It’s fun to sew with scarves because the fabrics, colors, and patterns are gorgeous.
Another advantage—scarves are already finished at the edges! Here’s a fast way to turn two chiffon scarves into a sleeveless top with a bubble-look hem.
This top is a forgiving one-size-fits-most. The suggested scarf size yields a top that’s about 20 inches from neck to waist and 83 inches in circumference. It’s more or less sheer, depending on the selected scarves, but you can wear it over a shell or other shirt.
The finished top is two layers and reversible (inside and out as well as front to back). The neckline ruffled effect is formed by a drawstring, so you can adjust the neck diameter for different looks.
- Two 42-inch square silk chiffon scarves
- 1 yard 1⁄8-inch heavyweight rattail or satin cord
- 70/10 sewing machine needle for lightweight woven fabrics
- Bodkin or small safety pin
- Sewing machine
- Silk pins
Connect the scarves
The two scarves are joined with short side seams. When the sewn-together scarves are folded in half, parallel edges meet at the neckline and the fold becomes a hem.
1 Press the scarves. Select and mark neckline edges on each scarf. Place one scarf over the other, with right sides together and neckline edges aligned. Pin around the edges.
2 Mark the side seams’ length. On the edges perpendicular to the neckline edges, make a mark 10 inches from each corner. The side seams are sewn between the marks.
3 Sew a side seam. Starting at a mark, back-tack perpendicular to and through the scarves’ rolled edges. With the needle down and 1⁄4 inch from the scarves’ edges, pivot the work and sew to the seam’s end mark. Pivot at the mark, and back-tack…
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