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Date: 2/14/12 5:44 PM

One of the ladies that I chat with regularly at the gym is about to celebrate her 70th birthday. Part of the celebration includes a sunny destination family cruise. She's quite stylish and pretty well put together as Hayley Mills put it to the potential step mom in Parent Trap.

I had in mind making her a silk chiffon scarf with hand rolled edges. Any suggestions on size? The large scarf on the Hermes site is 56 inches square. I would imagine her to be about a size 10 and average height. She is pretty modest when she comes to the gym. I didn't know if the 56 sq in scarf would swallow her or if she would appreciate having it around the hips or tied around the bust when she goes to the pool. Or for just a little bit of something on her shoulders in the evening.

Thanks for any comments or suggestions.

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Date: 2/14/12 6:19 PM

I prefer a rectangular scarf... about 60" long, and for a very light weight silk, about 18-22" wide. That way she can scrunch it up and use it as a long scarf, or spread it out & use it as a small shawl. If using charmeuse, maybe 12-15" wide. HTH.

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Date: 2/14/12 9:39 PM

I work for a company that makes hand dyed silk scarves. Our most popular scarves are 8mm silk habotai, 45" square or 15x60. We also sell silk chiffon scarves 8mm. With silk chiffon the larger the better. We sell alot 2 yds by 36 wide. The fabric is so sheer that it looks better with more fabric than less. It's more fragile than the habotai, and is prone to snags. If you're looking to use the scarf for a swimsuit wrap or shawl, 8mm habotai, lightweight crepe and charmeuse, are better choices.

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Date: 2/16/12 1:31 AM

I love crinkle silk chiffon, 22"-30" and 72"-80". It compresses down and can be twisted or left open and used as a wrap. Very versatile!
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In reply to a7yrstitch

Date: 2/16/12 11:29 AM

Thanks ladies. I ordered the fabric which is a good thing as it didn't even last two days. After reading your comments and thinking about it, I got enough for the big square and the little bit extra it would take for the long rectangle. The print is a perfect match for her blue eyes so I'm confidant that she'll enjoy them both.

I love silk chiffon and am always amazed at how it packs to nothing and, yet, offers so much in expanding a little travel wardrobe.

The other gift project I'm working on right now is a stylish but lightweight little back pack for one of my other friends that has turned into a globe trekker. She and I talked about this one. I'm making it out of tyvek to save on weight in her baggage for her next three week long overseas trip. She'll use it for sunglasses, maps, water bottles, etc and keep her valuables in her regular bag. We're both excited about her test trial to see how well it will function for her.
View B perfectly suits her personality.

Thanks again for your help.

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Date: 2/16/12 6:27 PM

Ooh that backpack is so cute and stylish. Would love one myself. Let us know how the interior is constructed...pockets or whatever. Are we going to see pictures of scarves and backpack?
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In reply to Rosews13

Date: 2/16/12 7:13 PM

It's on the agenda for the visiting son to show me how to get pictures online.

Thanks for asking about the interior construction - made me think of an idea to reinforce the corners without adding any appreciable weight.

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