Sep 9, 2018

How to make a vintage table cloth dress


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.


The sides got cut in a scalene triangular shape, to create the bell sleeve shape and the flared skirt.


Unfolded, I had a somewhat symetrical dress.


I cut a small neckhole - large enough to fit over the mannequin. Then I cut the neckline down to where I wanted it.


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.




I threaded the ribbon through the twill tape casing and then pulled it through the lace, at the center back.




Love it!!




Sep 9, 2018

This is amazing! Very creative. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you so much for sharing! You are too sweet & just adorable in these photos! <3

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