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Added Dec 7, 2011

by Nickiejc

Angers, France






Have you ever made a dress because it is what the material wanted?!!!

I was given this delicate tablecloth material (still in the form of a table cloth) and couldn’t imagine doing anything with it except to make EXACTLY this dress…..shame I would never wear it!

I lined the bodice and then got in a mess as couldn’t remember which seams I ought to join up first in order to make it turn rightside out when it was sewn. Because of my mistake I have had to split open the shoulder seams and resew the lining there by hand. I am not skilled at button holes so made little button loops and found some vintage glass buttons that I got from a vide grenier in the summer. I am pleased with the overall effect even although the bits that don’t show aren’t as neat as I would have liked them to be!

Material Notes

scalloped edge, crushed, satiny, synthetic material…a tablecloth in a previous life!


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Romantic

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.48 PMby sala22

    Oh my goodness, what a breathtaking dress!

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      Dec 13, 2011, 07.32 AMby Nickiejc

      Thank you!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.29 AMby Arianna Salan Ⓥ

    I’m totally in love with this!! Did you draft the pattern? I adore the back.

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      Dec 11, 2011, 04.42 PMby Nickiejc

      Thank you! The bodice is from a pattern I bought ages ago and then I added a gathered skirt. The back does up with little loops because I am too useless at buttonholes!!!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.21 PMby wildcatspow

    This is really, really beautiful! What an inspired dress!

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      Dec 8, 2011, 07.11 AMby Nickiejc

      Thank you…Inspiration came because Xmas advertising is in full swing. All the pretty dresses in perfume ads etc make me want to make pretty stuff too!!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 10.08 PMby kihli

    This is gorgeous! You should really wear it!

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      Dec 8, 2011, 07.07 AMby Nickiejc

      Thank you! It’s a perfect fit, it’s just not me. I do love dresses like this one though…to look at!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 09.57 PMby mollykatherine

    This is such a beautiful, angelic dress – if you won’t wear it, I will :) You should be very pleased with it, the scalloped hem is stunning! x

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      Dec 8, 2011, 07.04 AMby Nickiejc

      If you lived locally, I’d say try it and if it fits ,have it ! Bit of a long way to come for a frock though!! Thank you for your kind comments.

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    Dec 7, 2011, 05.37 PMby Jeyco

    i’m almost in love with this beautiful dress!

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      Dec 7, 2011, 05.42 PMby Nickiejc

      What a lovely thing to say! Thank you!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.08 PMby GeorgieT74

    I love it!

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      Dec 7, 2011, 05.04 PMby Nickiejc

      Thank you!!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.50 PMby turtlegirl00

    This is gorgeous! I think it is a timeless elegant piece—way to go!

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      Dec 7, 2011, 04.10 PMby Nickiejc

      Thank you very much, I REALLY wish it suited me!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 02.15 PMby cazcook

    is is gorgeous! And can’t believe it’s made from a tablecloth, just brilliant. x

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      Dec 7, 2011, 04.08 PMby Nickiejc

      Thank you! I thought the material was too pretty for tableware…if it had have been mine originally the dress would have a unique pattern of bolognese sauce!!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 01.00 PMby Lolibraun

    I love it, it so beautiful.

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      Dec 7, 2011, 04.08 PMby Nickiejc

      Thank you!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 12.20 PMby schnui

    Your dress is beautiful. So simple and elegant. A great way to use a tablecloth. Well done.

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      Dec 7, 2011, 05.48 PMby Nickiejc

      Thank you… Now just got to find a really big dress and turn it into tablecloth!!

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      Dec 8, 2011, 07.42 AMby schnui

      Now that will be a challenge!! Especially in France where women are sol slim!!!

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      Dec 8, 2011, 08.01 AMby Nickiejc

      It’s a myth!

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