Turning a silk scarf into some new wardrobe pieces


I recently found some silk scarf panels of fabric at my local swap meet (my favorite place to find cheap fabric!) and decided to see what I could make with them.

From the circular design in the center of the scarf, I was able to make 2 half-circle skirts. I added a waistband and 2 rectangular strips to one to create a halter dress. (My vintage brunette bubble cut models this one.)

The second half of the circle I folded over at the top to make an elastic casing, then made a seam at the center back. (I supplemented this outfit with a navy t-shirt knit bodysuit - also made from cheap swap meet fabric!) The 2 corners cut from the panel I used as the front and back of a tunic, with a pair of knit leggings to round out her outfit. (These are pictured on the 2 Fashion Royalty dolls.)


I've pictured the panel after I cut out enough for these 3 outfits. As you can see, there's still enough left over for several more outfits; maybe even a few throw pillows for their sofa.

The next time you find a beautiful scarf at a vintage store or even in your closet, imagine what it could become with a little draping and stitching. (Okay, plus a little patience, too. Let's face it, patience is needed when sewing with silk!) And if the edges are already hemmed, you can save yourself a step by using those edges.

(And now for my shameless plug...) For more detailed photos of each, please check out the links below for the listings in My Etsy Shop:
Halter Dress
Skirt & Bodysuit
Tunic & Leggings