Painted French chairs
with little pale slipcovers ...
These carved French chairs are not old...
but they have the look I wanted
for my dining space.
I love their chippy finish and neutral colors.
White distressed painted wood,
carved floral details on their backs, apron and legs, petite scale
& upholstered in nubby linen fabric.
They came looking like they were already
wonderful shabby antiques.
They are perfect for a french cottage inspired dining room.
But they didn't come with those flirty little slips we all love
so I decided to try and make some myself.
Let me just start by saying ... I am not a seamstress.
I have made simple pleated slip covers for straight lined seats before and
laid one of those atop this chair for a few previous pictures
But these slips were a bit of a challenge to make.
A semi-fitted seat... ruffles...
I decided on a simple flirty skirt rather than ruffly ~ruffly~ ruffly.
I laid the drop cloth over the seats and
cut it following the seat edges.
I then cut about 6 inches of drop cloth in a long strip and pinned it to the seat piece~
creating a bit of a gather here and there as I went.
I sewed them together and finished the edges of the fabric.
After adding a couple of ties and a little ruffle for the back
I called it good.
Though not perfect
they came out darling and are so sweet on these chairs.
I am loving them.
Now just need to finish the rest of them