12 October, 2010

A Pretty Thing


Just a scarf.

You've heard me say it before, but I really don't like to sew clothes. There are so many delicious patterns out there and loads of fabric that I do think would make better clothes than quilts, but I can't quite get motivated to break out pattern pieces.

When Jacquie sent me a piece of Anna Maria Horner Good Folks voile I wasn't confident that it would work in a quilt. Yes, all together with a whole bunch of voiles would be fantastic, but I also don't generally do single fabric line quilts. Geez, I really am a picky quilter!

The voile is just too pretty to leave languishing in a stash bin. Unbelievably soft too. Yes, it would make a gorgeous blouse or summer dress. With my clothing sewing skills, however, I also thought it would make a lovely scarf.

Selvage to selvage it is a bit shorter than the conventional 42-44 inches. This makes it too short to be good scarf. When I went searching for a coordinating print I couldn't help but take out an older AMH fabric in that pink. So one side is AMH, the other is grey. A quilter's linen and a Lecien print I picked up in Ontario.

This is ridiculously easy to make. Sew your front pieces together, sew your back pieces together. Then, wrong sides together sew around almost all four sides. Leave a spot to turn it right side out, after clipping the excess fabric from the corners. Top stitch all the way around.

This scarf now goes with me everywhere. I'm not generally a pretty kind of gal when I dress, but I do adore this scarf and even though it is plain jane construction, it makes me feel very pretty to wear it.

12 comments:

Sunshine said...

Wow, it looks like you stand at the Halifax NS water front - there's a little island in the harbour (George's Isl, I think), looks just like the one in your picture!

Good use for the nice fabric!

Amy said...

We had an Anna Maria Horner trunk show at the shop where I work recently and it included a scarf in the voile that was really lovely. I think you've made a great choice!

~Michelle~ said...

I love the voile... it's my indulgence in terms of fabric! I'm waiting for the innocent crush violes to come out so I can stop being tempted by the quilting cottons. I really need to make a scarf soon, thanks for the inspiration!

Lesly said...

Very pretty! I love the voile - I am hoarding a stash of it.

Jennifer said...

This is gorgeous! Isn't voile amazing?

Jennifer :)

Katie B. said...

Gorgeous! I'm working on a voile quilt right now. I'm using that print for the back. I might have enough left over for a scarf!

amandajean said...

it's a perfect use for the voile! i love the pink added to it. perfect!

ironic that i JUST bought some of that very same pink and i'm posting about it today. :)

Diane said...

Lovely scarf! You found just the right use for that great fabric.

sewkatiedid said...

Glad you included a photo of it in use.

Victoria said...

I adore your scarf, too! I can't get it together to feel the love for sewing clothes either, (although I wish I could) but for the last month or so have had lovely fabric scarf images dancing in my head... and I swear they look exactly like what you have made... all soft and pretty with mixed fabrics and a vintage vibe to them. Yours is just perfect, (and mine are just imaginary) but now I see that I need to get out of my mind and into reality and make me a scarf, too!

brown robin said...

Oh... I really love it!!! I made myself a "shawl" in some of that line last May. It felt so luxurious to wrap around my shoulders... I know what you mean about the voile in a quilt.

cancer types said...

I think you've made a great choice!i love the pink added to it. perfect! you did a great work.