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Fitted Slip Cover with the help of Craftsy


We bought a chaise lounge on Kijiji and I decided it needed a new look, rather than the light caramel color it was. Armed with Cherie Killilea's Craftsy course: Custom Fitted Slipcovers, I decided to tackle this project. 
The fabric is a cotton poly blend plaid and a polyester black for the piping. interfacing was needed for the skirt panels at the bottom. 

Cherie is a relaxed teacher, but she gives good directions and demonstrates most of the techniques in detail. I had to watch how to make the mitered corners a few times before I could do them properly. Lucky for me the video has the 30 second repeat! 

One difficulty that I had to deal with was the attached shapeless pillow. I was thinking of making a folded or gathered shape using elastic to keep its shape. But, I remembered that I had a lovely cabled charcoal knit that matched perfectly and had more give. By sewing in two darts, I created a box shaped top and can tuck in the sides and bottom. 

I particularly like the black piping which gives the slip cover a tailored look. Matching this plaid was at times quite easy but at the bottom of the couch, it proved challenging. 

I think that someone should invent a zipper walking foot. It would help feeding the piping, interfaced skirts and the base together. Even doing this in two steps with lots of pins, knocked the pattern matching out.  

I used black Velcro on one of the back side seams and it actually tricks the eye into thinking it is the piping. 

I give myself a C plus on this first attempt. I need more work on the seam under the curved arms, as there is some fullness there I'd like to eliminate.