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Topic: Bolero made from a Scarf--with Pattern and Instructions  (Read 4310 times)
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« on: March 24, 2013 04:47:39 PM »



I volunteer at a fair-trade store and always love all the scarves that we sell, but have always been nervous about trying to wear them.  I figure I am not coordinated enough to make it work.  So I was very excited when in the February issue of Marie Claire there was a short article on Lemlem and was inspired by how they used scarves to make simple clothing articles.



To be honest, I didnt think this would turn out to be anything special, but I love it.  It was the fastest thing I have ever made, and I think it turned out pretty well.  Now I just need summer to come so I can wear it and not freeze.





Pattern and Instructions:
Supplies:
1 Rectangular Scarf (mine measured 13 by 60)  The width needs to be greater than the circumference of your arm, and the length determines the length of your sleeves (for reference I am 53/4 tall). 
Note you could probably also use fabric but would need to finish the edges.
A sewing machine (unless you love hand sewingit probably wouldnt be that bad to hand sew)
A measuring tape
Thread and pins
Up to 1 hour of time (seriously this took less than 1 hour from start to finish) 

Directions:
Step 1: Take some measurements:
Measurement A: From Armpit to armpit (can be done across your front or back)
   For me this was 16
Measurement B: From Armpit to Elbow
   For me this was 8

Step 2: A little bit of Math
Divide Measurement A by 2 (for me this is 8) (well call this number C)
Divide Measurement B by 2 (for me this is 4) (well call this number D)

Step 3: Mark the Centre Point on the long sides of the scarf

Step 4: Fold the Scarf with wrong sides together such that you have a long narrow rectangle

Step 5: On each side of the Centre Mark Measure (C+D+1) (this is where your seam will start)

Step 6: Pin the fabric together along the length of your seams

Step 7: Sew both seams with a half inch or less seam allowance

Step 8: Cut threads, turn right side out.

Step 9: Put on your awesome new bolero and show it off.   

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2013 04:49:22 PM »

Oh my gosh! Too cute! I've never seen one made of this flowy  fabric before. Makes it look like a blouse or something. I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2013 05:04:46 PM »

thanks FoxyBlue.  It's a silk scarf so it is really nice to wear too.
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2013 05:36:44 PM »

so pretty! I agree with FoxyBlue it totally looks like a blouse. and i love that you found a use for the pretty scarves, i'm the same way, i see pretty scarves all the time but i don't think i could ever pull them off in an outfit. thanks so much for the tutorial, i'm gonna be on the lookout for a cute scarf now.

does the back feel tight or pull at all when you move around since its not made from a stretchy fabric?
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2013 06:29:54 PM »

thanks
does the back feel tight or pull at all when you move around since its not made from a stretchy fabric?

It wasn't too bad, I wouldn't try yoga while wearing it or anything else involving a lot of stretching, but it wore well when I wore it to a potluck (where my activities included corralling a few active preschoolers) 
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2013 05:22:37 AM »

I don't think I've logged in here in years! oh my. Sneaked a peek after seeing your pin this morning. The bolero looks gorgeous!
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2013 06:01:39 AM »

Thanks, glad I could lure you back.
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2013 09:06:23 AM »

I love it! Thank You very much for the pattern. This Rocks!
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2013 09:46:18 AM »

Thanks louhi
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2013 07:24:43 AM »

I love it! I've wanted a bolero in this style for years! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern and instructions. I'm going to have to try this! Awesome.
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