Marilyn is in the house!

In CategoryCrafts, Sewing

About ten years ago (give or take a few years), I purchased a vintage wing chair from a local estate sale. I bought the chair because it had nice lines and was built just right for a person of my exquisite stature of 5’2″.
She’s lived in the unfinished basement and garage the past ten years, so she was quite dusty, and needed another good cleaning.

Next, I placed pieces of muslin over each and every area of the chair so that I could trace, and make pattern pieces. The photo above shows how imprecise the fabric is at this time, before sewing them all together and checking for a tight and perfect fit (see photo below).

I just couldn’t get a good fit in the “crotch” (keep it clean folks), area of the chair. This is the place where three different planes of fabric meet, which creates a “bunch in her panties” so to speak. I proceeded with cutting out the decorator fabric using the muslin pattern pieces, which of course is a painter’s drop cloth. This fabric is CHEAP and comes in huge sections, just perfect for slipcovers and curtains. It also looks a lot like expensive linen. Win-win!

I sewed together all the pieces, adding a ton of welting on all of her curves. This added a new level of frustration, but anyone who knows me can understand my fierceness when taking on challenges. The tuck in fabric was WAY to bunchy and I stewed over this for at least a month.

Finally, I bit the bullet and spent the entire day resewing the tuck in areas to reduce the bulk. I’m sure I did this process at least 4-5 times, trimming and replacing the slipcover on Marilyn each time, until the fit was nice and tight and sleek.

Now Marilyn (Monroe), who got her name because of her curvy silhouette, is in the house … the office. She’s updated and marvelous, and displays all her curves with a fit-like-a-glove slipcover. No sloppy, loose, tent dress for her! All I have to do now is add a little bling by way of pillows in dreamy blue/green/gray fabrics.

I guess that diamonds (in the rough) are really a girl’s best friend after all! I love my shapey wing chair!

One Response to “Marilyn is in the house!”

  1. Jeanne Mazzoni Says:

    Hi Marilyn,
    My Italian husband and I ran across your 2010 Italy trip blog of photos and comments. We totally enjoyed it this morning, while having our coffee. We returned from Italy a couple of weeks ago and were there for 6 weeks, so we saw a lot of the places you visited and that’s why we loved your photos so much.
    If you have time, please send me an e-mail. I’d like to communicate a little bit with you.
    Jeanne Mazzoni ~ Edmonds, Washington

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