Double charm: long silk scarf

The print on the  fabric used for the ends of this scarf is so simple but so effective! 

Simple, stylised repeat motif in soft colours

The motif is very highly stylised, but the close repeat and the delicate colours make for a very lively impression.  The fabric itself is a lovely light crepe de chine, which flows and drapes beautifully.

Fortunately, I had some plain cream silk of an appropriate weight in the stash, so after a certain amount of fiddling about to get the ends straight (pulling threads is quite a business on such fine fabric), I was able to make a scarf that is long enough to make a Tuscan knot. (You double the scarf, but instead of feeding both ends through the loop, one goes through from the front and one from the back of it.  See below for links to explain this.)

Long silk scarf, plisse and printed silk.

This was also an exercise in deciding which seams and hems to use.  For the seam that will sit at the back of the neck, I made a run & fell seam (also called a flat fell seam) which encloses raw edges, but sits quite flat.  To join on the printed silk I decided to use s French seam, which leaves only one line of stitching visible, will weight the scarf a little, and also encloses those raw edges.

Left and right are French seams, the one down the centre is a run & fell seam.

I often use a rolled hem for all edges of delicate fabric like this.  The seams however were a little too bulky for that treatments, so the long edges are done in a narrow hem, stitched by machine, and just the ends, in the printed fabric, are rolled.

The long sides of the scarf are finished with a narrow hem, machine stitched. The shorter ends are roll-hemmed by hand, a more delicate finish.

The following link shows you how to tie a Tuscany knot:   http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/23225/fashion-scarf-how-to

Find details of how to sew French and run & fell seams (and more) at http://www.sewneau.com/how.to/french.seam.html

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