Thursday, 11 November 2010

Marian Martin 8237: TICK!

Here's the tablecloth dress, all complete!


It's a Marian Martin Pattern (here's several others, the drawings are all very curvy and darling):

It didn't say the size anywhere (that I could see) until I cut out all the pattern pieces and noticed a '36' printed on the skirt pattern piece. So you'll see I'm pulling in the dress a little in the photos above as it's sadly not my size!

Fabric: an old tablecloth of light linen/cotton, from the Op Shop, and white wide ribbed lining material, also from the Op Shop
Pattern: Marian Martin 8237 (from Amanda's Collection)
Notions: Vintage thread, vintage cream zipper
Time to complete: 6 hours (handstitching the lining takes ages!)
Year: not sure! Some websites are saying Marian Martin is from the 1950s
First worn: Just for the photos
Wear again? Not my size!
Total Cost:  Maybe $6... as sometimes tablecloths are around $4 (not as cheap as loose fabric) so with the lining fabric and the zipper, around $6 in total.


  1. I love it. I love the way you've used the print in the tablecoth. Well done.:)
    I am totally with you on the handstitching. It just seems to go on forever sometimes.

  2. This is just beautiful! You look amazing! wrt not being your size (and what a pity) how would a wide belt around the middle to cinch it in at the waist work? It's too good not to wear lots and lots. I love the pattern placement, you've worked it into the skirt and bodice design so beautifully.

  3. That sweetheart neckline must have taken

    ages. I am in awe of your skill. Just started learning again - since the last think I sewed was in home ec when I was 15.

    gorgeous pattern.

  4. ooohhhh wow! I absolutely adore this dress! I love how the pattern is placed on the fabric! Great job!!

  5. Stunning! You never cease to amaze me with all the beautiful things that you make. Another fantastic dress.

  6. I love your dress, the way you took the best out of an old tablecloth is incredible! It looks vintage and stunning!

  7. Absolutely stunning, you've done such a great job Veronica! Well done you!

  8. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I have been thinking about doing something similar for a while now, although probably being conservative and just going for a skirt, but I haven't got off behind and got to op shops for said table cloth. But I love your version and hope you don't mind if I eventually plagerise you

  9. wow veronica this is ahMAZING! i love the care you put into the pattern of the cloth. i'm extremely jealous.

  10. Thanks guys! I have not the patience to alter the dress, so think I'll give it to a friend. Once it's all made up, I can't rewind and backtrack my steps. I wish I could... but all that handstitching! What a waste!

    Thank you so much for all your comments, I'm overwhelmed! xoxo

  11. I love your tablecloth dress! The pattern placement is perfect - such a shame you don't get to enjoy the fruits of your labour, but at least your friend will!

  12. How gorgeous! I love the skirt pleats and the way you've made a round table cloth work is amazing! I'm sad it doesn't fit you - I agree though, trying to back track and make it fit after you've finished is way too hard! Such beautiful work - I'm excited to make them too!

  13. So lovely! You made such great use of the print on that tablecloth, I would never have invisaged such a clever pattern layout you're a genius! Shame it doesn't fit you, you deserve a pretty dress after all that hard work! Hope your next creation is somethng that you can keep xxx

  14. Wow, that is just gorgeous! I love how you used the pattern of the tablecloth, it's stunning!


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