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the Dining CHAIR 
a cautionary tale |
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I then proceeded to pin these pieces of fabric together on the chair. This involved a lot of tugging and pulling, pinning and re-pinning. Once I got all the pieces attached to each other in approximately the manner that theyd be joined for the slipcover, it was relatively easy to make adjustments to the fit (this was the re-pinning part). When Id finally managed to get everything to the point where it seemed to drape relatively smoothly over the chair, I proceeded to draw seam lines at every point where two pieces of fabric came together. Surprisingly enough, I also had the foresight to label each piece, so that Id know what went where later on. I unpinned the fabric, and trimmed all around the magic marker lines, leaving a 1.5"-inch margin all around.

Step two: Cutting the Fabric
I now had in my hands a handy-dandy little pattern that I could use to cut out all the pieces Id need from the fabric I was using to make the slipcover. Id decided to go with a pure, ultra-white fabric a medium-weight fabric that was thick enough not to be completely see-through, but not so stiff that it wouldnt drape. With the pattern pieces pinned to my fabric, I happily snipped away. I now had 8 pieces of fabric, which, when sewn together in the proper formation, would miraculously transform themselves into a lovely slipcover for my ugly chair. Or so the theory went

Step three: Pinning the Fabric
To begin with, I hemmed all the edges that would show once the slipcover was finished. This meant the bottom and inside edges of the two pieces for the back of the chair, along with the bottom of the seat cushion piece and the two side panel pieces. If Id been smart, Id also have finished the other edges, but alas anything that wouldnt show went ignored, for now. The next step, then, was much like the pattern-making step: pin all those suckers together to create a perfectly tailored cover for that chair.

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