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How To Be A Decorator:
Principles Of Decoration
Colonial Living Rooms
The English Room
Spanish-Italian Living Rooms
The Living Room Without A Mantel
Living Room Points
Dining Rooms Points
Combination Living Room - Dining Room
Living Room - Dining Room Points
Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Points For Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Colonial And Modern Bedrooms
Colorful, Comfortable Nurseries
New Fashions In Draperies
How To Make Curtains And Draperies
Slip Cover Points
How To Make Slip Covers
How To Paint Furniture
Finishes For Natural Wood Furniture
( Originally Published 1930's )
1. Slip covers are used to protect furniture from dust and dirt during summer months. They may be used the year round in place of regular upholstery as they are easily removed and cleaned. They are excellent to cover old pieces that are shabby or ugly in line.
2. Slip covers may be used in every room in the house, even the kitchen.
3. Select materials for slip covers to harmonize with other fabrics in the room.
4. Select fabrics that are woven firmly as they absorb less dust than loosely-woven materials.
5. Curtains and slip covers may be of the same material, especially in informal rooms.
6. Glazed chintzes and waterproof chintzes are excellent for slip covers.
7. Slip covers must fit smoothly to be attractive. They require careful fitting, cutting and tailoring.
8. Seams may be French seamed, bound with tape, or welted with the same or contrasting color.
9. Slip covers may hang straight to the floor, they may be short just covering the upholstery, or they may be finished on the bottom with gathered or plaited ruffles or flounces. On small chairs narrow ruffles may be used.
10. If the material has a large repeat, the design must be centered in the back and seat, and extra yardage is required.
ii. Slip covers can be made for tables and beds as well as for chairs and sofas.
12. Use snaps instead of hooks and eyes, or tape for fastenings.
13. Draped dressing-tables may be created from a shelf or a kitchen table as well as from a specially designed table with many drawers and swinging arms. A kidney-shaped desk can be converted into a charming dressing-table.
14. Dressing-tables may be draped with any fabric used for glass curtains or over-draperies, with the exception of velours and similar extra heavy materials. Sheer fabrics need a lining of sateen.