January 18th, 2009: New Seats for the Truck - Part 3
Today I started working on the side panels for the seat backs. These panels sit left and right of the center panel of each seat and complete the front face of the seat backs. I started by cutting and gluing sew foam and leather pieces, and then gluing them together. Once they were all glued together, I traced the pattern onto the sew foam and added an eight of an inch, making the pattern larger because, when you sew the leather to the sew foam, it compresses everything and reduces the size. Next, I sewed the sew foam to the leather, exactly one half inch outside my measurements and trimmed the edges -- doing this on all pieces makes sewing easy; you just keep the edges even and sew one half inch inside the edge.
The next step was to sew the left and right panels to the center panel ...
... and then to add French seams. Aside from being beautiful to look at, French seams add a whole lot of strength to the seams of the seat.