From Something Old to Something New – Upcycling Tablecloths
June 5, 2020
I want to share with you a project that I finished last week.
The Made my Wardrobe Amaya Shirt was something I’d made before. Some of you might remember this version in this mustard crinkle animal print from Waltons Fabrics.
But almost immediately I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to make one using embroidered tablecloths to take advantage of the patterns peasant folky style.
It wouldn’t be the first time I had made something with a tablecoth. This is a slighly adapted Chalk & Notch Farrah Top on the left of this photo.
If you are new to upcycling, tablecloths make a great source of fabrics. I tend to look in charity shops as well as searching on ebay to find the ones I have got. I already had 2 tablecloths already in my stash before lockdown began that were earmarked for this project.
When working with an existing embroidered (or printed) design on your fabric it is important to get the placement of the pattern pieces just right to make maxium use of the design, which means that you need more fabric that if the placement was irrelevant. (Don’t worry, any scraps that I don’t use get passed on to Project Linus who use them to make quilts for sick babies and children.) So I knew that I’d need 2 large tablecloths for this project.
The front, back and neck binding/tie are all from one tablecloth and the sleeves are from another. I had to cut the top section of the sleeves on the bias and reduce the fullness of the gathers on the lower sleev due to the amount of fabric. I used the scalloped hem of the tablecloth as the hem on the sleeve.
I’m really pleased with the finished result. and it was a nice quick make despite the fact that it look a bit more time fussy cutting the fabric and using french seams for all the seams.
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