I have purchased hundreds of vintage silk scarves over the years, I can’t seem to resist a gorgeous piece of silk for a couple of dollars in a charity store. Despite my French ancestry, I have absolutely no idea how to wear a scarf. I end up using them to quickly catch the snot dripping from my 4-year-old’s nose (which by the way, is the definition of unconditional love).
I decided to put my silk scarves to better use by refashioning them into a tunic. This tutorial has been designed for beginners and takes only 10 minutes. Which is handy if, like me, everything takes longer than your attention span.
The idea for this tunic was conceived from my mildly perverse obsession with ABBA (hello 1975 I am available for immediate kidnapping).
Before Viagra there was Agnetha and Anna-Frid wearing thigh-high boots with tunics. Or Björn and Benny wearing jumpsuits, whatever your preference, hey I’m not here to judge.
You will need:
- 2 coordinating square vintage silk scarves approximately 81cm (32″) square
- measuring tape
- matching thread
- sewing machine
1. Lay your two scarves on top of each other, right sides together. Measure an opening for the neck 30cm (12″) long. Pin the scarves together at these points.
2. Join the scarves together at each shoulder with a 5cm (2″) long row of stitches.
4. Pin your scarves together along the sides. Stitch together, leaving a 31cm (12″) gap for the armholes. Turn your tunic right-side-out and slip it over your head.
Sometimes Dancing Queen comes on the radio and maybe you dance a little bit in front of the mirror. Don’t fight it.
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