It may surprise you to learn that I bought this tablecloth in Lapland. In Arvidsjaur, Sweden, in the Red Cross charity shop, to be precise. I was on a trip up there at the start of the summer and because it rained a fair bit during my stay, the charity shops of northern Västerbotten and Lapland were a good distraction (although my favourite Red Cross shop in Jörn has sadly closed down).
The tablecloth itself is a thick weave often used for placemats, though it’s bigger than a normal placemat, that’s why I think it’s a tablecloth, perhaps from a side table or coffee table. Anyway, I paid SEK 10:- for it (a little under £1). It caught my eye because of its pretty pink, grey and cream colour scheme, so I snapped it up (along with a few other examples of doilies and table linens, which you will be seeing here in due course). Of course, I wanted to wear it here in London – no sense wasting pretty textiles like this on homewares!
On closer investigation, it was just about big enough for a mini skirt front. I am using the skirt front from my own Champagne Pattern – lengthening it to the length of the tablecloth and omitting the waistband.
I made the darts as normal. You can see I considered leaving the fringe as a hem, but decided against it in the end, because I couldn’t work out what to do at the back.
I actually cut the bulk from the front darts and pressed them open as far as possible to help it lie flat.
I cut the back from some off-white crepe which was in stash (probably could have done with being a bit thicker), and a matching lining.
Because I omitted the waistband, I made sure to understitch the lining at the waist to help keep the lining inside the skirt. Understitching involves sewing the seam allowances to the lining a few millimetres away from the seam line. It really works!
You can just about see the row of understitching in the below picture…
Here’s how it turned out. I paired it with pink and grey to really make the most of the colour scheme. I think it works!
I feel like you can see a bit of fringe poking out from the hem – I will trim that before I wear it again.
The back is plain cream so I need to be careful where I sit so I don’t get any dirt on it. Other than that though, it’s very practical ;-)
Stay tuned for more Lapland tablecloth fun later this summer!