There is very little on these chairs that I need to sew on the body. Still, a little might be just enough of an example for some of you.
The front of the chair and deck need a bit of sewing. Take a look at this rounded front edge and the old stiches.
There are several ways to skin this cat. One is to take off the fabric, undo the stitches then trace the cutouts onto you new fabric. I have to do that sometimes. Let’s get a little adventurous.
Since I have a pattern with a center, measure the old fabric on the chair and mark the center.
Get your front piece that you already clearly marked and line it up to that center mark.
Now slide the fabric over that old seam about 1/2 inch because that’s how thick your seam will be. If you need to remark you center on the old fabric – go for it.
You might want to pin the new fabric to the old so you can work on you markings without fear of slippage. Me, I just wrapped that fabric around the front. I had to line it up with that half inch seam and make sure I wasn’t losing any length. The I almost let the fabric fold up the way it felt like doing. A couple of loose pleats and I got this.
You may notice that I marked the tip of the pleat with chalk. It tells me – THE PLEAT ENDS HERE. Oh, that must have been some incorporeal booming voice. I’ll ask it to quiet down.
Let’s do some more chalking.
I just marked a shadow of where the seam will be. It will touch the edges of the chalk but not go into the chalk. If I take that front to my cutting board and lay it out, I see a crooked M for MARK the Fiddler. I used blue chalk to show you where I plan on cutting the fabric which near to 1/2 inch inside the white chalk shadow. I fudged it a little bit but you won’t need to.
Cut out your M by following the blue chalk.
Fold your fabric over on your center and trace out the opposite side.
Cut it out!
-- Thanks for all the lessons!