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« on: January 16, 2013 11:38:21 AM »

Recycle Silk Shirt becomes Silk Scarf

I've had this idea to make a scarf out of a silk shirt. This is a silk shirt from the thrift store. Cost $3 The collar looks funny because I was testing my scissors on it.

I loaded up the sewing machine with black silk thread. Cost $4
Then I sewed the darts (?) closed around the bottom hem of the shirt.

I folded the bottom hem of the shirt about six inches and sew along the bottom hem making a tube.

I cut the tube away from the shirt. I make a couple more tubes out of the remaining cloth.

Tube on the left is inside out. Tube on the right is right side out.

To connect the tubes I slide a right side out tube into an inside out tube. Then I square off the end with the scissors.

I join the tubes together by sewing around the inside of the two tubes.

Turn the long tube right side out, tuck in an inch at the end and sew the end closed.

The scarf turned out to be a little over six feet long. I included the shirt pocket in the design.

That's the scarf experiment. I like my new sewing machine. I found that I had to adjust the tension on the bobbin holder thingie. Then I had to adjust tension on the machine to almost Zero or the thread keeps breaking. And the needle threading device does not like the silk thread. I have to thread manually. Yeah, I know how to do that. That's what the glasses are for.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2013 01:14:20 PM »

Nicely done. I love how you kept the pocket.

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2013 05:32:06 PM »

Thank you. My interest in silk shirts started when I had to buy some shirts for party with Hawaiian theme. I found many shirts in the thrift store, some still with the tags. Like somebody went to Hawaii, bought the shirt, then never wore it. That's when I noticed one was 100% silk. I bought that one, wore it to the party. It went into washing machine by accident ruining the sleeves. I liked the pattern and wanted to save the cloth so I put it away in a safe place. I still can't find it. So I bought a couple more and finally got around to buying a sewing machine at the after Christmas sales.
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2013 08:03:06 PM »

PERFECT! That is such a great way to keep an old silk shirt alive! I bought one at a thrift store that turned out to have a hole, so it's been sitting around doing nothing Tongue Now I know what to do!

« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013 08:10:45 AM »

Great! If I inspired anybody to do something that would be fun!
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2013 10:20:59 PM »

You gave me a great idea for recycling a crinkled silk skirt into scarves.  I actually did redo the full skirt portion of a knit dress into a wrap for a friend who needed one.  Also, sewing silk between two strips of tissue paper helps.
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2013 12:04:43 AM »

Fabulous! First of all I'm glad to see a sewing project from a man. My husband helps me with ideas, but not the actual sewing. I've seen silk scarves, but none in a pattern I like, and great silk shirts that I would or could not wear. Now I know what to do, grab the shirts and turn into scarves, I think they would make great gifts too. Oh I also really liked that you used the pocket.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2013 08:27:29 PM »

Cool! I have to agree, saving the pocket is a great idea. Love it.  Smiley

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