This Summer has been very fruitful and intensively hard laboured, a handful of DIY projects left my fingers brutally scarred and hungry for more torture, it’s a type of fetish which I gladly accept with honour. Joining the fetish club, Shini and I have collaborated together to create a kaftan dress made of two H&M leopard motif print scarves (there were different variations to choose from), the step by step process is very simple and there’s no cutting, gluing nor stapling involved. Now let the wild lynx let loose.
You will need: 2 medium size motif print silk scarves (we used the H&M SS12 leopard/panther motif print scarves), a matching colour cotton thread, sharp scissors, sewing needle, some pins and a measuring tape.
1. First be sure to steam or iron the satin scarves to prevent crease whilst working on the fabric. To start with the front dress, take one piece of the scarf and fold the correct side in half.
3. To add a notch on the shoulder, grab a measuring tape and measure 11 inches from the outer edge, and pin it. Repeat this method with the second piece of (back dress) scarf.
4. Drape (and pin) the front scarf over the bodyform, use the pinned center point and shoulder notches as reference points.
5. 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.
6. To seal the shoulders, measure and extend at least 2 inches from the pivoted notch, pin it, leaving the so-called sleeve to open, repeat this to the other shoulder. Grab a sewing needle and a matching coloured thread (double threaded), sew a neat stitch (I prefer back stitch) along the edge’s original stitching line, to ensure the hand-stitching to look invisible.
Hand sewing in close-up (please don’t look my disastrous nail).
Taadaah! Here you have a bateau neckline and open sleeves.
7. To close the side seam from the waist, start with the wrong sides together, measure 22 inches from the hem up and pin both scarves together.
9. And lastly, I purposely left a huge gap from the shoulder to the waist, why? Grab your best belt and tie it through the gap to the front leaving the back exposed like a boxy cape. Clever huh?
Be sure to check out Shini’s outfit post where she is wearing the green version of the H&M scarf print Kaftan dress.