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|Self Drafted Pattern: 17498-1004 (Evening wrap scarf) - Type:Accessories|
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|Posted on:||7/15/13 7:40 AM |
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|Fabric:||Silk Chiffon [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This project is a wrap scarf based on Claire Schaeffer's "Evening Wrap" described in her book "High Fashion Sewing Secrets". It basically is a rectangular scarf, split partially lengthwise down the middle. The split part allows you to wrap the scarf around your neck and shoulders.|
Pattern Sizing:NA. Claire used a narrower and longer scarf, 44 x 72 inches. Mine is shorter at 50 inches but wider at 54 inches.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?NA
Were the instructions easy to follow? You machine stitch around the perimeter of the scarf and then stitch a 1/8-1/4 inch double row up the middle of one side, halfway through the length (this will be the split). Then you trim the fabric close to the stitching and do a hand-rolled hem.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the idea of scarves but often don't know what to do with them, how to wrap them around my shoulders or neck. This makes the scarf almost like a jacket, easily wearable. A simple concept.
(By the way, I highly recommend the "High Fashion Sewing Secrets" book, a true classic, as a resource. You can get it for $18 on Amazon. It's one of my favorite sewing books.)
I had never done a hand-rolled hem and there were about 300 inches of it in this project, so I got lots of practice. Normally, I would have done a serger rolled hem for something like this but I wanted to try to perfect my hand sewing skills a bit more--plus my last serger hem was a disaster. I like hand-sewing, very relaxing, zen-like. I purchased some brown silk thread for this. The rolling is actually quite easy, just wet your thumb and forefinger and roll from the machine stitching, while slip-stitching with the needle in the other hand. Keep some tension in the fabric. Never having seen a hand-rolled hem, I was unsure about how tightly to do the roll, but just picked something I like the look of. The Colette patterns website has a tutorial http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-how-to-create-a-hand-rolled-hem and there are others on the web. You don't press this hem flat--you want to keep the volume as a little tube. I quite like the look of this and it went faster than I thought. I may do this center split on some RTW scarves I have in my wardrobe.
Fabric Used: A gorgeous silk chiffon, with metallic threads woven through and brown, turquoise, green and purple paisley/animal print pattern. I bought as a remnant in Italy ten years ago. I only could get a little over a yard and haven't figured out what to do with it. This will make a nice wrap to go over a sleeveless dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Just the dimensional changes. Claire's was a bit long for my taste, more formal in that length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I may make other chiffon scarves using the handrolled hem and retro-convert some of my existing scarves.
Conclusion: A split silk chiffon scarf based on Claire Schaeffer's Evening Wrap, a project in her 2001 book, "High Fashion Sewing Secrets" . It has a handrolled hem, a good hand-sewing technique to perfect, and not as hard as you may think.
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