Ann swiftly sews several spring silk scarves sitting at the serger as snow softly settles on the sidewalk.
Try saying that 3 times!
One of my New Year's resolutions was to wear more neutrals, adding color with scarves. So, this weekend, while the snow was falling beautifully from my window, I dreamed of Spring and sewed a few warm-weather silk scarves. I had purchased all of these silk chiffons from FabricMart.
To say that I sewed them is really quite an exaggeration. What I did was cut the fabric in half, and then serged around the edges using the "rolled edging" setting on my serger.
I have tried using just one yard of fabric, cutting it in half and joining the two halves with a french seam to get the proper length. I wouldn't recommend it. The seam really gets in the way, and just isn't worth it.
If you wait for a sale at FabricMart, you can often get silk chiffon for about $8/yd. So, if you purchase two yards, and it makes two scarves, that's just $8 per scarf. You can buy cheaper scarves in the stores, but they will likely by polyester or rayon. A real silk scarf can cost well over $100, and designer scarves up to $400!
I have a Babylock Imagine serger, and to change to the rolled edging setting just involves removing the left needle, and adjusting a few knobs. I know that other sergers sometimes require a plate change. If you don't have a serger, I would recommend doing a Baby Hem with your regular sewing machine. I blogged about how to do that in this post.
I like this You Tube video on tying scarves just to mix it up!
I also made one infinity scarf from a mesh knit. I really like mesh knits for this purpose, and they are much cheaper and more practical than silk scarves, especially if you have children. They do snag easily, so keep your cats and rings away from them. And they don't have the "loft" of chiffon- laying flatter against your body.
To make an infinity scarf, you need 1/2 yard of a knit fabric that is at least 60" wide. To complete: sew long sides together, turn
right side out, twist twice, then sew short ends together. So
And lastly, my 21 year old daughter went to India in January, and she brought me a silk scarf from there. If I tie it correctly, it looks like two fish kissing.
So, that's one thing checked off of my New Year's goals! Yay!
How about you- do you like to wear scarves? Do you sew your own?