A new client contacted me with dreams of a slipcover. When she sent the pictures, I was aghast. The enormity of this sectional was boggling. I did not respond immediately...it was "The Beast" in the room. In all seriousness, I was not sure I was up for the job. To date, it is the largest sectional I have ever sewn.
My client told me there was not a consignment shop that would take it. Resale appeared to be impossible. Personally, I think it would have taken a chainsaw to get it out of the house. The Beast was there to stay. Not only was it finialled but the pillows were a trap. The long loopy fringe on the pillows attached themselves to buttons, fingernails & belts causing the victim to have to be clipped from the entanglement. This poor homeowner could rarely convince guests to sit on this fiendish furniture. A bad back pillow will keep company away. It was a cruel couch!
Let's start with the fabric--it was going to take 44 yards! To put that into perspective that is more than twice the normal amount for even a large sofa. The yardage & labor cost created sticker shock for the client. We ended up using eight, 10 oz - 9 x 12' Everbilt brand painter's dropcloths. She had to split & launder all of these -- three times to appropriately shrink the fabric.
The finished product made the reveal all the more impressive. Instead of loopy fringe pillows, we recreated structured box pillows & filled them with large down Euros, shoring up with large amounts of Polyfil.
What was The Beast has become The Best!
Having found my calling as a sewologist & design consultant many years ago, I am in a place where I want to share my passion for interior renewal. I create and recreate updated style with fabrics and hope to inspire others to do the same. I am fortunate enough to be doing what I love and want to share it, one home at a time.