Since it came downstairs, my Fairfield has been impersonating a mummy, all wrapped up in bandages of cloth to keep the dust off. I decided it was time to do something more attractive and less concealing. So I bought 3 metres of vinyl tablecloth from the local bargain store. This is 1m wide and cost £3.50 a metre. It's fairly flexible and really stinks of plastic which I hope is going to wear off.
I cut the 3m piece in half as I needed to make two dustcovers: one for the Fairfield, and one for my Ratty's House that I made in a Rik Pierce workshop.
My working method was not very scientific. I draped the piece of plastic over the Fairfield, tucked flaps under the base, and pinched together the excess at four corners. I cut off the excess leaving about a one-inch seam allowance, and temporarily held the seam together with paperclips while I was working on the fitting.
Then I sewed the seam on a normal sewing machine using a long stitch length, leaving the seam allowances on the outside. I didn't think they were going to look any better on the inside because it is all transparent, and it might have made the cover fit less well. I tried to stitch the seams so they came down to 'ground' level, leaving a loose flap of plastic to tuck under the base.
However, I was concerned that making the cover too airtight might lead to problems, such as a microclimate inside that might encourage mould. So I decided to stitch in 'air vents' by adding patches of needlepoint canvas. I added two vents to each cover.
I'm going to visit the Arnhem Poppenhuisstad dollshouse fair in The Netherlands next month, so I will look out for 1:24 accessories there.