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Date: 2/6/13 9:45 AM

This batik print scarf costs $49 at JJill.com ...

I decided I'd rather perfect my rolled hem techniques. If I was shopping IRL, I could probably find something suitable (it doesn't have to be a batik print by the way). But what should I look for when shopping online?

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Date: 2/6/13 10:08 AM

I guess a better question is what fabric is suitable for scarves?

I know silk will work. What else?

Would this rayon work?

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edited: as I keep looking, Fabric Mart started a Pinterest page for rayon challis inspiration:

Fabric Mart Pinterest Challis Inspiration

Now that's helpful! (It shows Nordstrom with a challis scarf selling for $38.)
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Date: 2/7/13 9:29 AM

Fabric Mart and Thaisilks.com
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Date: 2/7/13 8:18 PM

Mary - a surprising fabric is....cheese cloth.

Lois Cutting has a how-to on the Threads site and about tie-dieing, sewing, and fringing cheese cloth for a scarf, and a neat way to wear it.

And I went to look at some of mine, beautifully silk-screened or printed...cheese cloth.

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Date: 2/7/13 8:29 PM

I've used silk chiffon and crepe de chine that I bought on sale at Fabric Mart. I hand rolled them; it's not hard. But there you can look for rayon challis that can frayed at the edges. Sew a stay line at the depth you want to fray to and that will keep it from going further. You can use cotton gauze too for summer scarves.
You can also make luxurious scarves for winter by using fine cashmere or cashmere blend and lining it with silk charmeuse.
Any fine fabric that drapes well can be used for a scarf. I like thin fabrics that aren't bulky.

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Date: 2/9/13 9:29 PM

Oh cheesecloth! That's it! I treated myself to a lovely scarf last year and have been keeping my eye out for similar fabric and you are right! Cheesecloth would be perfect.....! Best of all it's cheap and local! Thank you!

Also I spent the whole of yesterday in a shibori dyeing workshop so I'm busting out with ideas.

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Date: 2/9/13 10:14 PM

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You can also make luxurious scarves for winter by using fine cashmere or cashmere blend and lining it with silk charmeuse.

Nancy, what is your technique for attaching the charmeuse to the wool? Can you sew one rolled hem with two layers of fabric?

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Date: 2/9/13 10:31 PM

What a great idea!! Carla I think you started something here.

and I love sewing rolled hems by hand ....
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