Readers, I have a confession. That lovely blue strapless dress was not the first tablecloth dress I made. Minutes after reading Veronica Darling's blog post, I raced to my box of wedding things packed away in the basement and pulled out this:
Yes, I was so excited by a blog post that I immediately cut up the tablecloth I bought specifically for the gift table at my wedding. What can I say, I was motivated and impatient and didn't want to wait for the one I ordered from eBay to come.
Since I didn't take any photos of me sewing the dress, I thought I'd show some construction details instead.
The inside of the dress turned out great. I lined it, and I used double fold bias tape to finish the waist seam.
I used a vintage metal zipper (can I call it a vintage dress, since it's made with vintage fabric and notions?)
Ha, see what I mean about being careful to match up the print? I was so excited to cut out the pieces that I didn't even think about the finished product, so it doesn't match up at all.
I used white lace hem tape, and since I knew this was just going to be a casual summer dress, I machine stitched the hem. I'd normally do it by hand or use Steam A Seam, but I think it works with the laid-back vibe of this frock.
Finally, I used some leftover scraps to make a tie belt.
It's not the best thing I've ever sewn, but it fits perfectly and it'll be great for lazy summer Sundays.