A client came to me last week with a bag full of table cloths and asked me if I could make her some bohemian style gowns out of them. She sent me a photo of the style she was wanting - long bell sleeves, flowy skirt, gathered at the waist, low v-neckline. Easy enough to recreate, using a rectangular table cloth.
The table cloth I used was a gorgeous heavy crochet lace with scalloped edges. I didn't want to loose the scallop and I would have felt terrible cutting up this table cloth and not having the design work out. So I needed to make this design as simple as I could with the least amount of cuts.
I started out by folding the table cloth in half length-ways - one side would become the front and the other side would become the back. Now, I needed to cut the shaping on the sides, so I folded the fabric in half again, but widthwise - so that I could cut both sides the exact same way.
After the neckline was exactly how I wanted it, I serged the edges and then folded them under once and stitched them down.
Next came the twill tape ribbon casing. I marked a small line to follow, so that I could sew it on straight. Then I started at the center back and continued all the way around.