Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's a Tablecloth No More!

My sister-in-law is currently taking a Dress & Humanities class in college and one assignment she had recently was to make a skirt out of a round tablecloth. I found this quite ingenious and had to make one for myself! It's so hard for me to find a cute skirt for a decent price that fits just right. If you're the same way, then you'll like this tutorial :) All you have to do is cut a hole for your waist, sew on some biased tape, and add a zipper! Seriously one of the easiest things I've made. Warning: this project does contain math :)

Materials needed:
Round tablecloth 70-90in.
Biased tape

Step 1:

Measure your waist where you want the skirt to sit. Then take that number and divide by 3.14; then divide again by 2. This will give you the radius for your circle. Mine was 7.9".

Step 2:

Fold your tablecloth in half across the center. Now fold it in half again, from the point to the edge. Do this once more and pin like crazy so it doesn't move. It should look like the image below.

Step 3:

Measure your radius (7.9") from the point and make several marks.

Step 4:

Cut the point along this line.

Step 5:

Now, measure 7" down one edge to create a slit for the zipper.

Ste 6:

Sew a zigzag around the edge so it doesn't stretch out while you sew on the biased tape. Don't stretch it as you sew the zigzag because the circle is cut on the biased somewhere and could stretch out.

Step 7:

Once you've sewn around the edge, pin on and sew your biased tape.

Step 8:

Add your zipper.

And you’re done! Now you can twirl to your hearts content :)

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