Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Top These Tablecloths They are Tops!!

 I have been seeing these type of tops and dresses everywhere (they sell for a fair bit) and I have been wanting to make some for ages (cos I am a cheap skate and don't like buying what I know I can make myself (after lots of  procrastinating and overthinking for ages that is)).

So take one round tablecloth

 Cut a hole for neck.(keep in mind that you cut less than what you think for this area)I made it too big here so had to do some tucks on shoulder.

 I dyed it (was hoping for a deeper purple tho) Cut what I thought was enough for sides turned out to be too much so will only be a very small size now but too big for a child unless I muck around with the neck again.This fabric wasnt the easiest to sew either due to the nobbly bits.

Then as I was packing away my bits and pieces including my scraps I noticed what a cool shape one peice was (accidently deleted that shot)and I thought hmmm a head peice

and here it is. Makes me feel a bit Amish.

 I left the long pieces on the sides to tie at the back.

"What ya think Mr 2"?

  "Well Gran I am thinking that  you look  kinda fun-ny." "I agree with you Mr 2" xx

Tablecloth take 2 .This time a rectangle one.

 again I cut too much off the neck so looped ribbon thru.Cut what I hoped was enough down sides and sleeves  and got it right this time.
 Pretty cute right?This one has a hole near bottom edge I will have to fix.Not bad for $1 and some sewing time.
and look it has  Wings woo hoo.(note to self wear a Singlet and add makeup next time!)
See that hole?will be gone shortly..... maybe.(Ps this post was done Monday. Hole is still there but I wore this today with jeans and high heels had some good comments on the top)
Tablecloth # 3 (no before shot as I had a dead battery and I couldnt wait to start creating)

Small size rectangle cloth,
I knew it would be great for one of the grandaughters and it was.
Miss 8 snapped it up fast and wore it to swimming lessons where she got rave reviews lol.
 She looks so stylish
 and loved it this much.
 so nice to see her out of shorts and tshirts and look at those wings!

Now Miss 10 and Miss 5 want one as well.Think I may used some printed cloths soon.

and lookee what I got

Its a Samsung Galaxy and I think I LOVE it! My old phone just went up and died on me so what better excuse to get up with technology.I can even google brands/labels while opping yay!!

Nelly xxx

Ps thanks for all the lovely comments on yesterdays post.I dont let it get to me so much any more as its been such a repititious thing for years.Its also why I am bringing up the 5 grandkids now. But as Ned Kelly said as he was about to be hung  "Such is life" I also try and remember to do what Eric Idle and Monty Python suggested "Always look on the bright side of life" (funny that I have never even watched a Monty movie must do so one day) BTW my eldest daughter (27) is a beautiful kind young woman but sadly makes the most stupidest decisions (bipolar ) luckily my other 3 kids have their heads in right directions or I woulda thought it was my fault lol.

Oh and  PPS
Wasnt it great to find out what my watsit was? After I found out I googled (as you do) and Here is a site with all sorts of different ones. I have plastic flower looms (but Asian instructions!)  and years ago I used it alot.One time I made a heap for a kids poncho But I love this vintage one more (naturally coz its vintage lol) Instructions thanks to google found Here just in case you find one too.

Looped  and ready ...

to become a flower,aint it cute?

Hmm I think thats all 
Nelly xxx


A Treasured Past said...

Hi Nelly, love the idea of using the table cloths. The second one is so cute! I was crazy mad on making flowers on my loom, but it only last a couple of weeks :)

Vintage Coconut said...

Top those tops?!
I don't think I can!!
Thoe tops are a total delight Nelly. You look flipping fabulous in yours and so does Miss 8 *Aww shes so cute*

You have so much talent I am jelous. It looks like I will put a few strings through a couple of doilies and make myself a bra. Thats about all I can do. *silly face*

I knew you would be popping out flowers asap. *hehe*

PJ said...


Kylie said...

I love your lacy tablecloth tops Nelly, you are soooo clever. I see a lovely white lacy Summer mini in the making for my day!

delia hornbook said...

Awwwww Nelly those tablecloth Tops are brilliant how clever are you ;-)) Little miss 8 looks so sweet bless her and little mr 2 is so cute. Great idea to die them to. Have a great day sweetie, dee xx

Vintage Sweetheart said...

What a cool idea! Miss 8 looks very happy indeed. Your loom makes very pretty flowers.

duchess_declutter said...

You are such a clever girl Nelly!
Thanks for the help too re the comment thingy. cheers Wendy

Liz said...

Great use of the tablecloths - very inventive!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Frocktasia said...

Dearest Nelly,
Oh, I love these! You've found some really stunning cloths to do this DIY with too.
I did a similar one myself a few years ago after spotting a fabulous vintage 60s white lace dress by the 'The London Mob' on Liz's Vintage-A-Peel blog. You can check my effort out on my old blog if you like here:
I've bought a couple of better quality lace cloths than the one I used for my first one hoping to create another and now that I've seen how incredibly stunning yours turned out to be, I may very well have to have a stab at it again.
Hope all is well with you and your loved ones.
Lot's of love,

pastcaring said...

Those tops are fabulous, Nelly, you and Miss 8 look amazing. I love a drapey sleeve/wings! Aren't you clever?
How many flowers have you made? Enough for a frock yet??! xxxxx

Vix said...

I bow to your fabulousness! I absolutely love those lace tops and shall be on the lookout for old lace at jumble sales from now on. Thanks for the inspiration. x

Misfits Vintage said...

So clever Nelly! The tablecloth tunics are such a lovely idea and Miss 8 looks just gorgeous in hers!

Oh - THAT's what the flowers look like - I love it!

Sarah xxx

Misfits Vintage said...

So clever Nelly! The tablecloth tunics are such a lovely idea and Miss 8 looks just gorgeous in hers!

Oh - THAT's what the flowers look like - I love it!

Sarah xxx

Protector of Vintage said...

Very lovely tops! You are so creative!!

Krista said...

Dang Nelly those are beautiful!!!! I envy your sewing skills and imagination! Miss 8 is adorable in hers and I'm sure was getting so much attention at swim class. Mr. 2 is precious!!!!

Nice new phone! That's hot, enjoy it but don't it to bed like I do.

Miss Peregrin said...

Oh my gosh, those tablecloth tops are AMAZING! What a great idea. I have a tablecloth like those laying around & I've been wondering what I should make out of it - I think I'll have to try this.

Ooo, the flower thingy is so cute!

Sponge Curlers and Cupcakes said...

Holey Mackerel now I REALLY wish I'd paid attention in sewing classes instead of buying the simplest patterns I could find just to get a passing grade & get outta there! I SO envy your skills & creativity Nelly! Your lace tunics are fantabulous! You should sew up a whole inventory & get them on Etsy! They'd SELL like hotcakes!

Now then, since I'm a newby here & don't know much "history" did I understand you to say above, you are raising FIVE grandchildren?

wendz said...

Your little lilac scarf thingy is more Gyspy Rose than Amish - they'd probably chuck you out the community for that bit of frivolity. ;)

It's great though.

As are your tops - so retro and so trendy.

Scarlett said...

Nelly you are so clever, what a great make with a table cloth and it looks fabulous! Scarlett x

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Nelly, what can I say that hasn't been said already. You are amazing. I LOVE THOSE TOPS. Sorry for shouting like a loon but they are genius!

Anonymous said...

I love the 2nd one and do you cell the hat thing