Retro Victorian Re-Up

Project Description

What type of item is this? Home Decor How would you describe the style of your project? Whimsical How would you describe the style of your project? Funky How would you describe the style of your project? Retro / Vintage 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. 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!

What you will need

  • Retro Arc-Com upholstery fabric (deal on e-bay) Unpholstery tools and sewing needles Upholstery grade thread Patience!

Q&A with Wassupspock

Roxy.Bee asked:
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 :)
Wassupspock answered:
Hello fellow Texan! Being from Austin, I miss Tex-Mex sooo much. Saw your projects, they're fab!
IntFrugalista asked:
You do awesome work! Have you taken an upholstery class or self taught?
Wassupspock answered:
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. :)