Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Scarf for Spring ~Tea Rose Home Style~


I found this dress at a thrift store a few month ago. Although, the style of the dress is a little 80's ish, I fell in love with the gauze material and the romantic floral print. I have been looking for gauze material, but they are really hard to find.



I bought the dress, so I could make something out of it. I had lots of ideas, but it was very difficult to decide what to make. Once the dress is cut, that's it! It's not like I can go back to a fabric store and buy more.

Then, I started seeing beautiful scarfs for Spring at the stores. I had to make one with the fabric!

I separated the top and the bottom...


Actually, the skirt portion was made out of four large panels. I only needed to make my scarf.

1. I cut the panel in half, and sewed them together to make a long piece. Then, I just used a zig-zag stitch for both sides to prevent fraying.


2. Then, I pulled threads using a pin.


3. When I pulled about 2 1/2" worth of threads, I took sections of threads and twisted them together to make fringe.


4. Now I have a airy and romantic scarf for Spring!


I love it!! I still have three panels left. I am debating whether to make a blouse or camisol. Are you wondering what I did with the top portion of the dress? (I have a hard time throwing beautiful fabrics away).

I actually made some flowers, I can either make it in to hair accessories, make corsage, or use them to dress up my t-shirt.

In my next post I will show you how I made the flowers. Don't miss it! ;)

37 comments:

by night said...

It is beautiful! It is so "springy"!

Sadie said...

just beautiful. I love to make things from old clothes, it's recycling at it's best!

:o)
x

Perri said...

Congratulations! on such a lovely new scarf :-) Love the finish of the fringe.
Happy stitching, P

hanci06 said...

I love it!

Anne said...

Absolutely beautiful!
Cheers
Anne

Petite moi said...

That looks gorgeous...very french :D

Katherine said...

that's beautiful! what an eye you had to see the potential in that dress!

Pam said...

Your scarf is beautiful. I love how you always look at things 'outside the box' and see what they can become, rather than what they are. It's very inspirational.

Lisa said...

How creative, very beautiful

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Absolutely beautiful spring scarf!
Jackie

Evelyn said...

Wow, I totally remember those dresses from the 80's! That's a wonderful reconstruction, and a beautiful scarf. Perfect!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Ahh this is great! Yet again another wonderful project! Looks likes something you would see at Anthropology. I going to hunt for something I can turn into a scarf.

Kendra "Domestic Princess in Training"

Disney said...

That is lovely! I've been looking for something to do this with, but no luck so far. That dress was perfect!!

Emily said...

wow! I admire your eye for re-purposing something old. I go to the thrift store, but often struggle to see a new way to utilize something retro. Beautiful!

Melissa said...

Very romantic and beautiful

Robin and Josh said...

Gorgeous! I love it!

Marie' said...

What a great idea! I have a few Laura Ashley dresses that could use a make over like that.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful and such a wonderful idea. I never would have seen that beautiful scarf in that dress.

Mikaela said...

You are so resourceful! I found some beautiful fabric on clearance at Jo-Anns the other day--I was debating about getting it to make a scarf, but I decided not to. Now I'll have to be on the look-out for 80s dresses with Cath Kidston-worthy fabric! ;-)

reimaginedtreasures.blogspot.com said...

THAT is really beautiful! Great re-use of an old dress. The gauzy fabric makes it feel so light for spring!

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Nancy's Couture said...

Oh how I love that scarf!!!! It is beautiful. Perfect for spring and summer.

brandy said...

You have such an eye for beauty! I would have walked right past that dress....not able to see past the 80's prinnt! But you turned it into a gorgeous scarf. I love it!

Amie said...

Wow! Gorgeous! I would never think of a scarf for spring!

Real Life Reslers said...

Wow! I love it. How do you come up with this stuff?

Bunny said...

You did an amazing job on this just beautiful.

Sharlyn said...

So creative, well done!

casserole said...

Your scarf is so beautiful!!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-floral-spring-scarf/2010/03/26/
--Anne

saffiertje said...

I love the scarf!!! Awesome material!

Laura said...

Also, I am featuring a necklace tutorial and giveaway. I'd love it if you stopped by my blog!

Laura said...

This is beatiful. I'd love to try making this!

beckaboots said...

What a beautiful idea! It looks awesome. Good job :)

Michelle said...

Beautiful - I love it! I featured this on my blog today: http://ahappierhome.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-of-week-tea-rose-home.html

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I know what I'll be thrifting for this week! Thanks so much for shairing this, I'll be linking.

Lindsay said...

I never thought of doing this. Thank you. I have a bunch of upcycle fabric I love that this technique would work so well for. Plus, pulling apart clothing is cathartic for me, which is why I keep using old clothing to make new stuff. ;)

CathyA said...

Wow, this is so beautiful. I'm heading to my closet to look for an old dress! Doesn't hurt so much when something no longer fits ;)

We Stage New England said...

The fabric is pretty - and looks like it is the right weight. Well done! Thank you for sharing!

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