Sunday, May 2, 2010

The birth of the scarf tee

Here is the story of the birth of the scarf tee.
I've mentioned here that I have quite a large collection of vintage scarves. Well there was this gorgeous one I wanted to use for some of my sewing projects but didn't want to cut it out but use it as a whole.

On the other hand last summer I bought this tee

on a clearance purposefully with an idea to refashion it - because I am not a person that wears this kind of tops. I am pretty much broad -shouldered and I hate emphasizing the fact even more- I am sure people get the picture as it is.

However until yesterday I didn't have the slightest notion that these two were up for a match.
The children, due to the fresh air and long hiking (refer to my last post) went to bed early, the father of my children was deeply involved with an action movie on TV and that left me free to enjoy a little sewing after long abstinence.

So I made zillion things in front of the mirror and this is what I came up with.

I cut off the upper part of the top and left this piece aside for later.
Then I folded the scarf twice and marked it for cutting for the opening of the head.
I did this twice because I didn't want a big neckline just gaping, so it is a good idea to try it a couple of times until you are satisfied with the opening.



This is what I got.


Next I shirred the edge of the scarf. Since the scarf was almost twice wider than the left over piece of the top, I thought this would be a good way to narrow it a bit.


Then I joined the two pieces. I sewed them together right above the elastic all the way round.


In the end I used the cut-off straps to finish the neckline.

My new scarftee.

Rear view.

This was so easy I know I'll be making another one!

23 comments:

Aadoria said...

That is so cute and well done!

Jodi said...

Such beautiful colours.

This is a really great idea! I have a beautiful scarf that I think now wants to be turned into a top like this.

Little Treasures said...

Thank you ladies! I would love to see how yours turn out!

Papgena Made It said...

Very clever!
I really liked it!!!

Emer said...

I love this I think i will try it too. The shape suits you.

Ravenhill said...

fabulous idea and it turned out so stunning!!!

casserole said...

Your shirt is FABULOUS!! I'm loving the loose top gathered to the fitted waist!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-cool-top-from-a-scarf-and-a-t-shirt/2010/05/12/

--Anne

Raelynn said...

So dang cute....I want one....I'll need to get out and find some great scarfs for this...thanks for sharing!

Zarinaia said...

Thank you for this great tut!! I linked to your tutorial on my blog.
Eleonora, an Italian girl in Sweden

Crafty Debbee: Deb's Divine Doings said...

Oh soo cute...I might just have to make one too. Thanks for the tutorial.

Cooking From The Heart said...

I love it! Could you post a better tutorial of it??? I would love to make one...thanks!!!!

Leeya Engel said...

Love it!!

littlebird said...

you make that look so easy, i'll bet i get it wrong though! : )

Anonymous said...

I bet it hurt to cut into that beautiful scarf but end was worth it. Good job

Brookelynn said...

This is a great tutorial! I am very inspired to make my own! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Il semble que vous soyez un expert dans ce domaine, vos remarques sont tres interessantes, merci.

- Daniel

Little Treasures said...

Merci pour le beau commentaire Daniel

Lynnea B said...

hmmm...I have a scarf and I have t shirts...may need to make this today!

Reds Creations said...

OMG, LOVE this! And I have 2 scarves I don't wear but just cannot bring myself to throw away that would be perfect for this! Thank you!

gene said...

Totally Genius!! I will be trying this with a dropped waistline since I don't have your beautiful shape. Many thx for posting!!

Disco Dotty said...

This rocks, thanks for sharing...heading over to my bureau right now. blessings.

Tammy Sachs said...

This is so cute! But you lost me at the part about shirring she neckline, could you explain how to do that? Thanks!

Little Treasures said...

@Tammy Sachs: you did not read the explanation right. For the neckline I used the cut off straps. I shirred the lower part of the scarf and attached it to the t-shirt part.