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2.05.2008

Buying Fabric



Falling for a pattern is easy. The rude awakening comes when you discover how many yards are needed to cover your beloved wing chair. Before making a purchase it's imperative to consult the upholsterer who will actually work on your piece, but I find Calico Corners' online guide helpful. A wide array of classic furniture styles are included. And as a preliminary step, it gives me a sense of what my upholsterer will probably say. For example, 11 yards are most likely needed to cover a chair like this in a large-scale pattern with a repeat greater than 13 inches. The estimate for a solid fabric is 8 yards.

Design above, Betsy Burnham. Photography, Barbara Davidson for Los Angeles Times.

16 comments:

The Peak of Chic said...

The Calico Corners online guide is a great resource! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, who makes that great fabric?

style & grace said...

I love this fabric! Fabulous.

Style Court said...

I asked Burnham Design about the bold fabric -- we may know more in a few days.

Jennifer, glad you think so!

Style Court said...

Sorry to disappoint, the fabric was vintage.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! It just so happens that I need to have a couch reupholstered. This is so much more useful than those old upholstery charts. However, it doesn't take into account railroading.

Anonymous said...

Do you know who makes the wallpaper?

Style Court said...

Hi Anon,

I'll try to confirm the answer by tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, try http://walnutwallpaper.com.

Bayou Contessa said...

I'm a big fan of the Calico Corners fabric calculator! That vintage fabric with the turquoise, eggplant and amethyst is gorgeous.

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Stylecourt - very helpful link the calico corners one. Thank you.

Ps love how the chair is in a classic chinoiserie fabric - very you :-)

Anonymous said...

The fabric is gorgeous but upon closer inspection, the upholsterer's work appears less than perfect. Why wasn't the fabric pattern matched? Was there not enough fabric to match the pattern at each seam? If so, would it have been better to use the fabric on the front only and use a solid on the outside - or visa versa? When working with an upholsterer, always include every last detail in the contract so that you won't be disappointed with the finished results.

Anonymous said...

I'd have to see it from the front to judge the work/matching. The sides don't bother me. My guess is there wasn't enough fabric and whoever wanted this chair covered wanted the whole thing covered in this fabric. But good point about spelling everything out.

Anonymous said...

Help! Need to order some fabric for a roman shade. Anyone know a general guide for listing a window measurement and knowing the yardage?

thanks.

Anonymous said...

Try China Seas Paradise Garden, turquoise and brown.

Style Court said...

Hmm...what is that window shade catalog, Smith & Noble? Maybe they have a guide.

Anonymous said...

Try Lewis and Sheron (http://www.lsfabrics.com). They have good yardage charts for roman shades - functional and not; solid and pattered fabric.