It's incredibly easy to find bordered tablecloths in antique shops and flea markets. The pattern calls for a 42 inch square tablecloth, or even a 36 inch square for a shorter person. I find a cute yellow plaid linen 46 inch square tablecloth and decide that at $5.00 it is quite perfect.
With my instructions printed from my etsy purchase and digital download (who could have imagined any of that in 1934!) I begin my tablecloth apron.
I'm using a fabric marker that disappears with time or when water is sprayed on it and I measure and draw my pattern on the tablecloth. The tablecloth has seen a lot of wonderful meals and has some holes in it, so I try to set my pattern for best use of the good areas.
The main portion of the apron, the ties, and the pocket are cut. I pin everything on the dressform and choose a piece of leftover material that will give me the best pattern for the neck back piece.
Who will notice that hole when it is covered with a pretty daisy?
Historical Sew Monthly
The Challenge: #3 Protection
Material: Linen border print tablecloth
Pattern: eNeedlecrafts on etsy.com
Notions: Thread and daisy trim
How historically accurate is it? Pattern from a vintage sewing magazine
Hours to complete: 3
First worn: Today
Total cost: $5.00 for tablecloth and $3.99 for pattern