I have a thing about tablecloths. Linen tablecloths, especially. I have turned them into shirts for years. My favourite was a shirt made from two cloths in the same design (jugs and glasses with lemon slices) in two different sizes and colours. I loved it so much I wore it into shreds. Right now I have a plain white shirt made from a damask tablecloth with a chrysanthemum design on it, and a sleeveless shirt (tank?) made from a ‘Beautiful Western Australia’ tablecloth which is so well worn and washed now that it is disintegrating and it is getting harder to figure out what the landmarks and floral emblems on it are (and the pictures are really tough to work out).
Just the same, this is the top I want to wear when it is reeeally hot. And it had been 44C here at the time of writing. This time I chose a linen tablecloth from the stash (with just a few holes!) and settled on worn out cotton kimono interfacing.
I have never loved interfacing, and now that I have worked my way down through the stuff I have inherited making bags, I have very little left. I’m waiting to see if I can resist buying it and use natural fibres instead, which must have been what people did in the past, where they interfaced at all. This is a low drama experiment.
I like it! This is New Look 6666, no doubt long discontinued. Now I have checked the envelope, I see the shop it was purchased from closed years ago, and there is a good chance that I bought it second hand in any case.
It’s simple to sew and has a nicely faced finish that makes it very comfortable. I have adjusted it slightly to make the neckline less wide. So, hopefully, here is my new very hot day favourite shirt.