For quite some time I've wanted to make myself a skirt out of an old crocheted or lace tablecloth, and with this in mind I've searched op-shops for some suitable candidate to chop up. Not only didn't I find any old tablecloths with any sort of beauty at all (plastic daisy print, anyone?) but it started to occur to me that if I was lucky enough to find a genuine old crocheted cloth I couldn't cut it up anyway, the sacrilege would be too great. I would fold it carefully and store it away and just bring out to dress the table for special occasions. They are pretty precious.
So when I went to the end-of-year sale at my favourite fabric store I found this knit lace that was patterned with vaguely doily-type embroidery and got a metre.
First I made a lining skirt of 70cm length, because that is how much lining fabric I bought. Then I started arranging and cutting the lace straight onto the lining on Bessie, aiming for a layered effect with an uneven "tablecloth-y" hemline. It looks and sounds kind of random, but it was thought out and I did a fair bit of measuring, planning and pinning before I took the scissors to the lace. I wanted to make best use of the lace, part of my ongoing obsession with minimal wastage. And I'm pleased to say that I used every last square centimetre of fabric with not a single scrap left!
Cost of this skirt: 1m lace, $30 + 70cm lining, $4.90 -15% sale discount + zip, $2.30 = approx $32. And no scraps. Not bad. I'm happy.
I love this final look. Just call me obsessed with lace, if there was a White Lace Anonymous help group I would need to sign up. In honour of the whole "tablecloth" inspiration I set up our outdoor table with some of my antique china for morning tea.
Do you like my "fork" bracelet? It's my son's really, and he got the idea from the movie "Elephant". It's just one of those cheapie single forks you can buy, bent into a loop.
Skirt; own design, white stretch lace
Top; Butterick 4985, sleeves from another pattern, pink nobbly cotton, overdyed using an old red T-shirt
Sandals; Vicenza, from Soletta shoes
Bracelet; bent fork