Choosing fabrics can be a very exciting and very daunting task! I usually recommend that my clients go with classic neutrals for their primary upholstered pieces, but slip-covers are becoming increasingly popular and can be a great easily-changed option for those who want a little bit of punch in their space. Custom fitted slip-covers can be as costly (or more so) than having a good shape piece upholstered but once you've made the initial investment additional covers are usually less expensive (if you let your seamstress use your prior one as a pattern. If you choose to go down the slipcover road, just grab samples of fabrics you like and give them a test spin (like I did) and make sure you (or your seamstress) orders enough fabric to allow for shrinkage (and pattern matching of course!) Most slip-covers are made of White Denim or White Cotton Duck (canvas). Both Denim and Duck are Twill (basically their weave is diagonal).
|Washed in WARM water and dried on MEDIUM HEAT|
Bottom line! You've gotta go with what you love, and if that means Silk Damask (Jacquard) then you'll need to take the necessary precautions to maintain it.
Here's the results from my experiment, all in all I think these samples fared VERY well with little shrinking.
The fraying makes a few look shrunk but that wouldn't be an issue with a finished piece. I had fun doing this and I always enjoy seeing my friends at Dorell (I did go a little crazy in the "ORANGE" section thinking about my living room re-do!!!)
See ya'll later!