Hot! Borrowed & Blue Floral Mini | Veronica Darling



The Facts

Fabric: Blue Floral Linen Tablecloth $3
Pattern: Simplicity 8049 20 cents
Year: c. 1969
Notions: Zipper, $1 & bias binding, free
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: January 2011
Wear again? 

Total Cost: $4.20


For some reason, when I op shop (aka thrift shop) I seem to buy a lot of blue floral material, and I don't sew with blue that often. I prefer blacks, reds and purples and often try and avoid too much floral! When I tidied up my sewing room earlier this year I had piles of blue vintage fabric and was delighted to hear that some of the Sew Weekly Contributing Team have the same problem! This won't be the last time you'll see 'Something Floral & Something Blue' from me, as I might try and adapt future themes to include my towering pile of blue vintage fabric!

Today's dress is a nice Simplicity pattern that I've had for a while and haven't made for a few years, but it's nice for me because it's a Miss Petite sizing, which always makes it easier for me to fit. I'm becoming more aware when I measure, cut and sew up of getting the right fit, because I have a bad habit of soldiering right through the pattern instructions from start to finish and then finding the shoulder seams are gaping or the bust is tight, and the waist it baggy. 


The material is a stiff(ish) linen tablecloth, that looks like 1960s or 1970s perhaps, and when you sew with a tablecloth, you have to really look at every inch for: food stains (!) and rips and general wear and tear. So pattern placing is really important, and for this one I avoided a massive big tear in near the hem, and I also paid attention to placing the sleeves in the same corners, to get the edge flower (above photo) on both shoulders. 


My 'groovy' vintage zipper with a circle pull! Instead of facing I used blue bias binding along the neckline, cause the fabric is kinda bulky, I didn't want to add extra material. Oh, and this dress (you can see in the pattern) has horizontal bust darts, but curvy vertical darts as well! These are great darts for getting the better fit for busty/hourglass/petites like me! My first fitting was snug for the bust and the waist, but the waist section of the long vertical bust darts was pretty baggy, so I shaved a little more off those darts and now it's a very good fit!



Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. Really, really cute. I love that zipper detail. I also love how you handled the sleeves.

  2. This is SO cute! In fact, all your dresses are! I love the zipper pull and the fabric, they are perfect for this dress!

  3. This is so groovy – you have done a great job, and you look fantastic!!

  4. Fabulous style and really funny that it made from a recycled tablecloth.

  5. I love this dress – it’s so cute!! And I am so jealous of the weather you are having!!! How I wish it was warm and sunny enough to wear cute little summer dresses here.

  6. Gorgeous! Love how you used a tablecloth for it. :-)

  7. I haven’t tried a tablecloth as the material for an outfit, but the more I see you ladies doing so, the more I think you may be on to something. It’s a beaut.

  8. Oh I love this dress. You are amazing in your construction. I also remember those zippers and wore them back in the day. The dress is great and it looks so cute on you.

  9. If I made this, I would look like I’m wearing a tablecloth. You, on the other hand, make the dress look great! Also, nice work on those darts. It looks like it fits really well.

  10. It looks great on you, Veronica! Your creations are always amazing! I love the groovy zipper, too. :)

  11. that is awesomeness. wow.

  12. Very cute. Great for spring and summer.

  13. Cuuuuttee! Love the little loop on the zipper – so Kate Spade!

  14. Lovely! This is really great.

  15. Love the dress as well! And the sun peeking out behind the trees :-)

  16. This is really pretty and I love how you’ve made great use of the border.

  17. I am super-duper-impressed with your ingenuity. I would never have guessed in a million years that its first life was a tablecloth. Bravo!

  18. Love this dress and if I didn’t read your blog, I wouldn’t have known it was a table cloth! Amazing!