Monday, 20 October 2014

Refashioned Scarfdress

 Lately I've been swamped with repairs at work and I've had zero time to do any actual garment sewing. It feels like every person from here to Botswana has made a pact for life never to bring their fall/winter clothes to a seamstress to repair that broken zipper or torn seam before they chuck it into their storage space. So then the cold weather comes knocking they all discover that they need it fixed. Like yesterday. You will hear any seamstress who is willing to do repair works bitch about this issue every year. And while repairs do pay well(some months they make over half of my income) it is highly annoying and infuriating.As I've not had the time to photograph my latest makes, I did some digging in my computer and found these pictures. Which I had completely forgot about(I'm telling ya, I have a brain of a goldfish, if it's not sitting in my face, I will forget it)

Let me introduce the Scarfdress. A few months ago I realized that I have more scarves than I actually wear and gave a bunch of them away to friends and family. And two days later I had a brilliant idea what to do with the extra scarves(obviously, cause who has good ideas at the right time, amIrite?) Why not make that pashmina scarf that is taking up space and collecting dust in your closet/dresser/cupboard/wardrobe floor? Well make it into a dress. DOH. For this I folded the scarf in half so that the fringed edges became the hem. Then I marked the shape of the neckline(a simple boat neck) and cut the neckline out.

Next I used a bias binding to finish the neckline. And then I measured how long I wanted my armhole depth to be(I used 21cm depth and I found it quite nice) and sewed down the right side from armhole end to the hem. Then I measured how high I wanted the elastic on the waistband to be and sewed that inside of the dress(I used the method I described(ish) here). And then I sewed together the left side. For the hem, you can leave the fringes on(if there are any). I'm not a fringe kind of person so I cut the fringes off and roll hemmed the bottom. If your scarf doesn't have fringes and has a nice clean finish, you can leave it as it is and admire your good work. The whole thing comes together really fast. In an hour you'll have your very own scarfdress and you are ready to face the day.

Leave it to Mr.Man to not tell me I forgot that I crossed my bra straps for a previous shirt I wore. Oopsies.

I LOOOOOOOOVED this dress during the summer. As it's meant to be a piece you wear around your neck(that has a very sensitive skin) it's very skin friendly and breathable. And at the same time it's warm during the evenings. (Yeeeeeeeeah, science) So I loved it during the very hot weathers during the summer. And it's comfy, and I'm a sucker for comfy clothes that look like I put a lot of effort into wearing but in reality I barely brushed my hair in the morning. #honestfacts

I now see that the dress is slightly see-through. Not enough for the world to see my granny-panties super sexy underwear but enough to see the shape of my legs.
Also. My brother complimented me when I was wearing this. He said I looked good and he thought this dress was a RTW garment. And my brother NEVER compliments me. Unless you count "You look like you eat shit daily" and "What are you doing out of the kitchen" as compliments. If you do, my brother and I have a relationship that is filled with a lot of compliments.


  1. the dress looks perfect for summer! I'll probably steal your idea and make something similar :)

    1. I've actually worn it in the fall with the colder weather as well and it has been quite warm. I guess scarf fabric does that :)