How to feel va va voom in a scarf turned dress

by byanika on 27/05/2011 · 46 comments

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Hi Sweethearts!

The other day I sewed this dress from a scarf. If you think you have seen me in a snake scarf turned dress before you are absolutely right. I did sew one a year ago, but that dress does not exist anymore. You know me, my scarves are always being transformed into dresses/curtains/turbans/pillows/corsets/shoelaces. I`ve been missing my snake dress so much I decided to make another one!

As I was getting creative with my scarf I got to thinking. Perhaps you would like a little inspiration on how to be your own designer, and feel fabulous while creating your own dresses?


How to feel va va voom in a scarf turned dress:


1. Get a scarf that you love so much you start accessorizing it immediately.

If the scarf is not wide enough, get two, and sew them toghether, making a rectangle. I get two all of the time, accommodating my hips that I have learned to think of as a blessing (they make it very easy to dance belly dancing in a way that leaves a lasting impact).

2. Fold your rectangular scarf in two.

Make sure you fold the rectangle so that you get one shorter closed side, one shorter open side and two longer open sides.

3. Sew the two sides of the rectangle, starting from the bottom.

I sew all of my dresses by hand. If you like to use a sewing macing it might be a good idea to stich by hand before you whip out your machine.

4. Leave room for your sleeves.

If you feel unsure of when to stop sewing, use a dress that you already own to measure out where your sleeves should be.

5. Create the neckline


Fold the rectangle that is now stiched toghether on eather long side in two, sleeve to sleeve. Cut a slit from the fold on both sides. The slit should be about the length of your hand on both sides of the fold.

6. Open up the neckline

Unfold the rectangle and cut a horizontal slit, cutting towards the hemline.  Only cut it long enough for you to be able to slide the dress over your head, you can always widen your neckline later when you try it on.

7. Admire the beginnings of your dress

Put your stiched rectangle on and marvel at how it is beginning to resemble a dress.

8. Figure out how to take the dress from drab to fab.

Self doubt is mandatory in any creative process. It might go something like this: How the flying fig am I going to save this shapeless piece of fabric from it`s frustratingly unflattering shape?

9. Infuse your self with your own fabulousness.

Escape the previous moment by stopping to reckognize how fabulous you are. Because you are. YOU are single handedly designing a dress! This bloody scarf will not defeit you!

10. Tailor your dress to your fantastic shape.

Having reveled in your own fabulousness, you should now be ready to really get creative. This is when you check your self out in the mirror (how YOU doin`?) (damned fine, thanks for asking), and start playing around with the shape of your dress. Do you need to adjust the neckline? Do you want to add a belt? Do you need to take the dress in a little? Love your shape and let the dress woo your wonderful figure.

11. Add the ooomph to your dress.

Now that you have got the shape of your dress just right (after a lot of swearing if you are anything like me), it is time to have fun with adding that chutzpah that is your personal touch. Embellishing the neckline, perhaps? Adding a pop of colour to the hemline? I chose to do just that, cutting off the hem from one of my dresses and adding it to my snake marvel.

12. Own the va va voom.

YES. You have created your very own piece of fabulousness! You may have discarded a few scarves in the process, but you did not give up, and you are ready to get dolled up in your original creation, designed by you, infused with so much self worth it is sure to become your feel good dress.

Va. Va. VOOM!

If you would like to accessorize your soultry dress with a bolero it just so happens I have the tutorial for you. Welcome to my “You can design it, too!”-Bolero Bonanza!

If any of you sweethearts actually create a piece using one of my tutorials please let me know, and get ready to see your fabulousness featured here chez moi.

I love you guys!

 I would love to connect with you!   @AnikaByAnika   Facebook

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1 LaCaraNo Gravatar
May 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm

You are simply amazing Anika! As always I adore your magnificant creations! I love your D.I.Y snake dress…especially the pop of color at the bottom! This tutorial is extremely helpful, and I’m gonna give it a go! :D

Enjoy your weekend lovely!



byanika 2 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 12:52 am

Darling, that would be amazing if you did. I would so love to see that! You go girl! Love you lots my friend. Hugs and kisses.


3 ConsiderMeLovelyNo Gravatar
May 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

You’re so freaking gorgeous and talented!
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byanika 4 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 12:52 am

You are so freaking right! Ha ha. No, you are so freaking LOVELY! And right. Hugs for you my lovely friend. Enjoy your weekend my dear! Love, Anika


5 Lauren NicoleNo Gravatar
May 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm

OH MY ANIKA! YOU ARE SO CREATIVE. I am totally doing this soon!!

Thank you for being such a great and creative blogger.

PS. I Love you in leopard shades

Lauren Nicole
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byanika 6 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 12:51 am

That would be so fab, Lauren! Please do, and report back! Mwuah!

Ps. Grrrrr!


7 ElleNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 12:40 am

What a fabulous transformation- would have never guessed it was made from a scarf! I need a sewing machine stat haha. And skills with needles that I lack beyond sewing on a button or stitching up a small hole.


byanika 8 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 12:50 am

Honey, that is all you need. I own a sewing machine, but I have no idea where it is. That is the trouble with cleaning for you. He he. Hugs for you!


9 RaginiNo Gravatar May 28, 2011 at 1:12 am


And you look awesome, as always :)

Also, yay for dress tutorial! You make it all look so easy!
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byanika 10 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Try H&M my darling, they might have some similar ones! Love you.


