A Blog Post is like a Woman's Skirt...
Long enough to get the point across and did you really think I was going to stoop to that old sexist maxim? Heck no, a woman's skirt can be whatever length and it's not for any one to assume anything.
Oh dear, that's not where this was supposed to go. This was supposed to be about furniture. Let's start this over: Today, we are going to be talking about skirts on furniture! I've partnered up with a start-up...which I can't exactly talk about..but we're bringing you more informational posts about all things interior design. Cool, huh? I'm like a real person who gets to "partner up" with something. SO CLOSE TO SELLING OUT COMPLETELY!!!!
Anyway, back to the lesson. In my brief but current work at an upholstery shop, I've come across many skirted pieces of furniture and these are the general categories into which skirts fall:
1. GATHERED SKIRT | 2. PLEATED SKIRT
1. The Gathered Skirt
Style: Uber traditional and while I hate to gender label anything...this leans toward feminine.
Cons: I like to start with cons...tear you down and then build you up! It requires a lot more fabric than a smooth skirt.
Pros: While it still requires a fair amount of labor, one doesn't need to be super precise with the gathering portion of the process.
Would I ever use it: No.
2. The Pleated Skirt
Style: Depends on how many pleats. The less pleats...the more "transitional". Transitional in this case means: not super traditional, but not yet contemporary.
Cons: You will need up to 3x more fabric should you choose many small pleats. You cannot use any thick fabrics or it will look super lumpy. Contrary to the gathered skirt, you HAVE to be precise in measuring and ironing the pleats in place. All of the above apply to a highly pleated skirt. If you simply have corner or center pleat: YOU ARE GOOD TO GO, MY FRIEND.
Pros: People will think you have a lot of money because that process is definitely labor intensive. Also, with pleats, you can hide seams!
3. UNIFORM HEIGHT | 4. SLIPCOVER | 5. DRESSMAKER SKIRT
3. Skirt of Uniform Height
Style: Traditional heading towards Transitional
Cons: Depending on the fabric you choose, you may want to consider the use of a cord or a welt to conceal the hand stitching that will be done to attach the skirt. Hand stitching is not perfect, should you not heed my warning, you will be able to see these imperfections.
Another con: This style also requires more fabric than is needed for a waterfall skirt.
Pros: It's easy to cut, and easy to sew! Unless of course you decide to do a gathered or pleated skirt of uniform height....
Style: Casual or Italian Modern (think B&B Italia or Minotti). The slipcover business is a whole separate beast from upholstery. We rarely do it, but when we do: $$$
Cons: It will cost a lot for a proper fitting one. It's very easy to get a poorly made one.
Pros: It's like you've made a new piece of furniture! I personally like the look of a relaxed white linen sofa done well. Done wrong? It looks like you just dressed your sofa up as a ghost for Halloween.
5. Waterfall or Dressmaker Skirt
Style: As close to modern as you can get with a skirt and it still falls a little short. We will call this transitional but closer to the contemporary end of the spectrum.
Cons: Almost none, just stick to a relatively thin and pliable fabric. If you choose velvet or mohair, you may want to use a cord or welt.
Pros: Easy to cut and easy to sew. It's clean looking! Plus you didn't have to spend any money on fancy wood legs.
Now go check out my Puritan chair which is my take on the Dressmaker Skirt. It looks like it could be a slipcover, but it's 100% fully upholstered. All 4 skirts had to be hand sewn onto the frame to achieve this seamless modern look. On a chair like this, I don't even mind the wrinkles that the fabric gets from time to time. To me, that shows use and love and not an air of pretense!
Don't you just love informational Lex? No? Me neither.