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Men's shorts made from thrift store tablecloth

Added Mar 28, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






I made these Bermuda shorts from a vintage Seventies Vera tablecloth I found at my local Salvation Army. I used Simplicity 5044, a vintage mens shorts pattern. They have a cool enclosed elastic section in the back waistband which keeps them snug. They were fun to make and I look forward to wearing them this summer, with or without the matching terrycloth shirt (which was what inspired me to make them in the first place).

Material Notes

100% cotton tablecloth




Garment Type

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    May 3, 2010, 12.19 AMby jacquelynt

    This is great (among your other great projects). The print is perfect for that pattern. You’ve got quite an eye for style :)

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    Apr 1, 2010, 04.05 PMby hooksvsneedles

    Wonderful! I am such a sucker for Vera prints. If only I could make shorts out of all my superflous Vera scarves…

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    Mar 31, 2010, 03.48 AMby smallone

    man you shop in the coolest thrift stores great fabric :)

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    Mar 29, 2010, 09.05 PMby nehifamily

    I love the fabric!!! Makes me want to run out and go rumaging through more thrift store linens!!!

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    Mar 29, 2010, 07.01 PMby bjeppson

    Very cool. You’ll be the envy of the Jersey shore this summer.

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    Mar 29, 2010, 01.37 PMby lalunanueva

    great! love both fabric and thrift stores:)

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    Mar 29, 2010, 10.48 AMby sewclairey

    Beautiful!! Good find on the fabric and the pattern!

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    Mar 29, 2010, 06.17 AMby elguanche

    cool, so summer just can come! :-D

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      Mar 29, 2010, 02.11 PMby Peter Lappin

      Not soon enough for me! LOL

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      Mar 30, 2010, 11.33 AMby elguanche

      hahahah… here in Germany it is quite warm already!

      strange… ;-)

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    Mar 29, 2010, 12.40 AMby pieriangirl

    Another awesome project, love the fabric!

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      Mar 29, 2010, 02.11 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks, pieriangirl!

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    Mar 28, 2010, 06.34 PMby shedoz213

    I love these shorts!!!

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    Mar 28, 2010, 05.52 PMby nenasew

    Super cool shorts. Wow, hard to believe u used a tablecloth. Its a perfect choice for these shorts.

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      Mar 28, 2010, 09.26 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks. That tablecloth was a lucky find.

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