Thursday, August 13, 2009

Quasi-Sewing Bertoia Adventure...minus the adventure but with more sewing

You're so pretty!Isn't Craigslist awesome? I clicked on an innocuous link "Black wire chairs" and found these beauties in perfect condition for only $50! I must have broken at least a few speed limits driving to snatch them up :D

Look at how much these normally retail for! Mine are even prettier because they flair more. Since they're vintage (therefor unmarked) I don't know if they're originals but they sure are perfect :)

Unfortunately they're rather uncomfortable to sit on bare so I took some more of the same fabric I use for everything, tore apart a throw pillow of an acceptable size (to use as a guide) and spent a week sewing these cushions. Yes, a week.

Heehee unevenessI used a handheld sewing machine, complete with thread that snapped at every hit of the silver pattern (a thick, almost rubbery overlay), cotton batting and a lot of Stephen King on .mp3 time. Then I took some fabric scraps and made tiny little "lower back" pillows which look like clutch purses and serve no purpose other than to make me smile. This was the first time I'd sewn anything more complicated than a button since grade school Home Ec so I'm happy with the results!

The half cushions for these chairs are cheapest on eBay for $69 while the full sized are $179. Eventually I'd love to own the full sized ones but I don't want to dedicate that much money to a cover without being positive of the color choice.



Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing!

Jennie said...

Ooooh, I love the fabric! Way to persevere with a handheld sewing machine! My patience would have given out the second time the thread snapped.

ImagineCozy said...

The pillows are a great addition to the chairs. They really do soften the look. Nice job.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great find! You saved a bundle. The pillows look great! Love the little lumbar pillows, nice touch.


Christina said...

You got an amazing deal. I love the modern lines.

Twice Remembered said...

Those turned out great, and what fun fabric and chairs!

Cheri Peoples said...

You got a great deal. They look good.

This is my first time to your blog. I hope you will come for a visit.
Its So Very Cheri

Kammy said...

You did a super job ! Love the fabric you chose !
Hugs ! Kammy
p.s. thanks for visiting my blog !

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Very nice! What fun chairs and pillows!