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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Old Leather Chair - Help needed pls on: September 20, 2009 09:36:50 PM
Hi I answered an ad for a free office chair and got this from Craigslist. My intention was to paint the chair and remove the upholstery and reupholster like any old chair.

 But the chair was not at all what i expected it to be. Its small, very very heavy, extremely comfortable as is and has real original leather that has started cracking at the corners and a piece is torn also from the corner.

The chair is made by Domore Chair Company, Elkhart, IN (There is an iron label nailed to the back of the chair) and after a little online research i found it to was made in 1929  Shocked .

A similar pristine condition chair is listed in Ebay for 475$ currently.

So what should i do with it? Should I remove the leather and re upholster it or is there a way to save old leather?. Where it is not broken the leather is very very smooth. Does rubbing olive oil help? Could I stick back the broken leather piece with Superglue maybe  Huh Most of the leather kits online says they are not very suitable for older leather.

The frame is very very sturdy and very smooth no rusting or any pealing paint and it is kind of a dark brown color.

Any help is appreciated. thanks  Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recliner upholstery with shower curtain on: August 28, 2008 07:12:23 PM
   When I saw this recliner outside I didnt think much abt it. Then I saw this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265245.0 by minouette   Shocked & fell in love with that chair. So after 1 week when I saw that the chair was still outside, thot I'll give it a try without spending any money  Grin . of course doesnt look nearly as goood   Undecided as some of the other postings here..

The chair is very heavy with real wood and iron like metal down below. found a label inside saying made in April 1990 at Lazarus. the bones were in real good condition. the handle for the recliner was broken so u have to pull out the foot rest manually with ur hands.

tossed out the old fabric and the filling material (batting??) and covered it using an old comforter & then an old cotton king sized fitted sheet, 1 pillow case for the seating & 300 staples. didnt have enuf fabric to cover the footrest thingy..

Then covered it using 1 fabric shower curtain (70x72 inches) with some thick fabric like upholstery fabric, that i found at Big Lots. I cud find only 1 searched 5 other Big Lots stores here but no luck ..  Sad.. since the fabric was limited I used some brown faux leather/vinyl fabric that i had for inside arms & footrest.

Its very comfy big enuf to sleep in.

Hope u like it. Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cappuccino Skirt on: May 03, 2008 10:06:54 PM
Hi I made this skirt from 4 fat squares from Joann. They were on sale 2 for 1$ & i loved the print. The color is a light capppuccino with black & brown writing. Inspired by the Kasia Skirt at Burda style (i didnt have enuf fabric to make it) I made this without any pattern, used 2 fat sq. on the frnt & back and 1 small piece each at the side. Added some ruffles for length. It has a zipper at the back. The black is some scrap fabric i had & it is just a piece added to the side & not a pocket.

close up of fabric

The band is also the same fabric & not black. i'm wearing it with a black t shirt.
thx 4 looking Smiley & lemme know what do u think.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tshirt dress on: April 28, 2008 12:06:05 PM
dress made from my husbands 2 old XL tshirt. sleeves & skirt from 1 & the rest from the other. skirt has a small pleat in the front center.

thx 4 looking. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / some tshirt top recons (img hvy) on: April 22, 2008 12:40:33 PM
These r very simple (laughable  Grin) recons i did inspired from what i saw here. (i love crafster.  Roll Eyes )
the blue top was full sleeved and kinda tight across the bust. so i choped the sleeves and attached a straight piece of it to both sides under the arms. it looks much cuter than in the pic.


my husbands old full sleeved XL sweater. resized it and reduced the sleeves to 3/4.

my buckeye tshirt. (GO BUCKS !!!!) added 2 scrap pieces from a dress i made to the side and one to the back and added a hoodie. hubby dear says it looks kinda weird  Tongue

tanx 4 looking  Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple Summer Dress on: April 22, 2008 10:43:04 AM
I got this fabric from Joann's & made it into a simple summer dress. i used a long zipper at the back and used red thread for all the stitching. there is red piping on neck arms and the skirt.(not very clear in the photo)

The zipper is not perfect. I put it in with the help of a tut here http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/zip.htm

Thnx 4 looking  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / dress recon from skirts, top on: April 08, 2008 02:59:57 PM
I saw this lovely dress from runway on msn.com and absolutely loved it (i hope its ok to give link to another site??) http://lifestyle.msn.com/beautyandfashion/personalstyle/staticslideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=6597318&imageindex=5

so thot i wud try to make it out of the fabrics i had. kind of made up the pattern. the 2 black fabrics r from 2 old skirts. i cut open everything and made it. the back closes with a long zipper which opens till my lower back. this is the 2nd dress i'm making and my 1st time with zipper.
This is what i started with.

This is what i came up with.

if at all i wear it out this is probably how i'd do it. (i dont wear sleeveless)

so what do u think? is it any good??
thx 4 looking.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1 shirt + 1 salwar = 1 new shirt on: April 04, 2008 07:54:44 PM
I had a 10 yr old Pepe denim shirt which was a personal favorite, but had become slightly tight across the bust. so i cut of the sides and sleeves and added fabric from an old salwar (indian dress) to make the sides and sleeves and also added a trim.

the colors r a little more brighter than in the pic.
what do u think? thanx 4 looking
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dress from bedsheet on: April 03, 2008 11:14:18 AM
Hi I'm new to sewing and this is my first project. I got a free sewing machine from craigslist last week, so experimenting on it.  I made this dress from a black twin flat sheet from walmart that u get for under 3$.  Grin 

The skirt part is a  circular skirt and the top part i just drew on the cloth looking at another dress. it opens in the front like a shirt dress. i'm using safety pins right now. will put buttons once i figure out how to sew button holes. I've tried a collar like thingy. Its a bit loose for me and fit is not very good.  Undecided what do u think? honest opinions and criticism r welcome.   ::)thanks for looking.

Thanks for the comments.  Smiley I added buttons from another dress and removed the collar and attached a bigger one. it looks really good now  Cool ( at least i feel so  Wink)
the collar was a trapezoid shape that i attached to the back neck and a little to the front side.
i did not use any patterns.
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