Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Tablecloth Skirt

I LOVE MY TABLECLOTH SKIRT. Can you tell? First off, I have to thank Shams for figuring out this design and inspiring and sharing it so generously. She even has a gallery of skirts where you can check out other interpretations of the skirt. It is such a simple concept. The skirt is basically a square with a circle cut into it for the waist. The circle needs to be big enough to go over the hips. Connected to each side of the square are four more rectangles, not squares. They then have their sides stitched together to make the points. Shams does a fabulous tutorial here. Try it. It is so easy and I can't wait to make more. This is definitely happening in linen for the summer.
This skirt is really fun to do in plaids and you will see a few in the gallery. I thought I would go the stripe route with a poly suiting from Joanns, nothing fancy but it has body with a nice drape. Drape is important here.

One thing I noticed in the pictures is that various people had their points at different levels of their legs. This is because the center square is an arbitrary size. I think my center square was 34 inches. Next time I want to try making the points more mid thigh with longer rectangles.

For the waistline I covered elastic with black ponte and then serged it all to the center circle cutout. The hem is serged and topstitched. I also topstitched all the seams to get them to have a little more definition. I think with a really drapey fabric that's a must but this is one of those designs where you can really express your own vision.

I can't tell you how many times I have worn this skirt already. Thank you, Shams, so much, and all all the other inspiring ladies on the gallery....Bunny

17 comments:

  1. It looks fabulous on you, Bunny! I will be adding your pics to my gallery! :D

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  2. Wow this looks lovely one you - looks great with your boots

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  3. I love the skirt! You look great in it!

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  4. Love that first photo. You look great in it.

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  5. Oh come on, Bunny! Go ahead and twirl! That is so cute!

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  6. You are looking pretty spiffy there. Love howthe skirt looks on you.

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  7. You are looking pretty spiffy there. Love howthe skirt looks on you.

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  8. You are looking pretty spiffy there. Love howthe skirt looks on you.

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  9. Such an elegant version of this skirt - LOVE your fabric choice!

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  10. Good Morning, Bunny!
    You remind me of Diane Keaton in these shots! Very cute...new glasses? new haircut? I LOVE your new skirt! Very flattering & it looks very up-to-date-modern, esp. with the black boots. WTG, Bunny!

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  11. That's a super cute twirly skirt. The striped fabric is a good choice for the design. Dance and twirl, lady!

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  12. It looks great! I like your stripes, but I can see that plaid would be good too.

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  13. You look fabulous in the skirt! I wonder as to how it would look on a much bulkier body such as mine?!
    >^..^<

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