Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mid Century Modern Chair Restoration!

I have had this amazing mid-century modern reclining chair and ottoman for awhile now.  It is made by Shield Chair Company of California.  There are straps on the bottom seat area and the ottoman.  The original straps gave out and crumbled.  They were made out of some sort of linen that was coated with wax or rubber.  They finally shredded at the metal hooks.

I ordered a repair kit from Miller Upholstery on Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/millerupholstering).  They provided a practice piece of the strap material and a metal clip, as well as, detailed instructions and all!  I wish I would have known how easy it was going to be because I would have done it sooner!  I bought it in December 2011....it's May 2012.

I went to Upholstery Fabric Outlet down in National City and found some really nice creamy, white fabric for the cushions.  I sent the cushions out to my guy and he was finished in no time.  Next it was my turn on the strap replacement.

Here it is before:

The back of the chair has some cool rubber wrapped wire that snakes up the entire area.  Very comfy!

I started with the ottoman and did one strap at a time:

Until every one was cut and installed.  I was seriously impressed with my handy work!

Next came the chair bottom section!

And here they are together!

But the final product was the most amazing to me!  If only I had a picture of the HIDEOUS Southwestern fabric the cushions were made out of before - ACK!  It was bad.  

And her she is reclined...

But now I have had it for so long that it doesn't match or fit in our house anymore.  She went up on eBay today and I am hoping she'll find a new home where someone will love her as much as I did!!

Here she is for sale:

Friday, May 18, 2012

New patterns coming right up

Just scored some super cute stuff!  Coming son to Etsy!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Love/Hate Bangs Dye Job Part 2

I dyed the bang hair pieces again tonight in hopes of succeeding and being able to try them out.  Paid special attention to the bright red under hairs.   The process picture ain't pretty.

But here they are, definitely black, and drying.  Human tests to follow.

So excited about all the new patterns!!!

Here's a little sneak peek at what will be going up in the next week or so.  It's the descriptions that have been cracking me up though.

Here's a factory folded Susie Stephens Original from Butterick.  Amazing condition!  Bust 31.

This one says:  A gay casual that helps you make the rounds on your busy date circuit.  The neckline's a sweetheart.  Skirt has a delightful swinging air. (A) Neckline armseye, waistline and skirt seams are trimmed with bias tape.

This lil' beauty is also from Butterick and is still in it's original factory folds as well.  Just adorable.  LOVE the  pyramid shaped midriff!  If only I was a Bust 32... 
"The dress that keeps busy as a bee all day long!"

Back to scanning, descriptions and listing!  Have a super rad Thursday people!!