But let's shift gears for a minute and return to the original topic of this blog: sewing. We've decided we're going for a men's hunt club kind of look so plaids, paisleys, velvets, and leathers are in order. If this basement is destined to be a man cave (and really, what basement isn't) then I'm calling for a certain level of sophistication. Ironically, Matt received a credit card offer - complete with bonus tool belt! - in the mail yesterday from the NRA. It's like the whole world knows my bowtie-wearing, labrador-walking, fly-fishing, banker-by-day husband fits a certain category:
(pic from Google image search "preppy conservative" - ha! And for the record there are no guns or decorative gun racks in our house.)
I did a quick trip to Joann's this weekend looking for some fabrics to gussy up the new room but no luck. Not discouraged, I jetted south to LZ Fabric Outlet. Friends, if you're ever in Chicago and need ungodly amounts of upholstery or home dec fabric, 9/10 times this is your place. Just look at at! And this is one of 15+ rooms!
(image from yelp.com - not all rooms are this frightening)
$34 later I came home with 1 yard of houndstooth, 1.75 yards of an icy mint velvet for some panache, and 4 yards of some velvety microfiber paisley. I'm not sure where everything will eventually land but it's a good start on the journey to stylish man cave.
So here's the sewing question du jour: has anyone had any luck in making a tailored slipcover? And, as a follow-up to that, have any readers out there tried McCall 3278? We have a chair just like the one pictured below and until it can be replaced with something more chic/manly, I'd like to give it a new, washable slip-cover. It's currently an olive green chenile that will not work with the proposed color scheme.
Share some thoughts with me and I'll be back with pictures of fabric swatches, paint, and other decor delights.