Saturday, 26 March 2016

Vintage Scarf Refashion #1 - Vintage Scarf Top Tutorial


vintage scarf top tutorial by karen vallerius

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Take one vintage satin scarf approx. 24" or 60cm square and with some clever cutting and stitching you can make this lovely bias cut summer top (to fit approx. UK size 12, bust 35")

I experimented to work out the design of this cute top but am happy to share - please link back to my blog if you re-post or make - thank you

Fold your square scarf into 4, press to mark the lines, then cut out 1 x  1/4 corner square and 2 side triangles as shown in photo below:

vintage scarf top tutorial by karen vallerius

The large chevron shaped piece will form the back; the 1/4 corner square & 2 side triangles will form the front

Serge or overlock the cut seams of the 1/4 corner square and the upper edge of the chevron

vintage scarf top tutorial by karen vallerius

Take the 2 side triangles and using your normal sewing machine, stitch them onto the serged edges of the 1/4 corner square so that their original borders are on the outside of what will become the front of the top

vintage scarf top tutorial by karen vallerius

Now serge the side seams of both front & back pieces to neaten what will become the armholes; also serge the top cut edge of the back chevron piece which will become the back neckline


Right sides together, join front & back pieces down side seams (don't forget to leave armhole openings!) and across shoulder seams

vintage scarf top tutorial by karen vallerius

Top is now finished; I have left the original St Michael label intact as for me this is part of the heritage of the upcycled garment; the back V neckline scoops nicely as the top is bias cut; ... and this lovely top from just one vintage scarf!
vintage scarf top tutorial by karen vallerius
 I trimmed the front with a matching vintage button from my collection x
vintage scarf top tutorial by karen vallerius




vintage scarf top tutorial by karen vallerius



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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Woodland Faerie Dress


woodland faerie dress by karen vallerius

Following on from my previous Frosted Flowers post, I decided that I could experiment with the beading on the corset type belt of a faerie dress ... and here is my first attempt!  The dress had a dark green underdress and onto this I stitched layers of silk & organza which I cut into tattered ribbons.  The corset belt was made from softly wadded & quilted silk which was hand beaded and I made some flowers from vintage textiles & antique lace I had been treasuring.
I thought the dress would be lovely for a woodland themed wedding, and based the styling loosely on romantic ballet costumes.

I am planning more faerie dresses ... the elves and I are busy sewing right now!

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