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Make a dress from vintage scarves!
An easy to make dress from large vintage scarves. The pattern is easily modified for both straight and curvy types. Add an optional crochet border for a little extra length.

Posted by Krista W. from Jersey City, New Jersey, United States • Published See Krista W.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pin your scarves together. If your scarves have a “right side”, pin them with the right sides facing each other. Mark where you want you neck opening to be. I wanted mine to be 14″ wide, so I pinned at the 8″ and 22″ mark. Sew 2 seams along the top, ending at your marks.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now pin your arm holes. I made mine 11″ wide.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Slip the scarves over your head and pin at the widest part of your body, leaving an extra inch of room at each side. Pin the sides and your armholes together.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    I had 5 inches of room at each side, so I made a guide with tape on my sewing machine.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    Sew the sides and the armholes together. Cut off the excess fabric.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now if you’re evenly proportioned, that’s it! But I am sadly a pear, and probably always will be. So my dress had a little too much fabric on top. So I measured to where the top of my hip hit, and marked it with a pin. I marked my waist with another pin. Then decided how much I needed off the top. I made a straight line to the waist pin, then a diagonal to my hip mark. If you do this you need to bring your arm seam in, too.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stitch along the marks, and cut off the excess fabric. This is a subtle alteration. It still looks like a sheath dress, it just fits a little better.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 8
    Step 8

    I made a crochet edge for a little extra length on the bottom. I used the mesh stitch to make the border and finished it with a scalloped edge. This stitch is made in multiples of three, so you can change your number of stitches as long as it is divisible by three. This was made for the bottom circumference of my dress, which measured 40″ all the way around. Add or subtract in multiples of three to get the size you need.

    Start by making a chain of 141 stitches. CH 1 more, then Sc into the 2nd CH from the hook. SC along across the chain to the end. Turn.

    Row 1: Ch 5, then DC into the 3rd SC stitch. *CH 2, SK 2 stitches, DC into the next stitch. Repeat from * to the end of the row.

    Row 2: CH 5, DC into 1rst DC(3rd stitch), *CH2, DC into next DC, repeat from * to end of row.

    When mesh stitch is the length you want( I made three rows), end with another row of single crochet. (After you reach the last DC, SC into the next three stitches. That brings you to the end of the row).

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 9
    Step 9

    To make the scalloped edge, CH 1, then SC into the 1rst SC. *CH 3, then in the same stitch you just worked, (yarn over and bring up a loop. Yarn over again and draw through the 1rst two loops on the hook) twice. You’ll have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over on more time and bring through all three loops on the hook. SK the next three SC, then SC into the next SC. One scallop made. Repeat from * to the end of the row. Cut yarn and tie off.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 10
    Step 10

    To attach to your dress, pin along the edge of your dress. I found the easiest way to do it and make sure the bottom hem was even was to turn the dress inside out, then pin the border on the inside of the dress. Give your crochet border a little tug if you need to so it reaches all the way around.

  • How to recycle a scarf dress. Vintage Scarf Dress - Step 11
    Step 11

    Turn dress right side out and stitch along the crochet edge about 1/4″ from the top all the way around. Hand stitch crochet border edges together.

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