This was with the first layer of fabric...
Here is the final layer:
I think I did OK on the pleats. One side looks better than the other. I still have some tightening to do as you can still see some wrinkles.
The difficult part here is getting the fabric that is on the front of the chair through to the back of the chair. This involves cutting the fabric at just the right angle so that when you pull it through to the other side you have all the coverage you need on the sides.
My first try resulted in a hole on the side between the upper back and the seat. It was pretty ugly! Everything was going so well and then the hole happened.
Imagine a big hole right here:
Not a good place to have a hole.
I was ready to give up! Then my husband's friend, who was over playing jeeps in garage with my hubby, suggested I try it again, but leave myself some wiggle room for the corners. Some "room for error" if you will. I did and it worked!
If it weren't for his suggestion I believe this chair would be in the trash!
Remember how I was going to leave the back open like these chairs by Dan Marty:
Yeah....about that...that ain't happenin. This sort of design is not for an amateur to attempt...at all!! This is for someone with a ton of experience. Why didn't my upholstery guy tell me how insane this idea was?? I can only imagine how hard he must have laughed after I left :)
If I never have to attempt a nail head design ever again, I will be one happy girl! This is one of those situations where you pay someone else to do what they do best.
Since I'm going it alone on this chair, I'm gonna put a back on, but still try to make it interesting since it will be sitting in front of a mirror.
Here are some ideas:
A simple monogram on the back
from the Southern Chateau decor blog
About 9 gazillion buttons...
From Simple Sewing With A French Twist, by Celine Dupuy
A girl can dream.
At this point, I would happily apply an iron-on monogram and call it a day :)
Hopefully, the next time you see this chair it will be on a post about how it's finished! I can't wait for that day to come!!
Hope you are all having a great week!