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The Scarf Dress, page 2

I'm working with the first drape; but want the back seam to be asymmetrical, in part to get a better placement of that poppy on the skirt front. The back seam will be sewn by hand, with a slip-stitch, to retain that purple stripe at the edge of the scarf.

 

 

A cautionary note:  this was a very old, and fragile, scarf; wouldn't do at all for a play-dress, will work OK for a display garment.   Just couldn't resist those colours!

 

We'd be delighted to have pics of your scarf dress to add to the file!

 

 

 

     
     

Use pins or a fabric marker to mark the hemline - be generous with the length, you can always trim off more, and even up the hemline, later!  For now, you just need to get rid of the excess fabric.

I'm working with the first drape; but want the back seam to be asymmetrical, in part to get a better placement of that poppy on the skirt front. The back seam will be sewn by hand, with a slip-stitch, to retain that purple stripe at the edge of the scarf.

If you do sew by machine, use stabilizer as needed to keep the off-grain fabric from stretching.

 

Now plan the sewing: this will be done by hand, with thread matching the fabric and a fine, small needle.  Remove the pin marking the snap placement, see if the dress comes off - you may need to adjust the top point of the back seam.

I  stitched the shoulder pleat from the front of the shoulder right to the point at the back, and secured it in place, with tiny slip-stitches.  Then I stitched the back seam from the widest part of the hip to just above the knee.

Try the dress on the doll - preferably a doll with a head, to make sure the dress will go on!  (Plan B for this one was a snap to fasten the shoulder strap at 1b if the dress didn't go over a head).

Mark the snap placement; sew on the snap (or a hook-and-eye).

 

Pin the hem, and contemplate the hemline.  Straight, or asymmetrical?  Baste in place, trim off the excess, and check it again.  Keep an eye on other things, too - here I've decided that the shoulder strap needs another little pleat, just at the shoulder line.

 

Mark the hemline with a basting thread through the single layer of fabric, pins or a chalk (check to make sure it will come off the fabric) right on the fold line; remove the first basting thread, trim the hem allowance and sew with a rolled hem (see page 3).

This was an earlier scarf dress, made from a scarf with a square end.  I used a strip of rhinestones from sale earrings for the shoulder strap.  The dress has no back seam, just an overlap secured with a snap at the top, and with a rectangular rhinestone from the earring sewn over the closure.  This scarf was a lovely charmeuse, heavier than the poppy scarf, and was a treat to sew - only the lower hem and attaching the strap and closure.