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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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I made seat covers for my Milano!

Tried something new. Although I have reupholstered a few cars from kits in the past, I had never made seat covers from scratch. I finished the front seats today and I don't think they look too bad for my first attempt. FWIW, my car is a Silver with the basic manual seats.

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Really nice. Clearly good enough, as that OEM fabric was not durable.

We have an 89 Gold which came with the Silver seats, Gold features, and Verde spoiler. As I said, that fabric was not durable, and my wife wore a hole in the back of the driver's seat where her wallet was located in a rear pocket, the car being used as a DD. I did put a el cheapo cover on it, sort of, but doesn't work all that well. I also bought a couple of yards of the new material from ReOriginals so that someday it can be repaired. The other front seat is ok, with just a little pilling, no wear.

Sure wouldn't mind something like that for the driver's seat in the meantime.

Good job.

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I saw the reoriginals fabric when I was looking for a seat kit. As far as I can tell, no one makes a presewn kit for our cars. Plenty out there for spiders though.

I ended up not getting it from them because I wasn't sure enough of my upholstery skills to spend that kind of money on it. I bought an entire bolt of vinyl for less than a yard of the real stuff. My seats were far beyond simply repairing the existing covers with new inserts. It was really odd how all 3 seats failed in totally different ways.

The fabric on the driver's seat was totally shredded. Not ripped, but worn out to where there were only threads left in one direction and lots of foam visible. Fortunately, the PO had covered it with some really bad faux sheepskin covers. At least they protected the foam from further damage.

The fabric on the passenger seat was nearly perfect, but the vinyl had gone brittle and split at the seam on the corner. I guess maybe it was parked where it got more sun exposure on that side. The back seat for the most part still looks ok except for 2 splits in the base one on either side of the tunnel. Almost as clean as if you had cut it with a knife.

Next week's project- redo the back seat.

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nice work Al.

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And, yet, a friend's 2000 Camry, with ~150k+ miles on it still had a pristine interior with great looking cloth upholstery. Did Alfa buy their fabric from... Myanmar or Juarez (actually, though, one of the best suppliers of Chevy and Corvette interiors is just west of El Paso. Interesting place with all the original fabrics/vinyls/Naugahyde, etc, and the big cutting machines for the patterns)?

Did you save patterns for your cut pieces?

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62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6

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Yes, I did save them. I would be glad to share.
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And, yet, a friend's 2000 Camry, with ~150k+ miles on it still had a pristine interior with great looking cloth upholstery. Did Alfa buy their fabric from... Myanmar?

Did you save patterns for your cut pieces?
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Excellent job!

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I would be happy to buy a copy of the patterns, so that I could try sewing my own. Have done a little, sail covers, hatch covers, that sort of thing, using Sunbrella, a little difficult to use, since it is thick, but worked well, even 4 or 5 five layers. Kinda of fun, actually.

Let me know, please. Just PM.
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I finally found some time today to get back to this project. Since my last post, I have moved from my summer home back to my winter place, my son has started a new high school and just as I thought I might get some therapeutic Alfa time, my stupid Mercedes blew a water pump. Makes one appreciate how easy it is to change an Alfa pump!

Anyway, I have now removed the bottom of the back seat and stripped it and am beginning to make patterns and sew vinyl again!

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I'm finally back to working on this project! In the last month, I have been evacuated from my house TWICE. First time for the hurricane and then shortly after I returned for the follow-up flood. My son just returned to school yesterday for the first time in 3 weeks. Fortunately, I suffered no damage beyond a few tree limbs, but it sure did cut into my Alfa time...

Anyway, I finished the rear seat bottom today. The wrinkles should pull out with a bit of heat.




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I am happy to hear that your family and property survived the hurricane.

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Glad you are safe. We have friends in North Carolina in one of the affected areas but haven't heard anything yet. They do have a creek that runs through some of their property. Hope they are ok.

Your seat covers do look pretty darn good. Still interested in the pattern for the front seat, if you still have it. Not interested in the rest, as all that is perfect and always unused. See no need.

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1991 164S, stock
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62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6

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I'll try to get the front patterns out to you next week.

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I finally found some time today to get back to this project. Since my last post, I have moved from my summer home back to my winter place, my son has started a new high school and just as I thought I might get some therapeutic Alfa time, my stupid Mercedes blew a water pump. Makes one appreciate how easy it is to change an Alfa pump!

Anyway, I have now removed the bottom of the back seat and stripped it and am beginning to make patterns and sew vinyl again!

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Just a little hint I picked up, if you wrap the foam in Glad Wrap or some form of light plastic you will find the cover slips on very easy. Hope this helps Regards John

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