Wild Lynx: DIY H&M scarf print kaftan dress

8th September 2012

Wild Lynx H&M scarf pring kaftan dress

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.

materials and tools_Wild Lynx scarf dress

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.

Wild Lynx scard dress DIY_fold scarf in half (1)

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.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_crease the middle point and pin (2)
2. Crease the top fold to create a centre mark on the neck, pin it, and use it as a guide or a reference point.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_measure and pin shoulder point (3)

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.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_drape the scarf over the bodyform (4)

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_drape scarf over bodyform (5)

4. Drape (and pin) the front scarf over the bodyform, use the pinned center point and shoulder notches as reference points.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_join both shoulder points together and pin (6)

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.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_hand sew shoulders with thread (7)

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.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_sew on the original stitch line (8)

Hand sewing in close-up (please don’t look my disastrous nail).

Wild Lynx scarf dres_shoulders (9)

Taadaah! Here you have a bateau neckline and open sleeves.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_measure your ideal length, waist to hem and pin (10)

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.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_sewing (11)
8. Use the matching coloured thread and needle as before, stitch from the hem up under the rolled edgings.

Wild Lynx scarf dress DIY_the product (12)

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.



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  • Reply Sarah Mikaela 8th September 2012 at 20:37

    Lovely tutorial!

    Lots of love,
    Sarah Mikaela

  • Reply A2447 8th September 2012 at 20:49

    This is so COOL!

  • Reply Ingrida van der Hagen 8th September 2012 at 21:36

    Brilliant diy post I can’t wait to see the dress on Shini.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Cool Milk 8th September 2012 at 22:26

    不简单. nice.

  • Reply 小猫猫 8th September 2012 at 22:37

    Excellent work both of you, looking forward to see your next projject?

  • Reply Fashion Hot 9th September 2012 at 00:53

    What a lovely collaboration between you two, the scarf dress looks amazing both in green and apricot colours.

  • Reply Rainermaid 9th September 2012 at 01:00

    I’ve seen something similar like this but with a button hole on both sides, yours is better 😀
    Fabulous work girls.

  • Reply Dancome 9th September 2012 at 01:36

    Very creative, thanks for sharing with us.

  • Reply Sam 9th September 2012 at 02:04

    This is really neat! Outfit post with it please, Kit!
    Ehehe I love your tiger cup and I used to do my nails similar to yours but with silver glitter. 😛

  • Reply Jordon 9th September 2012 at 07:44

    Love the presentation of the diy post. x

  • Reply camilla 9th September 2012 at 11:28

    This is brilliant!

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

    ps check out the giveaway on my blog!

  • Reply Duck 9th September 2012 at 12:33

    Kit I always love your DIY posts. It’s like sewing porn for someone who doesn’t even own a safety pin.

  • Reply Marco Wang 9th September 2012 at 13:35

    Fascinating stuff, I never been a fan of H&M accessories but the scarves looks proper and inexpensive than any other high street stores.
    I’d like to get my fingers into this diy, I think gluing is needed.

  • Reply The Provoker 9th September 2012 at 16:54

    This is genius Kit, love how with such little materials you made something that looks very expensive 😉

  • Reply Candy Candy 9th September 2012 at 19:52

    You and Shini are so talented.

  • Reply Angie 9th September 2012 at 20:21

    that’s an amazing DIY job! i like the straight cut shoulder and scarf fabric – the print is ultra neat

    pandaphilia style

  • Reply Apple Choi 10th September 2012 at 01:12

    A genius idea.

  • Reply Zaigucis 10th September 2012 at 03:01

    Love the tutorial post.

  • Reply Natasha 10th September 2012 at 10:50

    Great post Kit, the dress will look great in strappy heels.

  • Reply fensismensi 10th September 2012 at 12:59

    I see myself making a kaftan dress, wearing dotty-san nails, very soon.

  • Reply janet 10th September 2012 at 19:55

    WOWOWOW!!!! Amazing!!!! I am going to do this with my favorite scarves…..great blog and great post. You are very creative.

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  • Reply Home of Fashion 11th September 2012 at 12:36

    I love this DIY. It is so simple but also looks amazing. On the look out now for a lovely scarf to give it a go with.

  • Reply the style crusader 11th September 2012 at 16:02

    This is amazing Kit. I love the perfect step-by-step explantation of how to do this. You are the queen of DIY. Can’t wait to see Shini in the dress. xx

  • Reply Styleclouds 11th September 2012 at 17:21

    WOW, this is fabulous! xo, Christina

  • Reply Goldie 12th September 2012 at 00:45

    To create this style, drape a scarf over one shoulder and secure it at the shoulder seam with a tiny safety pin, fashion tape , or a few hand tacking stitches that can be removed easily. An alternative way to secure the scarf is with a brooch in the front. Because brooches usually leave pinholes in delicate fabric, only use this method with loose-weave scarves so that pinholes won’t show in the scarf’s fabric.

  • Reply Gail English 12th September 2012 at 05:11

    This is one of the excellent posts, clear and precise instructions.

  • Reply Lois 13th September 2012 at 07:59

    Such a great idea would live to try this!

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  • Reply winnie 13th September 2012 at 18:55

    Your DIY’s are so good Kit! I love the dress and it’s simplicity. The belt really makes all the difference doesn’t it? Also loving all the little details including the soy sauce dish holding your pins!

  • Reply Raquel 14th September 2012 at 02:31

    Sooo nice!! Definetely Im gonna do it!! :)

  • Reply Hickory Vintage 14th September 2012 at 11:51

    Love it Kit, you make it look so easy too! :)

  • Reply Shumi 18th September 2012 at 06:37

    I like the way that you have designed it and it looks awesome.

  • Reply Sofia @ As We Travel 18th September 2012 at 08:16

    It looks great! If I saw someone wearing it I would never have thought it came out of two scarves.

  • Reply Lucy 19th September 2012 at 15:50

    Speechless! This would be a great gift from a guy!

  • Reply disneyrollergirl 19th September 2012 at 23:26

    ahhhhh how do you have the PATIENCE to do this???? Amazing XX

  • Reply Katten 20th September 2012 at 08:03

    Wow, good job! 😀

  • Reply Anila Jain 25th September 2012 at 05:12

    Really awesome design and thanks for sharing your steps here.

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    So perfect for vacation. Lovely blog you have.

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    Great tutorial! Where did you get the mannequin? I need one :)

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      @Karina – Ebay is good 😛

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    This could look equally or even more interesting with only one scarf and a nice piece of solid color silk for the back. I could then actually tailor the one at the back to fit me better.

    But I love the clever belt technique as well.

  • Reply MelD 25th June 2013 at 15:40

    I do love kaftans but I probably will not do the boxy cape back. I think I would like it tailored. I know that would probably be more difficult to pull off, especially without a sewing machine but really great tutorial. Please keep em coming!

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    i like this, Everything about this is very clever; thanks for the guidee; very very Very helpfull! Please do moreee!

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