While I hate the current trend to find a way to fit the word actually into every sentence, I actually did finish sewing the Greek Key trim on yesterday (if you saw Wednesday's post) but more about that later... Remember the blue sofa from my basement that I "shopped"for my living room? Well, here it is back from my all time favorite and best upholsterer, Style-Rite Upholstery. The dilemma was I didn't have enough of the original fabric purchased years ago, now discontinued, so I found a gorgeous Baker Furniture cut velvet at Haute Fabrics. I also had Mel change the skirt to drop directly from the bench and to create new box back cushions that were a lower profile than the originals. So here's Version #1: all sides showing w/the nubby gold linen type fabric.
Version #2: The cut velvet showing on the pillows
Version #3: The cut velvet showing on the back and seat cushions (my "winter" version)
And Version #4, my personal favorite, with just the cut velvet showing on the seat cushions. I can not tell you how soft this fabric is!
So, back to sewing on the Greek Key trim. It took 1.5 hours - with a good chunk of that trying to thread the needle and re-thread as needed.
I used a dove gray thread and did a blind-type stitch so you can't even tell it's there.
Compare that to the trim on the curtains that I used both iron-on tape and fabric glue. I know there are people out there that are very good at using those products but I don't happen to be one of them. So, some rainy day in the fall I"m going to take these curtains down and hand sew the trim on. I figure I can get them done in two re-runs of Downton Abbey :)
And, if you're in the DC area and want the best upholsterer around, give Mel at Style-Rite a call. Here's one of the other sofas he did for me. Hope you have a great weekend!