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Hi, I'm struggling on how to create a fabric pattern for a curved chair when I cannot use the original fabric. I'm wondering how to attach the fabric, how to define the seam location on 2 fabrics that overlapp. Image in attachment from google, not my work, just an example. Thank you very much for your feedback.

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Hi there!

So this is basically what we call prototyping. This is huge job most of professional upholsterers struggle with at the beginning. I don't think there is a book for it but i'll have a look.

If someone bring me a modern rounded design chair like the one one your picture and i don't have the old fabric i would:

1- I would go for a stretchy fabric if the shape is serioulsy rounded

2- I would take the new fabric, cut all my pieces a little large, and just pin it on the seat allaround like i wanted to handsew it but wit the extra fabric up. I would put a pin every 5 cm on every sides on the exact line that need to be sewn.

3 - I would CUT the fabric 1,5 cm away all around my pins lines.

4- I would put everything off to SEW it with a 1,5 cm sewing allowance

Off course I would go for a "TEST FABRIC" if I wasn't 100% sure to nail it first go.

But don't use a white calico for it, you need something with the exact same stretch than your fabric if you want to get you pattern with a test fabric first.

ALSO: Ask yourself before cutting and sewing everything if you will be able attach it like a simple attached cover or if you have to handsew a part or maybe add a zip somewhere to put your cover on wihout tearing the fabric.

I hope it was usefull, I'll do a tutorial about this as soon as I have the opportunity 😉

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Do you know this technique ? It's the same process : here the fabric is ready to be sewn after being removed.

 

 

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Thank you very much for the feedback. I'll give it a try !

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