tablecloth skirt #melbournefrocktails

Well helloo hello, longtime no blogging, but I’m back to show you my Melbourne frocktails skirt. It’s definitely a winner, though it didn’t start out that way.

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I had this cotton pique or marcella in my stash for ages. I loved it’s large scale floral but when it arrived (from tessuti) I thought oh no, what will I do with it, it’s so heavy and thick.barbarjanemade.jpeg

It marinated in the stash. All I could think to do with it was make a tablecloth, and it would have made a lovely tablecloth, an expensive one, but very pretty.

Then I bought a ticket to Melbourne frocktails!!! I saw a gorgeous RTW skirt my daughter was wearing, full, flared, twirly, lots of body and so the ‘tablecloth’ skirt was born.tmp_10189-20160101_130752-1962500919tmp_10189-20160101_1308571662601258

I based it on the BHL Flora skirt. Pretty much a circle skirt with inverted box pleats front and back. I wanted a shaped waistband that didn’t collapse. I made the waistband first and got it the size I wanted before adjusting the skirt and pleats to fit the waistband.

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The waistband is roughly based on the Grainline Moss skirt, but wider, and to sit at the waist, not below. Pretty heart shaped button…..

I used Gertie’s tutorial on boning a waistband to prevent it from collapsing.  I used rigilene polyester boning inside casing made from  white bias binding.

The inside waistband and pockets are Liberty. Another stash fabric that I wondered what I was thinking afterwards (or as Marcy might say, what was I drinking).tmp_10189-20160105_122551325895031

The Flora doesn’t have pockets, but in-seam pockets are an easy addition and who doesn’t love a pocket in a fancy skirt. Liberty pockets………barbarajanemade.jpeg

By the time it was done, I was quite pleased with it and thought it deserved a hand sewn hem – it took foooorever, but now I love the old tablecloth skirt.

For the top I made a Tessuti Kate in silver linen (who knew, there was such a thing, but A2F had some). It’s the first time I’ve really understood and done a proper a full bust adjustment, what??! Now I want to remake all the things. Details of the silver Kate soon Shoes from Bared Footwear, inspired by Jillian.

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Frocktails was such a good night, it was so good to meet so many other sewists and see all the gorgeous frocks, all the fabric. Fabric shopping organized by Anna was a blast too. Imagine hanging out in fabric shops with people that know about fabric and aren’t  in a hurry to leave 😊

thanks for a great weekend lovely Melbourne hosts and frocktails organisers.

cheers

barbara

tmp_10189-20160116_191349-1094480759The tailors tack, freshly minted (ha ha) for frocktails.

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22 thoughts on “tablecloth skirt #melbournefrocktails

    • Thanks so much Carolyn! It’s amazing fabric and the skirt is now a favourite. Well worth it hanging in the stash for a while unloved, before its purpose was found.

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  2. What a wonderful skirt! I never have the courage to buy fabric such as this, so well done for your foresight and being able to carry it off. Your top looks amazing too, so I can’t wait to read about the silver linen and FBA. I love the concept of a drink minted especially for frocktails…

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    • thanks so much Sue. I really thought it was destined to be a tablecloth, but this is much more fun. The special cocktails was invented for the evening with a call going out in instagram for a suitable name.

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