Remix: Set the table

  Top: Tirelli

Skirt: DIY Remix

Belt: Modcloth

Shoes: Gorman

Been a while since I did a remix, huh? This is actually a bit of a remix, and bit of a DIY: it’s an old embroidered tablecloth that I’ve re-purposed into skirt.

I found this big circular tablecloth at a trash and treasure market, and really loved the embroidery and scalloped hem. The cotton has that lovely softness that you get with fabrics that have been well-used and, the colour is a pretty apricot-tinged blush.

I thought it would be an easy project, and it really is!

To start with, you have to figure out where to cut the hole for your waist. The easiest way to do this is to measure the diameter of your waist (plus maybe an inch for seams) then divide that number by 6.28 (because, math).

Now fold the tablecloth into quarters and measure that number from the point at the top of the pie piece (I used a bit of string at that length to mark where to cut).

Once you’ve cut the hole for your waist you should cut a line up the back – this is where you’ll insert your zipper.

Next, you want to find some fabric that more or less matches the colour of the tablecloth so that you can make a waistband. Cut a long strip about three inches wide, and about an inch longer than your waist measurement.

Apply some interfacing, then fold one long edge up and stitch it into place.

Right sides together, pin the waistband to the waist of the skirt – with the raw edge matching up to the fabric of the skirt – and stitch.

Now insert the zipper, and stitch close the back seam.

I haven’t included instructions for this step, since – to be honest – every time I insert a zipper it feels a bit like I’m making it up as I go along. Are there different rules for different kinds of zippers? I’m pretty sure they are. Insert the zipper according to the instructions on the packet, I guess.

Once your zipper is in, press the raw edge of the skirt waist up into towards the waistband, and fold the finished edge of the waistband over it. Pin it in place, and give it another press, just to make sure you’ve got a nice clean edge. Does this photo show that? Who knows? It was very late by this point.

Flip the skirt right side out and sew a line just a smidge over the seam. This should capture the raw edge between the two sides of the folded waistband (I hope this makes sense!)

E voila!

One tablecloth skirt!


Tee: Joanie Clothing

Skirt: Eshakti

Shoes: Seychelles

I like brunch.

The Mister and I managed to find our dream apartment in the heartland of Melbourne’s brunch mecca, and we’ve been taking full advantage of all of the local cafes since we arrived.

I’ve been seeing Joanie Clothing on my Instagram feed for a couple of years ago. They do the kinds of fabulous retro-style dresses and colourful novelty prints that would have been  irresistible to me a couple of years ago, but it’s this Every Day Brunch Club tee that finally had me giving the label a whirl.

According to Joanie Clothing‘s About Us page, they imagine their customer to be “quietly confident, witty and full of wonder – with an infectious fervour for life’s little pleasures. She wears her heart on her sleeve, is loyal to the end and prides herself on being a great friend.” She’s also anything from a size 8 to a size 26, and the brand’s social media actually backs this up – they use models of all sizes in their campaigns, and on most of their product pages.

I ordered both this and a fabulous sweater that you’ll see as soon as the weather starts to cool. (Their slogan jumpers? Looooovve.) and they both fit perfectly, were good quality, arrived quickly, and were nicely packaged. Shipping was a not-too-prohibitive £9.

This past weekend (for brunch, naturally) I teamed the tee with a denim skirt that was part of my last eShakti order.

I’m not sure if I can express quite how much I’m loving being able to order from eShakti. The store’s new-and-improved order period (my last order took ten days to arrive! For three custom-sized items!)  and their regular discount and special offers has meant that my wardrobe is growing in leaps and bounds. This denim skirt fits like a dream, and the fabric’s better quality than I’d expected. It’s very stretchy, but doesn’t pull across my hips and tummy as I usually find pencil skirts do.

I recently took the plunge on a jumpsuit and a fancy new party dress that you might have caught in my Instagram stories (along with some majorly goofy facial expressions), and I’m keen to try their trousers next.