Friday, July 15, 2011

How to Make a Tablecloth Skirt.

Last Sunday, whilst mooching around a car boot sale, I came across this beaut of a table cloth. Hand appliqued strawberries and leaves with a red trim, and lace, it was a total snip at 75 pence!

A couple of weeks ago, I'd bought a this handful of Woman's Weekly magazines, dating back to 1946...

Amongst these tatty old issues, I found some simple instructions on how to make a circle skirt.

The thought of making myself some vintage-inspired, summery skirts had stuck in my mind, and having found this fabbo circular table cloth, where better to start- no hems to stitch is always a bonus for the lazy sewer! So, here's how I did it...

* Measure the largest part of your hips and cut a strip of fabric about 3 inches wide, and whatever your hip measurement is, plus a couple of extra inches.

* Fold your strip in half, width ways, and stitch the length of it, to make your waistband, then turn inside out and thread elastic through.
Make sure it fits comfortably around your waist- you want to be able to breathe.

* Lay out your round table cloth and use the measuring tape to make a circle as large as your hips. Trace the circle out with a pencil, and cut out the hole.

* Next, stitch the edge of your waistband, around the hole in the middle of your table cloth, making sure the ends meet up as close as poss (this is why you add on a couple of extra inches to the strip at the beginning)

* Neatly stitch the open ends of your waistband together, and hey presto! You have a lovely 50s style circle skirt.

What do you reck?

It's so quick and simple, I managed to make it in the time it took to run a bath! The thing that took the longest, was finding where I'd put the elastic!

Strawberry and Cream Lovings


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