Thursday, February 12, 2015
Sew good: upholstery is awesome
I can now add amateur upholstress to my repertoire.
Starting this year off being productive and crafty I signed up for this ah-mazing class. Upholstery Coutour with Martina Voss at 1000 Parker Street. The intro class is making an ottoman- which gives you all the basics of upholstery and might sound small, but we used every last second to finish our pieces in this 6 week (18 hours total) class. Martina's background was originally fashion, and it shows.
Here are the basic steps through photos:
We first had to attach our jute webbing with tacks and hammer
There are so many layers underneath, you have no idea
TA DA! Done. Well, nearly done I still have some hand sewing to do which will finish it up but I can do that in house.
Then we had to attach this bumper to help structure our foam
And then sculpt some corners
The glue is crazy tacky and messy and needless to say I missed some pictures of that process. On to sculpting into the shape and level of pouf you want...
At this point you might already be pretty satisfied and happy. Hey, it looks like something I could sit on! It has corners! Restoration Hardware sells some stuff that looks like this!
But don't stop. Now you get to choose the fabric. However...this is where things got hard for me. (Or I made them hard, it was a toss up) I love fabric. I went shopping no less than 7 times. I have dozens of swatches. The problem was the fabric I wanted was not upholstery fabric. In the end I added some expense and lots of time but it was pretty worth it in the end. The compromise was that I could use my fabric if I made it thicker. Cue the quilter in me. I actually made my fabric into a quilt before I turned around and cut it up to sew it again.
Then, a lot of math. Measure 18 million times, cut once.
I also had to make all my own piping. First time on an industrial machine. If my sewing machine is like driving on a bumpy country road, industrial is like being in the Indy 500. Fast.
Slipping it on for fit. I had to take apart one side and tighten it up
Attaching it to it's frame. For most everything else staple guns were used.
It was an amazing class. I don't think I've ever felt this exhilarated after going to school.