So-fa, So Good


I walked in the door Monday at 5:50.  By 6PM I had to sew SOMETHING.  But the Charles James inspired draped silk organza on my dressform was looking far too challenging for the hour.


Sure.  Super easy.


Especially when one sews right side to wrong side. Everyone knows that’s how you make a simple rectangular pillow.

Even with the math, even with the seam ripping, even with the handsewing, by 8pm yesterday we had something serviceable.  A little coffee and handsewing this morning, and our battered couch is looking a bit better. But first, let me show you the “before.”


Oh, sad sofa.  We stressed over this purchase for months, wanting a handcrafted piece from the Furniture Magicians who seem to congregate in North Carolina…but we finally decided to get an “inexpensive” Macy’s placeholder.  The cats, having seen my Magical Pinterest board, promptly passed judgement on the interim purchase. (One culprit pictured by the door.)


I’m talking, this couch was new for FIVE.  DAYS.  I tried to disguise the horror by adding sleeve covers, in chartruese.

Because when you want to disguise an eyesore, you pick a subtle color, like chartreuse.

Seven years later, it’s still holding place.  But thanks to Kendryll & the new Home Dec Storefront of Mood, it’s looking a little less like a Placemat.  Kendryll helped me choose this Ikat Print and coordinating Geometric Velvet, and guided me to a subtle sleeve color.  I needed that guidance. You should see what color(s) our walls used to be.




The pillows are reversible, to suit my whims– meaning, I’ll flip ’em back and forth. There are no zips or any of that tomfoolery in these.  I reserve that for garment sewing. Maybe I’m a snob.  Or maybe I’m a heathen for leaving out such notions…


A happy heathen, nonetheless.



  • Peter
    August 12, 2014

    Love the pillows. Hey, if you need new curtains, call me! LOL

  • CatDoesIt
    August 12, 2014

    So-fa, so good… Not enough puns in the blogosphere 🙂

    • oonaballoona
      August 12, 2014

      i’m certain it’s been used before, but i couldn’t resist…

  • Ginger
    August 12, 2014

    Whoa, that’s a clever fix! It looks great!

  • Gemma
    August 12, 2014

    Ahh what a great project! Naughty kittens tsk tsk!!

    Beautiful BEAUTIFUL fabric!!

  • Bella
    August 12, 2014

    Really like the fabric you chose for both the cushions and the arm rests. The new bits really elevate the whole sofa. I bet that geometric velvet is fun to touch!

  • Lladybird
    August 13, 2014

    Those are some Oona pillows for sure! I love the colors and patterns and textures – they look great with your couch. I also like how you saved the freaking couch with those arm rests – genius, dude, I never would have thought of that. I just would have lived with clawed up arms and been like, “Whatever, I hate my life.” hahaha

    On a side note, do you want to trade houses? I’ll gladly trade my sewing room for a swanky pad in the city. Ooh, you can even have my truck – the house has it’s own driveway 😉

  • Sallie
    August 13, 2014

    Dude, this is such a nice, simple fix that has a huge impact!! Awesome job.

  • Cennetta
    August 13, 2014

    Great update. The sofa looks fresh and up to date. I want those pillows. Tee Hee.

  • Janine
    August 13, 2014

    Perfect fix for the couch, I think it actually improves the whole look! And that fabric for the pillows….. I DIE!

  • Fiona
    August 16, 2014

    Ooo those cutwork velvets are so lovely! I think they caught my eye as being very you as I browsed through! Great job at upgrading your sofa, it looks good as new!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    August 25, 2014

    See I’ve always resisted the urge to new home dec because my whippet strongly believes that the ONLY PLACE for him is on the lounge… and taking up as much room as possible. This would all be fine but he’s often got red muddy paws… thankfully we have a leather lounge – but you have a pretty good solution there!