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Layered Lace Scarves

September 22, 2013

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Accessories are often the difference between a ho-hum ensemble and a memorable outfit, and scarves are a great way to add a little zip to your wardrobe and play with fabrics. We're kicking off a series of scarf projects today, beginning with some ultra-girlie layered pieces made with lace and nylon chiffon tricot

These scarves take a little less than a yard of each fabric, and there's no pattern needed -- but a dinner plate will serve as a cutting guide.

This scarf gets its drape from pieces cut on the curve. So to start, use your dinner plate to cut fabric circles. I used a rotary cutter, but you could also trace the plate with a water-soluble fabric pen and then cut with your normal shears. 

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Fold your cut circle into quarters, and cut out the interior point. I didn't measure mine at all -- I just dropped down about 1.5 inches from the point and cut a curve.

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Once the point is cut out, cut open your circle along one fold. For a scarf about 1 yard long, you'll need 12 circles like this in lace, and another 12 out of your nylon chiffon.

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Next, you'll sew your pieces together along the interior curved edge. I started by layering a lace circle over a chiffon circle and joining them; as I reached the end of a piece, I just overlapped the next piece and kept stitching. 

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I made four lengths of lace and chiffon pieces; each section is three pieces long. If you prefer to stitch more layers together at a time, you can, but I find the chiffon wants to sneak up under my presser foot and can get stitched into the seam when it shouldn't, so working with just two layers at a time worked best for me. If your fabrics don't match up at the end, don't sweat it -- they can just be trimmed to an even length when you're done.

Next join all four pieces together along one seam -- you'll have fewer pieces if you stitched more than two fabric layers together at a time. Then, run a zig-zag along the seam and clip any excess seam allowance, or serge the egde.

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To hide the seam, fold open the layers so you have a layer of lace and chiffon on either side of the seam allowance. Press gently, then stitch so that your opened up layers cover your seam allowance. 

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Once your stitching is done, give your scarf a fluff and it's all done!

You can wear it as-is or style it with a sparkly pin or other brooch. 

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I also made a darker version using black nylon chiffon and gray lace, and played with it by styling it like a lace collar, tucked into a vest. 

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