My mom and I recently had a very sweet lady stop by the store and inquire about slipcovers. She was considering a beautiful fabric from Calico Corners that she had spotted on clearance. We chatted with her for a little while and discussed the dimensions of her furniture and the style of slipcover that she was looking for. We determined exactly how many yards she would need to purchase in order for us to create the custom slipcovers. We thought it might be worth it to look through some of our sample books to see if we had anything comparable to the fabric she had her eye on.
She needed 14 yards of fabric, so we mentioned to her that if she chose from our fabric we offer a 15% discount on our labor charges. We did the math to see if ordering our fabric would actually save her money, but the price she saw at Calico Corners was so great that the savings didn’t compare. We sent her on her way to purchase the fabric of her choice and scheduled an appointment for a pin up the following week.
A week later my mom and I stopped by her lovely home in Santa Ana to create a pattern for the slipcovers. She had two swivel chairs, one ottoman and a sofa that she wanted covered in a beautiful, natural duck cloth. We were at her home for about four hours cutting and pining fabric like crazy.
Then we went back to our shop and began to sew, and sew, and then sew some more over the course of the next two weeks. We had a few other projects we were working on and of course there’s always distractions at the store, so we didn’t sew for two weeks straight, but it felt like it at times.
When the slipcovers were ready we stopped back by her home to try them on. The sofa slipcover needed a few minor alterations. Once we adjusted the sofa slipcover we left a happy customer with her beautiful “new” furniture.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.