Upholstery: My Dwell Wing Back Part 2
February 20, 2012
Well, Boys and Girls get ready for another installment of my Upholstery Series: Dwell Wing Back Part 2! (Part 1 right here)
This time we are focusing on the seat, arms and adding piping with a little hand sewing thrown in.
First the seat which can be tricky if you don't have your old fabric pieces but with some practice and some muslin it can be easier than expected. The muslin can save your main fabric (which is under the cushion so isn't really needed and many furniture makers often add muslin under the seat cushion to save fabric and cost). Sewing on some muslin can also help get around some of the arm posts that can be very hard to fold and cut around. Because you already have a seam you can line it up with one of these posts (my wing back has 2 posts inches apart). When you stitch your muslin to your main fabric, use very short stitches and back stitch often close to the edges. Then when you place your bottom piece on you can open up the seam as needed to fit around your posts. This will also create a vent effect that will help you fold and tuck around any other posts. You can see below that I placed my fabric on wrongside up to make any marks needed for sewing and cutting. But before I did any cutting I practiced any fold or tuck that would be needed just in case the fabric placement wasn't ideal. It is best to determine the finished look before any cutting.
Below you can see my practice tuck for the corner.
Now I am moving on to piping (To see more about piping check out my cotton cording post). I compared the piping placement on another wing back I have to come up with this placement but you can place it where ever you like. Just remember to keep it as close to the edge as possible. Don't stretch it, just lay it down and tack it in place. Remember, piping is your friend and can be used to cover unsightly but necessary tucks. It can cover mistakes if placed carefully. I like to tack it in lightly (don't hammer in the tacks all the way) so you can move it as you go if you need to. You will either be using some curve ease (if you want to read ahead on curve ease check out this blog), tacking strip or hand sewing another piece of fabric to your piping so try to keep that in mind when placing your piping.
Make sure if you have overlapping piping that is matches on both sides. I hand stitched my bottom inside arm fabric to my piping before I hammered in my inside wing piping (though it is shown in place below, I later pulled up a little to add my inside arm piece).
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