Thursday, February 5, 2015

KCW #2: Upcycled embroidered table cloth to summer dress

A few months ago while inspired by a embroidered designer dress I bought a vintage hand embroidered table cloth. Due to KCW's theme upcycle my plans for the table cloth resurfaced and the last three days I spend on turning the table cloth into a summer dress.


The table cloth was covered in beautifully embroidered flowers and I wanted to put as much of them in the dress. Due to the non-circular embroidery pattern (the corners were true corners) I could not cut a circle skirt. The not so obvious optimal cutting schedule was the reason the table cloth was not turned into a dress immediately. After much thought I opted for a skirt in six pieces and a horizontally split front bodice. The bodice part and sleeves are again from the book Doe Het Zelvers 2.




After I cut all the pieces I spend a few hours on removing the embroidery thread of flowers that were cut in half. I wanted to only have whole flowers to create the illusion that the embroidery pattern was designed to fit the dress. Although taking out the extra flowers and leaves took quite some time it was nothing compared to how much time must have gone into embroidering the table cloth in the first place.




I made button closure in the back, this way my daughter can dress herself. While cutting the dress I first had planned a blind zipper. Due to my blind zipper plans I chose two separate flower patterns for the back.





My daughter loved the dress (every time I make her a new dress she claims that it is the prettiest dress ever) and immediately wore it to the restaurant we went this evening. She got several complements which made her radiate even more.





I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian).


24 comments:

  1. What a fabulous dress! I love the way you were able to make the embroidery look like it was created for the dress!

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    1. Thanks Louisia, I am happy you think I succeeded in my attempt.

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  2. Oh tof vind ik deze! Knap gedaan !

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    1. Dank je Mieke, altijd fijn als een van je inspiratiebronnen dat zegt :)

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    1. Dank je Karolien, ik zag jouw wanten ookal voorbij komen, leuk! Jij hebt nu een hele stapel om om te vormen natuurlijk!

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  4. Echt supermooi gedaan! Zo'n unieke en prachtige jurk!

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    1. Dank je Nat! Wij zijn er ook erg blij mee. Hij is mooi van lengte en breedte dus ik denk dat ze hem wel twee zomers aankan, mocht ze er een niet-uitwasbare vlek opmaken, kan ik hem nog altijd weg borduren :)

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  5. het heeft zo iets engelenachtigs meegekregen :)

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    1. Ja he, expres maar een donkere achtergond genomen anders viel mijn witte engel zo weg tegen de muur.

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  6. Heel erg goed gelukt. Mooie pasvorm ook

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    1. De pasvorm zit nu goed en toch kan ze er nog een beetje in groeien.

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  7. Wou wat mooi! Wat een gave jurk, staat je dochter erg goed!mooi gemaakt

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  8. Cool, ik heb hier ook nog ergens zo'n tafelkleed liggen :-)

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  9. O, wat mooi! Geborduurde bloemen op een zomerjurk zijn zo mooi, wat een vondst dat tafelkleed!

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    1. Ja en zelfs met verzendkosten (gekocht via marktplaats) nog een stuk goedkoper dan een designer lapje.

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  10. Wat en schattig jurkje! Super gedaan!

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  11. Knap gemaakt. Ze straalt echt in haar nieuwe jurk. Daar doen we het voor he :-)

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    1. Inderdaad Yabelle, daar doen we het voor!

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  12. Very beautiful! We recently used a lace tablecloth and made a very beautiful top, so we know how rewarding it is. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks Skirt Fixation, and another advantage of such upcycle is that you do not have to fear shrinking in the washing machine!

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