Hey, it’s the 10th day of Me Made May 2017 and I just can’t seem to pull it together enough to do pictures today. You know – life happens! So, instead you get a blog post about what I would have worn if I could have worn my Me Made May Day 10 make. Good enough?
My hubby works for a national clothing retailer who used to have regular employee sales with amazing deals on their sample clothing. The scarf bin was always a favorite of mine and I may have bought a few too many over the years that they held the sales. I mean, it would have been irresponsible to pass up gorgeous scarves for $2 each, right?
One of the shawl size scarves I really, really loved was made from an almost gauze type fabric in a hand-dyed ombre style print. It was beautiful, inexpensive and begging to come home with me, so it did. But, it was really long, 16″ wide and I just never found quite the right way to wear it despite it’s gorgeousness.
So, last year, I got bold – laid it out on the cutting table and transformed it into a vest. And, the scarf and I are both much happier now!
I started with an OOP Marcy Tilton vest pattern (V8088), but I only followed the neckline and armhole. That was well worth it as I’m not comfortable just winging it in those areas. I’m sure you could find a similar vest pattern if you want to try. upcycling a scarf of your own. I loosely used the hemline, cutting it with an eye to making the best use of the existing scarf hems.
Because I wanted to preserve the glorious fringe of the scarf, I cut the front very carefully. This left a lovely fringe at the bottom of the front sides. The original side hems of the scarf became the center fronts of the vest.
The center of the scarf, printed with the most ombre, became the back of the vest. I turned the scarf sideways for this part and used the original hem as the back bottom hem. The fabric is a very loose weave and tends to crinkle and roll at the back – so, I just let it. The result is . . . no hems were stitched in the making of this vest!
This is an enjoyable vest to wear, usually with jeans and a tee, and it often draws attention. When I explain that it began its life as a scarf, there are oohs and aahs and I kind of love that. It was a fun make, a nice creative challenge and I love wearing it. And, that puts it on the ‘winner’ list of clothing I’ve sewn!