Lace Tablecloth Dress

This started out as a ripped tablecloth that I bought from the thrift store in San Fran for three dollars. I made a few snips, sewed a couple seams, and bam! Half an hour later I had my own angelic hippy dress. It’s super easy to make, and in just a few short minutes you too can bring out your inner moon princess and prance around in the grass wearing a dirty old table cloth!

How to sew a lace dress from an old tablecloth


First, find a big piece of lace. Old curtains will work too – choose something your grandmother would like. Then fold it in half like so…

Fold the piece of lace in half



Next, cut a triangle shaped wedge out from each side to shape the sleeves and the waist, then make a slit at the top to form a neck-hole. In order to have a nice, flowing drape, make sure you leave the hem of the dress and the sleeves very wide, making use of the finished edges of the cloth, so you don’t have to do any hemming yourself.

cut neckline and shape waist


Now, a disclaimer: I’m sure that there are much more professional ways to sew lace, but this method seemed to work for me. If any good seamstresses have tips on how to sew lace properly, please feel free to leave a comment. It’ll be helpful to all of us! But here’s what I did. I used my serger and sewed the side seams from the underarm to the bottom hem (I’ve also read that you could do it with a zig zag stitch if you don’t have a serger. Then I sewed the sleeves, starting from the underarm, and sewing out to the sleeve hem. I finished the neckline by rolling it under one quarter inch, and top-stitching using a straight stitch on my sewing machine. It turned out pretty well, but I’m not sure how long it’s going hold up for :P

Anyways, that’s all there is to it. Your boho dress is done. Go drop some acid and make yourself a flower headband.

Add a belt for more shape

Add a little belt for more shape

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