Vintage Vera Tablecloth to Kentucky Derby Dress

Kentucky Derby Dress

And They’re Off…..

I finished my Kentucky Derby Party Dress just in time to hop in the car and head to  Portland.

To make the dress, I used this Vintage Vera Tablecloth I found at my thrift store last year. The poppies and tulips were perfect.

Kentucky Derby Dress

Vera Neumann was an American artist who built an empire in the fifties, sixties and seventies putting her colorful graphic designs on linens and scarves. Her work was even loved by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon. There are many sites out there dedicated to this talented woman but here is a good link if you’d like to learn more about her work.

Kentucky Derby Dress

The dress was a challenge. I used the top of this Sewaholic pattern and for the bottom I used my custom skirt pattern from Craftovision.

Kentucky Derby Dress

It was the first time I made a muslin. But thank goodness I did. I made the adjustments on the muslin, then took it apart and used the muslin for my pattern. There are a few more adjustments to do if I make it again, but it was pretty close to fitting perfectly.

Kentucky Derby Dress From a Vintage Vera Tablecloth

Kentucky Derby Party Dress From a Vintage Vera Tablecloth

We stayed with Linda’s beautiful sister, Susan. Here she is in her backyard all ready to go to the Derby in her ten dollar Goodwill dress. She is a girl after my own heart!

Kentucky Derby Party

We arrived at the Rialto and were surrounded by beautiful women and their incredible hats.

Kentucky Derby Party

Love this Fascinator with the artificial turf and the horse. So clever!

Kentucky Derby Party

The horseshoe on Carrie’s hat is from Portland Meadows Racetrack.

Kentucky Derby Party

The day would not have been complete without a tasty Mint Julep. Kentucky Derby Party

Kentucky Derby Party

Here’s our new friend Alicia in her amazing hat!

Kentucky Derby Party

 Kentucky Derby Party

Kentucky Derby Party

Kentucky Derby Party

Here’s the winner of the hat contest, Kimberly! So cute!Kentucky Derby Party

And here’s my friend, Linda, the winner of some money!

Kentucky Derby Party

Even though I didn’t bet on the right horse and didn’t win any money, I still feel like a big winner. It was an incredibly fun day and I can’t wait til next year’s derby!

Kentucky Derby Party

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86 Responses to Vintage Vera Tablecloth to Kentucky Derby Dress

  1. Barb says:

    Oh, how great to see the festivities and your dress is fabulous! Bravo, bravo!

    • Oh, Barb, I’ve been hearing for years how much fun this party has been and I finally got to go this year. It was everything I expected and MORE! So much fun, I can’t wait until next year. I want to start planning my dress and hat today!

  2. Pat says:

    Your dress was/ is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  3. Jan says:

    The dress looks absolutely beautiful on you! Sure looks like FUN!!

  4. Love the dress you clever thing. Being a native of KY and student in Louisville, I appreciate all things Derby. How fun!

  5. peggy says:

    lovely dress…what a great idea to use a tablecloth….the hats very awesome…thanks for sharing

  6. Mother Deer says:

    You did a beautiful job on the dress! Very flattering both in color and style. Another winner in your collection of triumphs 🙂

  7. eviv says:

    excellent work,as always,congratulations,thanks for sharing

  8. You look amazing in that dress, Beth. I love it. I also loved seeing all the beautiful women at the Derby and their fun and clever hats. We went to the Virginia Gold Cup. Not the Derby but still a big event for horse lovers. And the weather was beautiful.

    • Thank you! There were so many beautiful women and their amazing hats. I could’ve spent the entire time taking pictures. (Oh yes, there were men there, too) How fun for you to go to the Virginia Gold Cup. Although, in Kentucky yesterday, it was raining, I think I was glad to be inside The Rialto instead of outside at the actual derby. The excitement at the party was absolutely electrifying! Everyone was having so much fun!
      Have a great week!

  9. redesigned says:

    Great job on the dress! Very lovely. ~M.

  10. craftysorcha says:

    Wow, gorgeous dress, I never would have thought a tablecloth could be transformed into something so nice! Really fits you well.
    Also, thanks for teaching us about Vera Neumann, that’s my “you learn something new everyday” done for today! 🙂
    Loving the hats too!

  11. Linda Yosso says:

    Great job and So Pretty.

  12. Char says:

    Oh my word Beth this is awesome. Love love love your dress. I don’t know how you can picture that dress when you picked out the fabric. But is sooooo works.

  13. Deann Campbell says:

    Your dress is so pretty! Looks like a great time was had by all attending. Love the hats~ Thanks for sharing this day with us!!!

  14. What a FUN post! And you look drop-dead gorgeous in your dress, Beth!!! 🙂

  15. vjstracener says:

    I need to try standard pattern sewing. Thus far everything I make is from patterns that I have made.

  16. Cara says:

    You’re such a beauty, Beth!

  17. Cute dress Beth! It looked like you had so much fun. I know absolutely nothing about the Kentucky Derby. Thanks for the intro.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Great dress! Even my husband said it was awesome!!!! What a talent!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Your dress turned out fabulous

  20. Your dress is stunning!
    Looks fantastic on you, especially with the straight skirt.
    I would buy that dress in a heartbeat. 🙂

  21. Jo H. says:

    Your dress looks SO nice – I love the shoulders/straps – very flattering! And it fits perfectly – you say there are changes you’d make, but I’m just not seeing them 🙂 Sounds like such a fun time!

  22. Your dress is amazing! The colours and style suit you so well.
    And all of those hats are crazy, but fantastic! Looks like you had a great time xxx

  23. Nikitaland says:

    I finally got to my email messages and I am so excited to finally see your Derby dress! What a stunner, both the dress & you! Absolutely beautiful! Still can’t believe it was a tablecloth. That’s amazing! One thing though, what is the history behind all the outrageous hats at the Derby?

  24. Your dress is gorgeous! I love the silhouette and fabric. You are an amazing seamstress. Thanks for sharing all of the fun hats. I missed this years event so it was glad to see yours.

  25. Leilani says:

    You done did a FABULOUS job!!! LOVE that dress shape–looks like one that would look good on my wonky figure. Will look for a pattern…and maybe a sheet!

  26. Wonderful dress and a fantastic day, such glamour!

  27. missmarys says:

    I just love the dress. The fit is amazing. And the FABRIC, you did well in finding the fabric too.

  28. WOW – Beautiful dress! Did you manage to use the part of the tablecloth with the signature?

  29. ooobop! says:

    Beautiful dress. Gorgeous fabric. Amazing fit. You look fantastic! Love seeing all those lovely ladies in hats too! x

  30. leovlad says:

    What fun! You did a great job on the dress – if you hadn’t said the fabric was ‘re-purposed’ I’m sure sewers would be out looking for the pattern right now! Kudos!

  31. Cul de Sac says:

    what an incredible seamstress!!! you look gorgeous in your dress!! loved all the incredible hats 🙂

  32. Candy says:

    You are a magician! Love, love, love the dress. Its makin me consider sewing for myself. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  33. rosyragpatch says:

    Lovely dress! And I enjoyed the array of elegant outfits too.

  34. Jennie says:

    how fun! and the dress is fabulous!!

  35. I think you could rock Project Runway!

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