This Spring, I’ve been seeing a lot of stripes. This makes me very happy. I love stripes. Last summer, when in France, I stocked up on striped things. It was very easy to do because, as a people, the French love stripes. You can find any textile item with stripes in France. Striped shirt? Mais, oui! Striped pants? Pas de probleme! Striped underwear? Absolutement. Nice really corners the stripes market in France. Beautiful, no?
The other textile item that the French won’t leave home without is the scarf. While there, me and my friend Jill decided that before leaving we should probably purchase a scarf………..for, oh, every day of the week. I think the French might have considered putting an embargo on scarves while we were there, we bought so many! Yet, I have no buyers remorse. On the contrary, I wish that I had bought one more scarf. I wish that I had solidified my love of stripes and scarves and found one that perfectly married the two. Alas, I didn’t. To make it worse, I keep seeing photos like these all over pinterest:
Unfortunately you have to be rolling in the drachmas or married to a manna-daddy to afford these scarves. As a teacher of public education, I am neither. In these instances, I try DIY. Thankfully, our Jo-Ann Fabric store is moving. And instead of doing what “real” stores do and move the merchandise, they are liquidating all of their old inventory. We are in the last month now, and things are HEAVILY discounted. For instance, I have a “friend” who went this weekend and purchased many, many yards of fabric, ~20 patterns, lots of serger and regular thread, zippers, bias, etc. It would have normally cost her $600. She got it for a mere $100! How do I know all of these particulars you ask? Ok….that person was me. It was amazing!! The woman behind the counter told me that a woman had bought enough patterns the day before to normally total $1800. In the end, she paid $30. Thirty dollars!!! Unbelievable.
But, I digress. One of the lovely fabrics I found (deeply discounted) was a nice pink and white striped jersey. So, I snapped it up and it came home to become my scarf.
Because I wanted the stripes to run horizontally, I was going to need to make a center seam. So, I took a yard and cut it down the folded side. Then, I used some iron on hem tape from IKEA and tacked the two panels one on top of the other and serged them. The hem tape was really helpful to ensure that I lined the stripes up properly before I serged any seam.
Now, you don’t have to have a serger to sew knits (although I think mine does a better job than my sewing machine). If you use your sewing machine, you want to make sure that you use your “knit stitch” (this will usually look akin to your zigzag stitch). It’s also helpful to have a “knit” sewing machine needle.
Once I had my two panels sewn together, the fabric was long enough to be a good, long scarf. Then, I turned it right sides together and served down the long, open end, fully across one end and 2/3 of the way across the second end. Then, I turned it right side out and hand stitched the small opening left in the final end. Voila! My very frenchy spring scarf! This is super easy and very (instantly) gratifying. I highly recommend making one and then living in it (like me) this spring.