Thanks, Sally, for the kick in the pants I needed! I'm making serious progress!!
The couch has saddle stitching down the back, so I'm doing that on the slipcover too. It adds a little detail to the back instead of just a big expanse of flat fabric. It's a small thing, but it makes a big difference.
You can see where the cats have scratched the hell out of the couch, and where 10 years of dirt and grime have taken over. I can't wait until it's all hidden!!
This is what the linen looked like after I washed it in warm water and dried it in a hot dryer. I'm serging all the inside edges of the slipcover so that I'll be able to wash it. Linen just gets better with washings!
Stay tuned for "after" pics--coming soon! (I hope)