Pencil Me In fashions cotton and linen slipcovers in the RELAXED CLASSIC slipcover style. Not too uptight and not too loose. There are three options to choose from: 1. CLASSIC COTTON COVERS, 2. LINEN AND LACE COVERS, and 3. BESPOKE SERVICES. Scroll down to see which option is right for you, and to see the slipcover process. No matter which option you choose, all construction methods used in creating slipcovers here are designed not only to create heirloom quality covers, but also to minimize wear and tear on both the sewing equipment and the hands of the operator, adding to the longevity of both the aforementioned, reducing maintenance costs, and enabling Pencil Me In to offer products of value for years to come.
Classic Cotton Covers Cotton is your most economical option and best choice for machine washable covers. Construction techniques are designed to eliminate raveling in the wash, with all seams edge finished. Fabric covered cotton welt gives seams definition. Tailored skirts will have double folded hems stitched with matching thread. All removable cushions will have separate zippered covers. Covers for the furniture frame will have closure methods as needed to aid in cover installation or removal. Fabric will be prewashed in hot water, dried on high heat, and steam pressed for maximum shrinkage prior to construction. Fabric selection includes organic cotton canvas, twills, and brushed denims in a variety of solid colors. Prewashed cotton fabric is included in pricing.
Linen and Lace Covers Some occasions just call for fancy. Linen and linen blend fabrics take you up a notch from casual. The same quality construction methods used in the classic designs are used with Linen and Lace styles, along with dressmaker details. For example, hand constructed fabric trims, such as contrast welts, flat flanges, gathered or box pleated ruffles, banding, or ties. Other embellishment considerations are lace, pearls, buttons and beads. Your covers may be machine washable, hand washable, or dry cleanable, depending on the color of fabric and type of embellishments. Linen offerings are from US, Ireland, England, and Brazil in solids, florals, and geometrics. Prewashed linen fabric is included in pricing. Additional material costs of bells and whistles and the time to create them are also included in pricing.
Bespoke Services Pencil Me In will entertain your projects built to order. Your design may be made to your specification and you may provide quality cotton or linen fabric from your favorite local resources. Sewing equipment may need to be retooled, and pattern design and construction methods may need to be revised to accommodate your fabric selection and design. Fabric consultation is available to determine the best cleaning method for your slipcover based on your fabric choice. Be advised that there may be technical limitations. It is best to inquire about the compatibility of your fabric selection with your design before purchasing materials. Pricing will reflect the additional time needed for attention to these details of customization.
Here's how the Pencil Me In Slipcover Process works:
Evaluating the FurnitureSlipcovers may transform your tired furniture into fresh fashion. However, you must first determine if your furniture is a candidate, or not. Remember, slipcovers will not fix broken legs or springs or take away any odors. Furniture that is in mint condition is the ideal. Picking the Right Fabric Your cleaning style should influence your fabric selection. While there are a variety of fabrics that may be used for making slipcovers, Pencil Me In designs and creates slipcovers only of COTTON and LINEN fabrics. All construction techniques and equipment setup revolves around creating with these natural fibers. With the right fabric, the cover may be machine laundered, which is a great choice for households with pets and children. Please inquire about prewashing services for fabrics of covers that are intended to be machine laundered in the future, as to avoid shrinkage of covers. Avoid fabrics that are stiff and/or coated on the back, as well as fabrics that are too thin. When in doubt, it is best to discuss your fabric choice before making your purchase, as some fabrics not suitable for slipcovers. I offer a selection of natural fiber fabrics in solids, stripes & checks, including cotton canvas, organic cottons, and denims. Or you are welcome to provide the fabric from your favorite resources, as long as your fabric is cotton and/or linen. Be sure that your fabric is thick enough or dark enough so that the existing fabric on furniture does not “bleed” through. If this is the case, a separate undergarment may be made out of interlining, and this adds additional labor and material cost to your project. Fabric and Design Consultations Optional and always recommended. Perhaps you have already purchased your cotton or linen fabric and know exactly what you want! Or you may feel you need additional help with fabric choice and design. For consultations in your home, I would be happy to refer you to an interior designer or local retailer, as I really do not claim to be an interior designer. Or you are welcome to make an appointment for a fabric consultation here in the workshop. 30 minute consultations are offered for $75, payable on the day of, and this fee is applied to orders placed within 30 days (your fabric or fabric purchased from Pencil Me In).
Agreeing on the PriceA firm proposal will be emailed to aid in your buying decision. I will need a description or digital picture of your furniture and information about the cover style. Three main things I need to know are: 1. Brief description of type of furniture (club, wingback, attached back, etc), 2. Number of removable cushions, and 3. Style of the slipcover skirt (no skirt if you want the legs to show, tailored skirt, gathered skirt, box-pleated skirt, etc) as this affects the labor and fabric estimate.
Please note: It is my policy to charge NC sales tax on all tangible product created (even if fabric is provided by client) unless I have a copy of the client’s certificate of resale for exemption.
Moving the Furniture or NotDecide which option is best for you. Most often the furniture is delivered to my shop in North Raleigh, and this is the most efficient method. and assures a custom fit. Should you need help with moving the furniture, I would be happy to refer you to a furniture moving company. It is best if the fabric and furniture come to the shop at the same time due to limited storage space. For larger furniture pieces, or if you prefer not to move the furniture, fitting on site services are available. The fee for this service in the Triangle area is $175. Areas outside the Triangle will be considered and quoted on a case by case basis. The way the fitting works is I will come out and cut a pattern by pinning muslin to the furniture in your home, which can take a few hours. Please allow time for this work. Then the slipcover is constructed back in the workshop, and after completion, a second trip is made out to your home to fit the cover to the frame.
Creating the Cover This is where the fun of dressing your furniture begins. All design and construction of the cover happens in the workshop. Generally the basic cover has fabric welting in the seams, hemmed skirts and all seams edge finished to prevent raveling. Designer details such as banding, decorative trims, button closures, ties, lined skirts, etc. may be added for additional charges. Projects are placed on the production schedule, in order, when all components and a down payment are received in the workshop. Turnaround time fluctuates depending on the season and the amount of work in house. I love Martha Washington’s quote, working “. . . steady as a clock, busy as a bee, and cheerful as a cricket. . . .” and simply will not entertain rush jobs. If timing is critical, please inquire about lead times when requesting a quote.
Not everyone has a slipcover personality! If your style is relaxed classic, and you would like to work with me, please contact me and we will collaborate on creating fashion for your furniture.