A slipcover with a perfectly matched floral design looks beautiful! But what if you don’t have the time, extra fabric or skill to line up the pattern repeat exactly on every seam? Today, I share my floral pin fitting in progress with 3 tips for keeping pattern match super simple and still get great results.
Making a floral slipcover for myself has been on my to-do list for awhile. I love the cheerful look of a large classic or cottage-y floral fabric and how it easily mixes with solids and other patterns like stripes and checks.
I admit I’ve been dragging my feet getting started. I know planning the floral layout on my chair and perfectly matching every seam as I sew will require more time than I want to invest right now.
If this project was for a client, I would dive right in and get it done following all of the professional pattern matching rules to the T!
But for my project, I decided to take a more relaxed approach to matching the floral so I could save time and hopefully get it finished this month!
Here are a few things I did, and didn’t do, to make the pattern matching simple.
1. Choose a forgiving floral pattern.
An oversized floral pattern with a layout that appears somewhat random and organic is a good choice for easy matching or if you don’t want to match at all.
This Waverly Fleuretta Mist Duck I used for my slipcover project is a good example.
The oversized flower bunches, leaves, and buds appear tossed. The half-drop repeat is designed to look loose and soft. These features are a plus because I don’t have to worry about a rigid grid layout or clean, sharp motifs that have to be matched precisely like a stripe, check or geometric print.
2. Run the pattern layout in one direction.
Run the floral pattern in the same direction on all sections of your chair. This will make the layout look fluid over the entire chair and make unmatched outer seams appear less noticeable.
My floral runs all in one direction on the straight grain of the fabric. This is called up the roll. I placed it on my chair in that direction.
Take a look at the chair photo (above). All of the flowers are pointing upwards. Nice! But when the floral pattern on the inner arm naturally rolls over to the outer arm, it points downward. That’s OK because matching the floral on the outer arm seam is not crucial for this project.
3. Match the vertical repeat on the front.
The front of my chair is what I see day in and day out. Since the sides and back are not visiable, I purchased less yardage and saved time by matching the floral only on the front sections.
I placed the pattern’s vertical repeat to flow from the top of the inner back, over the cushion lengthwise and down to the bottom of the chair front.
I didn’t worry about matching the inner arms to the inner back.
And, I didn’t match the floral on the outer arm seam but I intentionally placed the pattern on the side section to look balanced.
Here are a couple of finished slipcover projects with large scale floral-like patterns that are loosely matched. Like my Waverly floral fabric, these print designs look a bit random and organic making matching a bit more casual.
Stay tuned for photos of my finished floral slipcover. I’m almost done!
Thanks for following! — Karen