JAZZ UP A SUMMER STAPLE!
I’ve always had a hard time passing up beautiful scarves at second hand stores, and I have accumulated quite a collection. They are an amazing accessory and I wear them, many times, in place of a necklace, in order to punch up an outfit. Well, here is another idea to put those scarves, with amazing patterns and textures, to use. It took only six scarves (I show seven in the before picture, but didn’t use one) to make this unique, flowing, boho maxi! I will be giving a rundown, on how this look was accomplished, but it really is about “playing” with the scarves, until the right look is achieved.
It was now time to go through my stash of scarves, to see, if I had enough of one theme and color pallet to create a dress. I did, and my look became animal print, with brown being the dominant color, then black. I pulled out my dress maker’s mannequin and began piling, pinning and trying scarves on the mannequin. I looked at it with a squinted eye to see if I could envision these scarves together, as a dress. I could and, so I began.
Quick story: As I was piling scarves on my mannequin, my mom popped over. As her and I were visiting, I looked over at the frenzied mound of scarves, dripping off the form, and then looked back to see that my mom, was looking at this crazy mess, also. I laughed and said, “you probably think I’m nuts”! Then we both started laughing at what seemed like a hopeless, disaster!
Well, I can breath a sigh of relief now, to see, that there is a method to my madness, and something beautiful really did come from all of this.
I began with an animal print that would become the top. I draped it around the neck, and hit at about the hips.
I cut 9 1/2″ off of the bottom of each end and added a square of a different scarf.
I’m stitching this dress, wrong sides together, I want to see the seams.
Pieces were then added to become the back and waist band.
I then began draping and playing with the rest of the scarves, to get the looked I wanted, then stitched them all together.
This would be a fabulous resort wear dress!
Tip: An amazing stack of bracelets were used to accessorize this dress. Bracelets are another little treasure to keep your eye out for, when shopping second hand stores. Just one of these bracelets alone, is fairly unremarkable, but stack them together and they make a statement and get noticed!
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