I checked out several library books for help with making the slipcover. They ended up confusing me more than helping. I ended up just using the seam lines on the old chair as pattern guides. I drew the patterns straight onto the fabric and added 1/2" seam allowances when cutting them out. I draped the pieces over the chair in their spot as I cut them out so that I wouldn't get confused when it was time to sew them together.
I pinned it all on about 100 times during the construction. I would pin two pieces together, take it off the chair, sew it, then put it back on the chair to check the fit and pin the next two pieces.
I had to pick out many seams after sewing them in wrong. Waaaaaaay too many! I dropped my bowl of 10,000 straight pins once. Well, it seemed like that many to me. I have pin-pricked fingers. I had to walk away from my project many times out of frustration. Okay, I'll quit whining now but I just wanted to let you know why it took me 1 1/2 weeks to make the slipcover.
But, in the end...I'm quite pleased with how the slipcover turned out. Here's my proud chair in her new dress:
...and the back...
...and here she is in her new spot in the living room. She just fits right in like she's always been there.
Just one more peek at her in her new corner.
After doing my household chores for today AND tomorrow!!!! and finishing my huge slipcover project, I decided to reward my guys and myself with a little Southern comfort food; pinto beans, fried potatoes, and made-from-scratch biscuits! Oh yes, comfort doesn't get much better than that. I even made my biscuits the old fashioned way. In case you care, here's how I make them:
Cut 1/4 cup coconut oil (or butter) into 2 cups self-rising flour. Blend until mealy.
Gradually stir in enough buttermilk (around 1 cup) to make a stiff dough.
Knead 2-3 times, just to make it all hold together pretty well. Then pinch off pieces, roll them into balls and flatten into your pan or cast iron skillet.
Bake at 475 degrees about 25 minutes, until they are golden brown and making your kitchen smell heavenly. Slather them with real butter and enjoy!