Recently I thought it would be a cute idea to make a tablecloth, but make it look like a petticoat. I love love love petticoats with ruffles on the bottom so I thought I would take some inspiration from the 18th century and whip one up using fun fabric.
Ruffles are not the way to go by the way -- for me, at least. I don't know... gathering and gathering... and gathering and gathering... it makes me want to pull out my hair! There is just something about ruffles that I can't seem to embrace, though I love the way they look. So I did a little research and decided on pleats rather than gathers, and I am loving this idea even more!
I took inspiration from this painting below: Music Party by Louis Roland Trinquesse, 1774. The lady in white wears a petticoat with a wide, box-pleated ruffle. It has loosely spaced pleats that are sewn down with one row of stitches, unlike the pleated trim on her gown that is sewn down on both sides.
|Music Party by Louis Roland Trinquesse, 1774|
The gown below, from the Kyoto Costume Institute, has a similar hem. You can see it better in the second picture. The hem is also pinked.
|Robe a la Francaise, c.1765|
Kyoto Costume Institute
So here is what I've got so far: I pinked the fabric using a rotary pinking tool I bought from a taxidermy supply of all places, then I secured my pleats with pins, pinned the whole thing to a round circle of fabric, which will become the tablecloth, and started stitching everything together.
By the way, I know you usually only see scalloped pinking within a scalloped border, but I did see this engraving that shows pointy pinking on a scallop did exist... See "A."
|via Fuschia's 18th Century Dress|
It's coming along great. Soon enough I will have a super cute tablecloth for spring time and I will have also practiced my pleating for my next gown that comes along. Yay!