Super Scarf

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So… I’ve had this scarf for a little while. A few months. It’s got a really pretty colour scheme and is shiny without being too shiny. I bought this in Sweden over the summer (in the Red Cross/Röda Korset shop in Arvidsjaur) and if I remember correctly, it was in a sale bin where everything was SEK 5:- (about 50p). Given that it’s marked SEK 25:-, I think I got a good deal. I actually picked up several scarves and doilies from the same bin which have yet to make it to the blog.

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Anyway, it’s polyester, which is fine, because look at the colours! It’s actually quite a big scarf (a metre square, or so) and I’ve been pondering what to do with it for a while. I was going to cut it into a couple of squares and make a basic top, but wasn’t really feeling like that would do it justice.

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In this month’s Love Sewing (Issue 19) there’s a pattern for a refashioned scarf top with the back and sleeves made out of jersey – perfect for my scarf as I thought I could add that little something extra!

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I cut the size 4 based on my measurements, and I lengthened it a good 10cm based on measuring the paper pattern. For the back, I used scraps of sweatshirt fabric that I had lying around, and for the sleeves and neck band I used some offcuts of white scuba jersey, which again was lying around left over from another project.

I didn’t take many (any!) construction pictures because to be honest, it was very straightforward to put together, and the steps are fully photographed in the magazine. I whipped it up in no time on the overlocker. The only bit I’m not completely happy with is the neckline. The reason is that you have to stretch it when sewing it to the neckline to get it to lie flat , but that causes the front neckline to gather a bit when it’s unstretched and you’re wearing it. I could have stretched it less at the front neck and had it not lie flat I suppose, but I’m not sure that would have looked better. I suspect there will always be some imperfections when sewing woven fabrics to knits, especially in this case when the knit bit has to be stretched, and it hasn’t stopped me from wearing the top.

I finished the hem and sleeve hems with a twin needle stitch on my regular machine in white thread. I decided to try twin needling the neckband seam allowance to the scarf section/back section and it has done a reasonable job of flattening out the neckline area, though it’s not perfect.

To make up for the lack of construction pictures, here is a rather gratuitous amount of pictures of it on, taken on a day out to Leeds Castle in Kent. If you haven’t been there, it’s pretty special and well worth a visit. The entry ticket is actually a year’s pass, so don’t be surprised if you see more Leeds Castle pictures from me sometime soon :)

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The length is still not really long enough (despite already lengthening it 10cm), it still barely meets my jeans so I could have done with another 3-4cm. Note that the fit is nothing like the top shown on the model in the magazine – this is a very short, boxy, snug top – but personally I think it is more fashion forward this way.

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Another view of the castle.

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The sweatshirt fabric I used on the back is a houndstooth cloqué (can you get cloqué sweatshirt?!! – it means ‘blistered’) and because I was working with scraps, there’s a seam up the back (that isn’t in the pattern).

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I just love the colours.

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Love Sewing 19 is only available until 5th of November in the shops but I think you can still get it online, which you should definitely do because it’s a great issue (and I’m not just saying that because there’s an article by yours truly in it). I’ve also cut the Marilla Walker sailor top so will be making at least two projects from this one.

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42 comments

  1. vintage51

    Your version is so beautiful. I did a similar refashion with a silk scarf using the back of a thrifted top. I hope you will check out the pictures on my blog http://www.vintagethrifter51.com. I love the colours of your scarf, beautifully done refashion. I love your projects. Thank you. Michele

  2. Fadanista

    What a gorgeous top. As a scarf refashioning fan (who wears scarves like this?) I think that yours is perfect. The backdrop is pretty special too!

  3. Cheryl

    I love reading your blog because you are so talented and creative. The scarf idea was awesome!!!! And looks great :)

    • charityshopchic

      Thank you so much! I think you can get back issues on the magazine website if it’s too late to get it in the shops. Do be careful of the length if you make this yourself – I added 10cm to mine and it was still a bit short.

  4. Kasia

    O wow, that is super cool! Would do sth similar, but unfortunately my machine is not good to sew on elastic fabric.

    • charityshopchic

      Thanks Kasia. Be sure to sew stretchy fabrics with a zig zag stitch. If jersey gets eaten by the machine, sweatshirting or scuba are a bit more stable and might be easier. Good luck!

  5. Helena A.

    Hi!
    I love this refashion! The shirt is beautiful in the front and in the back! Who knew?
    Kisses from Portugal!

    • charityshopchic

      Yep, it’s tricky. It helps that you’re sewing it to a thicker fabric – I used sweatshirting for the back and scuba for the arms – less chance it will get ‘eaten’ by the machine. I find it helps to keep a little tension on the fabric as you sew. Or in extreme cases, sew it between layers of tissue and then rip the tissue away. Hope that helps.

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