When Jackie taught me how to make slipcovers I had a friend from work who wanted to learn too, so I invited her over. She asked Jackie, “Why don’t you cut it wrong side out so you can pin it together on the chair?” Jackie said , “Chairs get rumpsprung.” That means when they get some wear on the chair it’s not symmetrical anymore. The object is to get an exact fit. 1/2″ makes a difference. Then my friend asked Jackie , “Why don’t you cut it on the half so you can work on a table instead of pinning each piece to the upholstery?” Jackie lost her patience with my friend and asked her, “Do you want it to fit or not?”
This friend also had her own sewing at home business and I worked with her on and off for years then we lost touch. We met again at a store and she talked about needing a slipcover. I could see my friend was in no shape physically to cut the slipcover so I told her I’d help. We talked about making a video for Utube with slipcover lessons.
My friend sewed her slipcover that I cut for her but I didn’t get invited over to see it. Finally after months I got an invite back to her house and she had a sheet over the sofa. I took the sheet off and saw those difficult front arm pieces were twisted. I told her to rip it and fix it. I knew she didn’t follow my instructions on doing a fitting for those pieces.
It’s difficult, physically tiring and time consuming. For me it’s worth the effort because it looks like I have new furniture at a fraction of the cost. But not many people will go through the hard work of making it fit as closely as possible. Plus it’s too complicated to write down instructions. So I don’t know if I’ll ever get the opportunity to pass on the Jackie Hill method.