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How to DIY: Turn a pair a scarves into a dress….

How to DIY

Step by step guide of how to turn a pair a scarves into a dress

You don’t need to rub elbows with the Forbes 400 list to look like a million bucks. Just borrow a page from Shinti Park Kit Lee’s do-it-yourself playbook. With a few clever modifications, the crafty duo turned a pair of oversized H&M scarves (vintage pieces would work well, too) into a slinky, Dolce & Gabbana-inspired caftan dress. Slip it on for lounging in front of the television or pair it with leggings and booties for an afternoon on the town.

Click through for step-by-step instructions.

Turn a pair a scarves into a dres

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Two medium-sized silk or satin scarves
  • Cotton thread in a coordinating color
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Body form (optional)

Turn a pair a scarves into a dres

STEP ONE

Before you begin, steam or iron your scarves. This will prevent creasing or wrinkling while you’re working on them.

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STEP TWO

With the right-side up, fold the first (front) scarf in half to locate the center. Insert a pin on the edge of the fabric to serve as a reference point.

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STEP THREE

To add a notch on the shoulder, measure 11 inches from the outer edge, and pin it. Repeat both steps with the second (back) scarf.

Turn a pair a scarves into a dres

STEP FOUR

Drape and pin the front scarf over the body form. (Tip: Use the pinned center and shoulder notches as reference points.)

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STEP FIVE

Take the back piece of the scarf dress, join the back shoulder notch overlapping the front shoulder notch, pivot the back at an angle, and secure it with pins.

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STEP SIX

To seal the shoulders, measure and extend at least 2 inches from the pivoted notch and pin it, leaving an opening for the sleeve. Repeat this to the other shoulder.

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STEP SEVEN

Using the sewing needle and thread (doubled for durability), back-stitch along the edge’s original stitching line to camouflage your handiwork.

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Ta-da! You’ve now created a bateau neckline and open sleeves.

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STEP EIGHT

To close the side seam from the waist, start with the wrong sides together, measure 22 inches from the hem, and pin both scarves together.

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STEP NINE

Using your needle and thread, stitch from the hem up under the rolled edgings.

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We left a large gap between the shoulder and waist on purpose. Why? Just thread your best belt through the gap to let the back flutter like a boxy cape. Clever, huh?

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