Wednesday, November 3, 2010

She said she wanted ties!

Me: "When you place your chair in the room,
         will the back be seen?"
She: "Yes."
Me: "Then may I do some type of detail on the back?"
She: "OH YES YES YES! Can it be ties...
          and lots of them? And all over?"
Me: "Do you want the wood to show on the arms?"
She: "Yes. Can you put ties there too?"
Me: "Let me see what I can do."

The back


The front



Sunday, October 31, 2010

This is a great chair for a slip!

We used fabric from two club chair slips for this little chair and reversed it with the pattern side out.


Even though the fabric had been washed several times it was still a little stiff. With a little pressing (after this photo of course) the skirt conformed to its newly formed pleats.

Monday, October 25, 2010

November Is Full...

Just wanted to let you know that the November schedule is now full and we are working on December.
It's a great time to learn how to make those holiday slips!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like....

No, not Christmas...not yet anyway. Only 73 days away though and NOW is a great time to get all those holiday slips started!

It's beginning to look a lot like MORE SLIPCOVER CLASSES!!!

We are fast at work preparing for two classes in November! There is still one class weekend open. If you are interested in hosting a class in your home please let me know!!!

Just can't wait to get on the road again!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nothing At All To Do With Slipcovers


I recently read this quote by
Mark Twain on A Gathering Place blog.

Forgiveness is the fragrance
That the Violet sheds
On the heel
That has crushed it. 

Let's you and I face it...Life is hard sometimes and people are not always nice to us. In fact, if we were realllllly honest...it would only take a few seconds for us to recall hurts and injustices done to us, and most likely by those closest to us.
Today, when my mind brings those hurts to the forefront and I am tempted to harbor anger, resentment, and bitterness toward that person, or personS, I will try my hardest to take that thought captive to the obedience of Christ and choose rather to FORGIVE and be free from that which only hurts me more.

Will you join me?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More Slips - It's too hot for classes!

106 forecast here in Dallas/Ft. Worth tomorrow. Guess we didn't have it so bad when it was only 95 here after all. I do remember when we didn't have A/C in school. How did we ever make it?



Sweet little chair



Another piece I sold at Red Shed
This little chaise was almost new but I heard it calling, "Slip me Barbie, slip me."



Awesome medium weight linen with button detail



Shell buttons and a little continuous pleat lined skirt

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Just A Few Of My Favorite Slips

Hello slipcover lovers!
I decided to post pictures of the some of the slips I have done for customers over the years. Some bring back such sweet memories and others, well...never mind, and still others I just love the picture itself. Hope you enjoy!

This chair was given to our customer by her Mother-In-Law and was her husband's grandmothers if I remember correctly. She wanted to show a little of the wood carving so I made a small opening and added a couple of tabs for a little extra detail.


On these matching sofas we simply followed the same pleats the upholster made and rather than using a flange or welt cord seam finish, we did a double top stitch using a heavy vintage cotton thread that just so happen to match the linen perfectly. I wish now I would have thought to get a close up of the top stitching.


These dinning room chairs were over 100 years old and as you can imagine, not one of them had the same measurements! We also made 'underware' for each chair due to the fact that the upholstery fabric underneath was a fairly bold stripe which could be seen under the linen. Challenging, yet fun. Over the years I have been very blessed to have some of the most awesome seamstresses help me sew. That was the case on this project. All I can say, and I do so most humbly...Roberta, you rock!!!


This linen Barley Twist Jacobian with button details on the arm sides and in the back was a challenge, but as they say, 'practice makes perfect.' The little chair and ottoman sitting in the chair I did in the same linen. It was really fun and came out so cute!


Brushed denim and a box pleat skirt - need I say more?


This little scalloped skirt turned out so cute and the ties, which you can't see, added such a casual feel to these linen slips. Often times I have added details that may not traditionally 'blend' but once the slips are finished, everything comers together perfectly. I just love adding details to slips. Whether it a dressmaker detail or a long standing home decor tradition, the more details the better!


This was a piece I made and sold at the sale at Red Shed in Grapevine. This is a really bad picture but this was just about the most awesome cloth I have ever worked with. It was a pale green cotton blend Jacquard and I made a continuous pleat seam finish out of silk. It was just incredible. Needless to say I wish I could get my hands on more of this cloth...and it was washable!!! Oh yea, it sold in the first 5 minutes of the sale.


Simple little slip with a box pleat skirt.


And last but by no means least...a couple of my favorite pictures of all.



Sunday morning in our back yard a long time ago. :o)
  

Toile's well.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Most Awesome Slipcover in Oklahoma!

Sheila you are so talented girl!!!
I wish I could shout it from the roof tops!
"Everyone look at this piece of art!"


Would you just look at the front arm panels, the perrrrrrrfect cushion covers, and that LINED SKIRT!!!

Sheila has to be one of the most talented people I know. She worked so hard to get every pattern piece marked and perfectly in place. Her sewing is meticulous and is clearly seen in her first slipcover  PIECE OF ART!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

What Do You Get In Oklahoma USA?




Well, first you get to see that there are still corn fields in Amercia where one is very tempted to stop and pick a few ears right off the stalks and eat them like we did as kids!

Then, you get to learn about Okie Noodling  What is Okie Noodling? It's a sport, and good ole clean American fun! I think....

But most of all you get to meet really great people! Here are some pictures from teaching in Oklahoma. I most humbly say: Thank you so much for allowing me in to your home Sheila and Terry~





Pattern making techneque

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hot Texas Summer & A Break From the Heat

Hello all you slipcover enthusiast! It looks like summer is here in Texas! 97 degrees today with 76% humidity. I think that's a sure sign!

If you have been thinking about having a slipcover class in your home now may be the time to do it before it really gets hot!

Thank you to Sarah who provided the absolutely perfect spot for a slipcover class, or any class for that matter. The pool and the shade from the beautiful mighty oaks were almost like a dream. And those slips are pretty "dreamy" too!

Friday, April 2, 2010

On The Road Again . . . The life I love is making slips with my friends!


Can't come to us? Good! We'll come to you!

Avon, Tupperware, Pampered Chef,
all have nothing on our latest endeavour!

If you have 8-10 hours one Saturday and an ample amount
of space to host you and 2-4 of your friends who are also
wanting to learn how to make slipcovers, then you have a
Sheffield's Custom Slips Slipcover Party Class!

Here's how the Slipcover Party Classes work:

ROLL CALL: It can be only you, or you and up to 4 of your friends.

FURNITURE: The piece of furniture must be small enough for you to comfortably transport and move around as you make the slip.

MATERIALS LIST: You bring your sewing machine, serger if you have one, PREWASHED fabric, all of your sewing supplies (thread to match your fabric, scissors, pins, tape measure, rotary cutter and mat, marking pens and/or chalk, and piece to be slipped.

TUITION: (within Metroplex)

Each Student - $125

HOST: For each BFF you get to come
you will receive $10 off your tuition!
Each student must have basic sewing skills, know and understand
how to use your machine and basic knowledge of slipcover styles.

To host your Sheffield's Custom Slips party email barbie@sheffieldscustomslips.com

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Another DIY Custom Slipcover Class!!!



This youth room remodel at a church in Plano Texas called
for slipcovers for 5 sofas, an oversized chair, and 7 'Puff' chairs.


These volunteers took the hands on approach 
& were excellent students!


As you can see, we had way too much fun!
Thanks girls! You rock!

Look for more classes coming to the Metroplex soon!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It's Almost Here!

The next Slipcover Class is this Saturday, March 6th!

We still have one more space so sign up now!