I love clothing made out of linens and lace! I found this ivory tablecloth for $5 at a thrift store and decided to turn this classic into a peasant shirt for my granddaughter. This tablecloth has pretty cut-work lace edges and cut-work around the center too.
My granddaughter got mad when I pulled a handful of sand out of her mouth...what a mean grandmother!
If you want to turn a tablecloth (or something similar) into a shirt, here's what you'll need to do. When cutting out the pattern, line-up the pattern's hems along the edges of the tablecloth. The advantage of doing this is the shirt wouldn't need any hemming. HERE's a free pattern to use to make this classic peasant shirt. It's available in two sizes: 6 month & 12 month baby. If these sizes aren't what you need, there are a lot of free patterns available for peasant shirts on the internet so start searching and I know you'll find the right size for your project.
- A tablecloth
- Bias tape the same color as the tablecloth
- This pattern
- 3/8" elastic
- Cut out the pattern pieces and making sure the hem lines up with the finished edge of the table cloth.
- Sew the sleeves to the front back and top pieces as shown. Attach both sides.
- To the neck, unfold one edge of single fold bias tape and sew to the edge of the neck.
- Now iron the bias tape to the wrong side of the neck.
- Sew close to the edge of the bias tape.
- Measure around the babies neck, add an additional 2 inches extra so the shirt slips easily over the babies neck. Using 3/8" elastic cut the elastic for the neck.
- 3" from the bottom of the sleeve, sew on bias tape the same color as the tablecloth.
- Thread elastic the length of the babies upper arm through the seam tape on both sleeves.
- Sew the side seams.
You're finished! No hems for this shirt! I hope you like this pattern. If you have a favorite peasant shirt pattern, use it instead of the one I created. I'd love to know if you plan to try this technique. xoxo Grandma
|This shirt was made from a table runner using the same pattern.|