 status chairs by Rowe. 1 6 traditional and contemporary styles, hundreds of fabrics. Complete with the Rowe limited iiieumewuriumy. pick, er. J ' 'I V ' tit I tor ufhirh tV.1 r each piece for stretching and stapling. The secret to professional results in upholstering, Boland says, lies in pulling and smoothing the fabric well as you staple. For more information, look for books on upholstering at the public library, including Upholstering & Recovering (Ortho, 1989). For slipcovers If you take the slipcover route, a pattern such as Butterick No. 4592 gives detailed step-by-step instructions on everything from measuring to estimating fabric yardage and sewing. Like human bodies, furniture isn't necessarily symmetrical. Slipcovers, therefore, are cut and fitted directly on the furniture, with the fabric right-side out. With fabric edges wrong sides together, it's easy to mark seams on the wrong side of the fabric while it's pinned in place. . Once the fabric pieces are removed and repinned, right sides together, the markings furnish stitching guides. No-sew slipcovers If you want slipcovers but don't want to sew them, wrap-and-tie slipcovers may be the answer. And several wrap-and-tie patterns are available: Butterick Nos. 5350 and 3093, and Vogue Nos. 1711 and 2374. Wrap-and-tie slipcovers begin with lengths of flat fabric that are Shaped with pleats and tucks after the fabric is draped over the furniture. The fabric is held in place with T-pins and self-fastening closures such as Velcro, cord or rope your kind of sewing, right? Pattern pieces are unnecessary. Instead, the Butterick and Vogue patterns contain instructions on measuring individual pieces of furniture, calculating the correct amount of fabric yardage, and covering and finishing each piece, using either a ruffled skirt or more tailored pleats. Because most pieces of furniture call for fabric wider than a 54-inch width off the bolt, sheets are often an excellent fabric choice for slipcovers. For example, a flat king-size sheet (108 by 102 inches) is equivalent to almost six yards of 54-inch fabric. Draped over a love seat and artfully pleated and secured, that $30 sheet can take the place of a $700 upholstery job. 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