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Go from a light weight winter scarf to summer kaftan

This is a simple pattern for keeping cool in summer! It is super cute either as a swimwear cover-all or, with a bit of tweaking, a glam party dress. Using a light - weight material this instructable calls for someone with some skill and/or lots of  patience. But with simple cotton (heavier, but still cool) it is perfect for beginners. 
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Step 1: What you need

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You will need:
- A sewing machine (with thin needle - size 8,9 or 10)
- A piece of light weight cotton (roughly 1m x 1.5m / 60in x 40in) for a long shirt/short dress
*if you fold the piece in half and lay it across your front and it goes from elbow to elbow and down to mid -thigh it's about right (see pic)
*My material was a scarf from "RUBI shoes" that i never wore in winter.
- A length of cord/ribbon to tie
- Scissors 
- Thread of a corresponding or contrasting colour (not too thick or it  will make the seams pucker)
- Quick-un-pick (seam ripper)
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
- Pins

Step 2: Draw and cut the neck hole

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With the material folded in half, so that the fold is at the top, find the centre and draw a shallow semi-circle (Make it shallower than the picture otherwise it will much to large). Then when you're happy with the shape, cut it out.

Step 3: Prep the sewing machine

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Don't throw away the piece you cut out because you will need it to make sure your sewing machine is on the right setting for the fabric.
Firstly, try and use a needle sized 8,9 or 10. Next, set the stitch length to between 1.5 and 2 (to stop the material shrinking). Then, move the needle as far to the left as possible to give it more support from the plate (do this by setting the width to as large as your machine goes).
Now you may do a test straight stitch.
Watch for puckering due to:
- thread tension too high
- thread too heavy, or,
- needle to large
Adjust accordingly.
myrrhmaid9 months ago

I love this so much I added it to my Party Time ala 70's style page of the Disco-ball pumpkin I made. THANK YOU!

scoochmaroo3 years ago
Very cute! I love it!