I've googled to the best of my ability and can't find any tutorials, video or text, on how to upholstery a waterfall skirt. My application is for a pair of slipper chairs. Would appreciate some help.
Thank you for being the first new member to the discussion forum as I really just got the forum started the last few weeks. The forum use to be a comment page called Ask an Upholsterer at wordpress.com. It figures the first question is about what I would consider to be the most difficult and time consuming effects you can do on a piece of furniture. Believe it or not in my 49 years as an upholsterer, I have only done one or two waterfall skirts and those were basically copies of the existing skirts. Keep in mind when you see new furniture with waterfall skirts, a designer came up with the templates, a cutter did the fabric cutting using the templates, a stitcher did the sewing and maybe one or two upholsters installed it all. Starting from scratch is difficult to be sure and time consuming.
I'm going to reach out to a few upholsterers and see if I can get them to join in as well. If you are doing this for yourself, you can take your time without the concern of labor costs. The level of difficulty will depend on your experience with upholstery. At what stage are you with the chairs. Have you started them yet or still waiting to get them started. I'm assuming the slipper chairs have a loose cushion. Is the front of the seat deck a hard edge or spring edge. A hard edge is better than a spring edge as far as the waterfall skirt goes. The spring edge seat moves and movement puts a lot of stress on the skirt where it attaches to the front of the arm. Have you ever upholstered a chair with a seat deck and loose cushion before. How much experience with sewing do you have.
I'm laughing because I seem to always "start at the top". My first real hike was up half dome. Ignorance has its rewards I think.
I'm self taught (books and videos). Going at this upholstery thing slowly for about 3 years. I would say I've done about 5-6 different styles of chairs, one sofa and plenty of cushion making experience. And yes this has a loose cushion. I've been sewing for myself and my home for 30+ years. Upholstery is a natural evolution. My dressmaking experience gives me a pretty good understanding of what seams can do.
So here's what I've decided to try.
- Make the skirt pieces first (no stiffener because of the drop off the front of the chair (hard edge).
- Construct the front deck (from a lighter weight material to avoid bulk at the seam with deck material-will be covered by the kick pleats)
- Create corner miter with skirt pieces
- Baste skirt and front deck together along the top (raw edges)
- Sew basted pieces on deck material per usual method
- Attach front deck per usual
- I might hand sew the front corners where the skirt pieces meet a few inches down. I think that gives a better look.
I'm wondering if my skirt pieces need to be a bit wider that the finished measurements. Right now I've constructed one front skirt at 1/2" wider than the finished measurement. I think this might help with stitching those front corners.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Sorry for the delay getting back to you.
I think your plan sounds good. Is it because of the way skirts tend to separate from top to the bottom the reason you want to add to the width of the skirt.
Also, at the bottom of the reply box, do you see an option to attach a file?
Yes I see the way to make an attachment.
I ended up making a "prototype". Didn't intend to, but my skirt pieces were too short. But my plan seems to be a good one.
Yes I just want a little more ease in the width so they won't pull if/when I hand stitch that small seam down the front corners an inch or so.
Would you be able to attach a photo of your project.
Also, I elevated your level in the forum to to an "Active Member". I would like to invite you to stay with the forum beyond your question. With your sewing experience, as the forum grows, you could be helpful voice.