I love vintage scarves. They have such amazing designs and colours that make them pretty much irresistible. And with this repurposing tutorial, you’ll love them just as much as me.
And not only do you get one new top with this tutorial, but two with this reversible vintage scarf top how to. You can pick up the scarves for a few pounds from charity shops.
Before you begin, it’s worth to note that these scarves come in various sizes and the size you’ll need will depend on your dress size and the desired fit of the finished garment. As a guide, as a size 18 I’m using two 88cm square scarves for a loose fitting/oversized top.
What you’ll need:
- 2 scarves in your desired size
- Needle and thread, or a sewing machine if you have one
- Tape measure
It’s okay if your 2 scarves aren’t precisely the same size as all seams will be hidden on the inside. I had about 1 cm difference in mine.
Top tip: do a dry run with pins to ensure you get the right fit.
Before beginning, decide which side you want as the top. Place right sides together and pin the top edges of your 2 scarves together.
Top tip: the right side has a shiny, satin finish.
Using your tape measure, find the centre point of your top seam and mark vertically with a pin. Measures 15cms from each side of this central point and mark vertically with pins. This will become your head hole, so remember to leave this open when sewing!
Sew your top seam, leaving a seam allowance. I’m opting for a 5cm seam allowance to achieve my desired fit.
Top tip: if you’re using a sewing machine, mark the distance you need for your seam allowance with masking tape to ensure you keep an accurate line.
For the side seams, measure 28cm down from the line you have just sewn on each side and mark with a pin. These will be your armholes. Continue to pin below this point to the bottom edge of your scarf.
Sew along the pinned edges, again leaving a seam allowance.
Turn right side out and voila! One vintage scarf top of your own creating.
This is a basic scarf top pattern, so feel free to go mad with it. If you find the fit is too loose, bring in the side seams. Create a bubble hem by inserting elastic, embellish with beads, or simply add a belt! I just tied mine with a bobble for a cute extra detail.