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vinyldude 03-08-2013 09:37 AM

Second practice seat
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hello, was able to weld and repair my practice seat, now trying to make the lower cover, Need advice on making pattern for lower front cover,?? I had many wrinkles on first practice seat, on front lower part of the cover, Have learned much from Dan. who is willing to share his knowledge, sharing his art will keep him young.

DanTwoLakes 03-08-2013 10:18 AM

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Are you making this from scratch? You are not copying the old seat? The front should have about a 42" long straight rectangle with each end sewn to a piece shaped like the one in the picture. The left side piece will be a mirror image of the right side piece, or a pair. You will have to adjust the size of the part to fit your seat top. You can see how this shape will turn the corner on both sides of the seat. I hope I'm answering your question correctly, if not, keep asking.

vinyldude 03-08-2013 10:42 AM

thanks DAN making this cover from scratch, just the information i needed to keep practicing, you made something very difficult, much easier, thank you.

DanTwoLakes 03-08-2013 11:47 AM

Bravo to you for trying to make the seat from scratch. You will learn a ton of things from doing it that way. Looks like you figured out how to sew the round corners on the inserts, too.

vinyldude 03-11-2013 08:21 PM

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hello , i guessed and made a pattern a from Dans picture pattern, for seat front, learned how pattern works, and was happy with my results, keep practicing. cheers

vinyldude 03-17-2013 08:38 AM

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hello, finished my second practice seat, learned a lot, the more i learn the harder it becomes, i" m still having fun. will continue.

DanTwoLakes 03-17-2013 10:12 AM

What would have made your seat cover a lot better would be using sew foam under all the parts on the top of the bottom seat and the face of the seat back, not just under the inserts.

vinyldude 03-17-2013 10:16 PM

thank you for reply, Dan i will try sewing foam on my next practice seat, i feel i need help with the seat back sides, i end up with to much material at each corner, wrong pattern i made???

DanTwoLakes 03-18-2013 07:24 AM

Just like any other pattern, if something isn't coming out right, the pattern usually needs to be adjusted. Maybe you should try to copy a seat cover, or at least take a seat cover apart, for your next practice session. It may give you some insight as to what you could change to make the seat cover come out better.

MARTINSR 03-18-2013 07:59 AM

If it's any constellation Vinyldude, I wish you had done my Rambler, who ever upholstered it didn't do any of these practice seats like you are. It looks like they did it one shot and yours looks a damn side better than what is in my car.:rolleyes:


vinyldude 03-18-2013 08:25 AM

hello, thank you for your replies. will keep practicing. cheers:cool:

AutoGear 03-19-2013 06:51 AM

I gotta say "Bravo!"
Theres a local upholstery shop here that cranks out seats for the driver quality cars. Theirs aren't as nice as this. Keep up the good work, and keep finding new ways to challenge yourself

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