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Date: 7/24/09 10:59 PM

Some where in the recesses of my mind, I remember seeing a pattern or directions for making a shirt or jacket from a tablecloth. I know I could just lay out a pattern on the table cloth and cut, but I remember seeing directions for using the tablecloth's borders or motifs in interesting ways.

I collect vintage and retro textiles when I yard sale shop, and now it is time to stop shopping and start sewing. Any help PRers could provide is appreciated.

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Date: 7/24/09 11:26 PM

The book Sew Vintage by Jennie Archer Atwood has a section where she talks about doing this and also has some pictures--but basically she tells you to lay the tablecloth out flat and put your pattern pieces down in a way that takes the best advantage of the motif.

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Date: 7/25/09 4:29 PM

Thanks for the support. I think I can take a simple pattern and just do a cutting layout of what looks good to me. So much of sewing for me is confidence in what I'm doing,


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Date: 7/26/09 2:08 PM

Remember to allow for hems and things like fold lines when you do your layouts. I've used an embroidered tablecloth to make a summer jacket and used the cloth's hems for collar lapels, front corners, etc. Sometimes you need to change how you finish seam ends or rip a bit of the tablecloth's hem so that the side seam is enclosed in the hem. It's fun to do if you like a bit of intellectual challenge with your sewing. Also double check for stains and holes in the tablecloth before you do your layout or you'll be doing some creative coverups on your finished garment (ask me how I know that!)

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