This reminds me of Steve's Thinking Chair on Blues Clues.
I really did hesitate when the owner sent me a picture of this chair. I won't take on a project if I don't think I'll be able to do a good job, and the quirky design elements were pretty intimidating. I psyched myself up and said yes.
Here's how it turned out:
I decided to use a vertical piping on the back like the upholstery so the line of chunky cording wouldn't show through. She asked me to use my judgement and add a skirt if I thought it would look ok. I think the 6" box pleats add some volume on the bottom and balance out the over sized arms and back.