Monday, September 1, 2008

The Scarf That Took No Time At All


Red is my favorite color, so this top caught my eye, peeking out of the thrift shop's fifty cent bin. As it turns out, it doesn't fit, but even if it had, it's a little junior department for me. One thing you can't see in the first picture is the cut out on the back. Yep, definitely not something I'd be wearing to the library!



Over on Wardrobe Refashion, I asked for advice to see what others would do with it. A few of the comments suggested changing the sleeves, but if there's anything I can't wear, it's flutter sleeves! One observant commenter pointed out something else that bothered me about the top: the uneven line of the fabric's design right under the seam. I knew there was no way I could live with that, so there went any hope of keeping the bodice intact. Chop chop chop, and I have a rectangle. (And four nice red buttons salvaged from the bodice.)




At this point, I played around with some ideas for adding ribbon straps or incorporating the fabric into another garment somehow, but I finally came to the conclusion that I would never have the occasion to wear such a creation--too much pattern and too much silky polyester. I also feared it would end up looking too crafy or "happy hands at home" as Tim Gunn says. So, I went with what was actually Plan A all along and made a scarf!





One seam, turn it inside out, et voilĂ . (First time I tried to type an accent mark. Is that going to show up?)



7 comments:

Columbia Lily said...

I think this looks absolutely great! Good decision!

Anonymous said...

Nice job! BTW Susan, I love reading your blog. Mags

Darling Petunia said...

Thanks, Lily and Mags! I'm glad I just went for something to wear as an accent. All that red and white polyester was a bit much!

High Maintenance One said...

Great looking scarf - very versatile. Loved the way you tied it in the last pic. How did you do that?
Geri

Darling Petunia said...

Geri, it wasn't anything too complicated. I just tied it in a knot, then tied another half knot on top of it and tucked in the ends!

Gigi said...

Thanks I'll have to try that, maybe it will hide the neck wrinkles .... hahaha

Amy Jo said...

Love that idea. I can't stand something around my neck, but I love scarfs anyway. I have a whole bunch of them. Your blog is very fun to read through! Great creativity!