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Retro Victorian Re-Up

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Category Gardening
Type Home Decor
Style Retro / Vintage, Whimsical, Funky
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What materials did you use? Retro Arc-Com upholstery fabric (deal on e-bay) Unpholstery tools and sewing needles Upholstery grade thread Patience!

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What are you most proud of? When I purchased the chair, I did not realize the the way it was padded would mean that I would have to sew the fabric pieces directly on the chair padding -- and I thought this would be a quick project! I learned to do the 'ladder stitch' for the upholstery on you-tube, practiced it a few times, and then away I went. It's not perfect, but I am proud of the stitching.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Always make sure that your padding is in good condition before you purchase a 2nd hand or antique chair. Don't be afraid to mix up styles (e.g. Victorian with retro fabric) because you can create something unexpectedly wonderful!

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Wow! I'm inspired!

11/24/2012 Flag

An interesting but out-of-date chair (simply because of its fabric and fabric treatment) transformed into a very cool, sleek focal piece that invites guests to get comfortable! Lovely job!! An inspiration!

12/30/2012 Flag

Great job! I wouldn't have seen the potential in this. also Romeo is such a big cuddly looking boy! :D My boy Quentin loves getting in the middle of stuff too :)

01/07/2013 Flag

Hello fellow Texan! Being from Austin, I miss Tex-Mex sooo much. Saw your projects, they're fab!

01/07/2013 Flag

You do awesome work! Have you taken an upholstery class or self taught?

01/17/2013 Flag

Sorry for the slow reply -- I'm completely self taught via Craftsy, Youtube and a book I bought. I must have looked at three or four videos to understand the ladder stitch used for this chair. :)

02/17/2013 Flag

I love the fabric you chose...I am a lover of whimsical things too..I think it's cute that your cat has to make sure all is well with the project! Did you have a hard time making the piping? The chair turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

02/18/2014 Flag