Fashion Scarf How-to
On a recent trip to market, I had a few hours to spend at an upscale mall with many boutiques and higher end department stores. I know long scarves have been the rage for the past 18 months. The designers and manufacturers have continued to supply us with wonderful prints and textures, but the prices have been skyrocketing. I think the least expensive scarf (2 yards long x 15 inches wide) was $39.00 in a chain boutique. I stopped looking when I saw one that I thought was very pretty at $48.00, but in fact it was $148.00. Old eyes! This is when the old sewing motto applies, "I can make that!"
When I first saw the scarves on the market a few seasons ago, they were sewn with a weighted rolled hem on all four sides. These scarves were not easy to make because the tiny hems were turned on the corners and very often were hard to start stitching under the presser foot. The corners would get caught and be 'eaten' by the throat plate.
It appears the manufacturers also saw this and have started using the weighted rolled hem on the two long sides and fringed the two short ends about 1 inch. Some scarves that I saw had all four sides fringed about 1/2 inch. A 'no sew' project for your non sewing friends!
I showed the weighted rolled hem in my blog post, Weight a Narrow Hem with Thread. The fabrics I have been seeing are loosely woven and soft so they scrunch easily. Rayon batiks, cotton gauze, even cotton cheese cloth, that you can have fun dyeing, would all work well. Moving into the fall and winter months, wool challis would be beautiful.
The scarf length starts outs about 16 inches wide by 2 yards long. Fringe the 1 inch at both ends first. Then sew the weighted rolled hem on each long side, starting and stopping at the beginning of the fringe.
To get a long crinkled effect the fabric was misted with water and twisted until it turned on itself and then left to dry. If it is too crinkled once unwrapped for the look you want, the scarf can be stretched out (but still scrunched up lengthwise) and a steam iron hovering over the length would relax the scarf a bit.
Tie the scarf
We all know the scarf folded in half lengthwise and draped around the neck with both ends passing through the loop. A friend showed me this beautiful flat 'braid' that keeps the scarf in place and is less bulky around the neck area. She first saw this technique in Tuscany.
2. Slip just one end through the loop, position the end the way you would like to see it when completed.
3. Twist the loop a half turn and slip the other scarf end through the loop. Arrange the second scarf end, at the loop to form folds and position the knot at center front. Keep the fabric around your neck loose forming a soft cowl.
The scarf shown is 100% cotton cheese cloth (often found in the food canning isle of the grocery store) The fabric has been tie dyed using small rubber bands to form the pattern and the whole length dipped in Rit Dye till the desired color pulled out and left to dry. The tie dye was done after the short ends were fringed and the long ends sewn. While still damp, the scarf was twisted to scrunch and crinkle the fabric.