Thanksgiving is now over, and our show auditions will be this next week (FINALLY!!). I took a few minutes in-between cleaning, cooking and visiting with family to sneak in a few minutes of sewing.
I had so much fun making the Tablecloth Overskirts that I decided to make some more. I picked up a few tablecloths (or what I thought were tablecloths) to add to the collection.
The first one I picked to play with was a lovely brown and green plaid, in a heavy cotton fabric. It is shown here folded in quarters, getting ready to cut the hole for the waist.
After I folded it, I was surprised to see buttonholes!
This is actually a shower curtain. This is a little different from the previous ones I did as this is a square (ish) piece of fabric instead of a curved (oval, circle) one.
Prior to starting the project I had played with the fabric a bit, experimenting with ideas of how to drape and fold it. It is a little hard to do when it is in one piece, but, I had some thoughts.
After cutting the waist hole, I began the shaping process. I brought opposite corners up to the waist hole and pinned them in place. This will be the front and the back. Then I made pleats in the fabric on the sides. I ran a quick row of stay stitching around the top edge. This also served to baste down the points and the pleats.
Just for fun, I decided to finish the waist in a different way and make a casing. I used some double fold brown bias tape. This was sewed along the top and covered the raw edge of the skirt, and formed the casing. I did not make a slit in this skirt. If it proves difficult to get on and off, it would be easy to add a slit at the point where the bias binding comes together.
Now came the fun part–shaping the overskirt. I didn’t care for the side corners hanging down, so I brought them up and tacked them down.
Then, I pulled the sides up and stitched them near the waistband.
The overskirt is shown over a generic linen-look brown a-line skirt. The underskirt is not particularly full, and I think this works just fine.
I marked the front of the skirt on the inside of the waistband using a silver Sharpie marker. Silver sharpies work great for labeling dark fabrics.
Overall, I am happy with this overskirt. I like the way the fabric folds and drapes and how the large plaid accents this.
Cost: $1.88 for the shower curtain, pieces of bias tape and elastic.
Time: About 20″