Apparel: December 2009 Archives
A few weeks ago our merchandising manager, Kristl Pelz, wrote about an easy way to make a scarf out of our silk burnout velvet in one of our email messages. We have received a few questions about the project, so I decided to do an extended set of instructions.
For this project you will need one yard of silk velvet burnout fabric and coordinating thread. A rolled-hem foot is optional, but makes finishing the edges SOOOOO much easier.
Start by evening out your fabric. The easiest way to do this is to make a tiny snip an inch or two above the cut edge and tear the fabric across the grain. This ensures that your cut edge is perfectly straight. Next, fold the fabric in half, matching the selvages, then cut down the fold to create two even pieces. Go ahead and trim the selvages off at this point, as well.
Next, place the pieces with wrong sides together and so that the fabric pattern is right-side up on both pieces. Use french seam to join the fabric at one of the shorter sides. To do this, stitch along one of the shorter sides of fabric using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/8" and press to one side using low heat.
Fold the fabric back along the seam so that the fabric is now right sides together and the seam allowance is in between. Pin and sew the stitched edge using a 3/8" seam allowance, encasing the raw edge of the first seam inside a nice little pocket.
Voila! Easy-peasy french seam.
Lastly, hem the edges of the scarf. I used a 6mm hemmer foot, which worked beautifully even with the unevenness of the fabric. I don't have the patience needed to create a rolled hem manually, so I would highly recommend using your hem foot if you have one. If you don't have one, I would suggest getting one. You could also finish the scarf off with a serged edge.
That's it. Scarf complete! You could easily do this with any light to medium weight fabric with nice drape. The burnout velvet comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, but you could also do the same thing in charmeuse satin. For something a little less drapey, you could use dupioni silk or silk brocade. It only takes about an hour to make one of these scarves, making them a great last minute gift that won't look last minute at all.