Have you seen Pottery Barn’s Loose Fit slipcovers? Like this Dropcloth Twill Slipcover…if you’re not really digging the loose fit, you could turn it inside out, fit and tuck it to your sofa and tailor it to a better fit. With just a little pin fitting, trimming of the fabric, then sewing…you can easily have a custom fit slipcover for your sofa. It would totally be worth it to make your old sofa new again! photo courtesy Pottery Barn
Loving this Cotton/Linen Box-Pleat Tailored skirt. I’m pretty sure you could also turn it inside out to custom fit your sofa. Why not? Use it to your advantage. They’ve already done the hard work, you just have to tweak it a bit. The only drawback is that it won’t include individual cushion slipcovers. So, if you don’t mind having just one large slip…Go for it! They are a little more than what I would spend on fabric, but like I said they’ve already done most of the work.
Has anyone re-vamped a purchased slipcover? If so, please share!
These look great! Fab idea!
Pink and Polka Dot says
Girl! I bought a loose slipcover from Pottery Barn about 10 years ago and the same thing happened to me! Pottery Barn let me return it because so many people complained about the same thing! I love Pottery Barn! I'm just wondering if I could've made it work by tweaking it a bit??
Lisa B. says
I've been wanting to buy one of these types of covers. I think there is a lot of tucking with all throw type covers. Even the semi-fitted one I have requires a lot of retucking.
The Mum says
::Waving hand over here!::
It was a nightmare. I considered myself an accomplished seamstress, but after wrestling with a pre-made slipcover I gave up my title. The fact that it didn't have cushion covers made it a constant chore to keep on. It would constantly untuck. I did have a bit of luck stuffing a broom handle down into the tuck line behind the cushions, but I became frustrated with constantly arranging and re-arranging and pulled them off.
I'm hoping to hear lots of stories about how great they are; maybe I'll be inspired to pull mine back out!
I just saw these also this weekend from a mailing – but I'm ready to do my own since I have some fabric and enough of it I think…BUT you made me question my idea!!! 🙂
The Mum says
Do you have any specific ideas about tweaking? I need you (the Slipcover Fairy) to come to my home and help me! Please! Or maybe give us a mini tutorial on customizing pre-made covers. Would it help if I created a sturdy seam (with some piping maybe?) along the the line where the back and seat cushions meet? That way I wouldn't need to tuck at all, right?
Closest thing for me was to buy sure-fit slipcovers in white (for cheap on ebay!) and then make my own cushion and loose back pillow covers in the same type of fabric to match. The fabric was cheap so I don't have a lot invested and it actually looks pretty good once you have the cushions on and the sure-fits stay in place with no problem. I do have a chair that I'm going to try custom fitting . . . using your tutorial. cross your fingers for me!
Love the box-pleats!!
Slipcovers by Shelley says
I was talked into doing it once for a client…. she bought a contrasting fabric to use for the piping and cushions (since there wouldn't be enough fabric). It was tight on fabric trying to cut up the existing slipcover and at one point I had to piece it strategically where the cushion would cover. It takes a ton more time working with an existing slipcover than to just buy fabric. NOT WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT. The only reason I tried was because the couches were tiny and dated from the 50's. I literally only had a few strips of fabric left.
Same experience as Shelly. Twice I've had clients have me customize a ready made slipcover. After having them buy an extra slipcover so I would have fabric for the cushions and having to charge by the hour for non-standard labor, it cost them just as much as if I had started from scratch.
Pink and Polka Dot says
Shelley and Angie,
Thanks for sharing your experience!