11 Casee MarieNo Gravatar May 28, 2011 at 1:57 am

I wanna try! You are such a fearless talent, dear Anika. I don’t know what my scarf-dress would look like, and it would surely lack your chutzpah, but it’s so cool that you’ve given us all direction to try!
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byanika 12 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Sweetheart, it would have YOUR chutzpah, which is perfect :) I only did this post because I have been asked to show ways to sew dresses. I don`t really follow tutorials my self, but if anyone would like to that is lovely. Big hugs to you my friend. I think of you every day. xx


13 KristinNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 2:02 am

Wow, do you make that seem awfully easy! I fear I may be too DIY challenged for it. Haha! Anyhoo, it looks lovely on you!
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14 JamillahNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 2:27 am

Gawsh I need to fix my sewing machine stat!!! I LOVE THIS! The pop of color at the hem is kind of genius. And of course you belly dance, because you’re my hero.


byanika 15 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

.. or you could do it by hand, old school. hahah. We should belly dance toghether! That would be fab, nothing less!!! Mwuah.


16 Rebecca - The Plus Side of MeNo Gravatar May 28, 2011 at 4:02 am

Wow! You are so gorgeous! Scarf turned dress? That’s an amazing transformation and it looks great on you :) Loving that necklace with it too! I’ll definitely be using your tutorial :)
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byanika 17 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hi sweetheart, would you really? That would be fab, let me know how it worked out, and send me pics! Happy weekend dear.


18 OfeliaNo Gravatar May 28, 2011 at 4:06 am

Love the photo of you blowing us a kiss! You are very patience and skill to be able to start and finish a dress
in so few steps. I own a sewing machine but I haven’t use it in about a year and a half.
Have a lovely weekend,
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byanika 19 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I was blowing it to you lovely! I hope you are enjoying your weekend, I am catching up on my blog reading :) Hugs to you.


20 JenmarieNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 4:28 am

You’re so creative dear Anika! I don’t know if I could do this and I definitely know I would fail at sewing it by hand! My goodness you have patience! I always love your creations!


byanika 21 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Thank you my lovely friend! I do have patience, but I also take shortcuts hahahha. I don`t use patterns for instance, which is probably a major sewing faux pas. :D I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend. Warm hugs from me to you.


22 SarahNo Gravatar May 28, 2011 at 4:44 am

I would not believe you made that if I didn’t just read the proof. That’s incredibly creative! I wish I had time to give it a go (a pathetic, hilarious go) but I’m gearing up for finals, so maybe soon. Thanks for sharing this awesomeness, though. (:
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byanika 23 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Hi Sarah, thank you for your funny comment! Best of luck with your finals!!!! Fingers crossed :) xx


May 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

I love this! This dress is so lovely dear Anika, I love that you sew too and so creative. You own the va va boom beauty, & the photos are gorgeous! -xxoo I also nominate you as my sunshine blogger see here: *For you!
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byanika 25 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thank you so much my lovely friend, you are so kind. Thank you so much for the award! I truly appreciate it, and you. Love you lots!


26 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar May 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

My dear Anika, I have no end of scarfs, and I never know what to do with them. So I might dare an make somthing like you.
I am off to check your bolero now.
Much love my dear, dear frien.
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byanika 27 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Darling Sacramento, if you do I would love to see and feature you here! I hope you are enjoying your weekend back home. Hugs and kisses!


28 m.fayNo Gravatar May 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

love this post!

thanks for your comments on amateur couture. so happy to have you inspired…you must inspire a lot of people on here. happy blogging. xoM.Fay
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29 Laura ConnellNo Gravatar May 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

This is absolutely amazing! I’m not sure if I can pull it off but I’m going to give it a shot. I feel like you could make this into a business. People could send you their scarves and you could transform them for $$
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May 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I wish I had the patience/creativity/motivation to actually do this. You look as va va voom as you feel! ;)
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31 YleniaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

that’s quite a nice idea, a scarf turned top, a poncho I would say!! Lovely :-)

from longuette


32 vanessaNo Gravatar
May 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Awesome DIY project, you look completely fab Anikal!!
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33 DAKOTANo Gravatar May 29, 2011 at 1:44 am

Hey Anika!!!!! Darling! Hope you’re well!!!! :) :) Sorry I haven’t commented in ages, I am here readin’ you though!!!!

Arohanui Dakota xoxoxoxoox

p.s LOVE that print
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34 AmbujiNo Gravatar May 29, 2011 at 4:53 am

Anika I did not know you were so creative! I absolutely love the dress, especially the bottom part creates the contrast and I love the cool glasses you are wearing. Imagine sewing and wearing your own dress!! My grandmother was the principal of a craft school most of her life. She taught me a little to knit and sew and till today when I hem my clothes short (which is most of them haha) I think of her and miss her!! Muahhh
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35 Absolutely Mrs. KNo Gravatar May 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

how do you do it! i wish i had the skills to change my clothing!! but unfortunately i don’t. love the clash of the prints so so much. the blue looks so fresh and bright. perfect for spring. i love the delicate fabric, it looks amazing. very well done girl
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36 LauraNo Gravatar
May 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Cool tutorial! How would you take in the dress, though, if it’s too big around the waist? Just add a belt or something, or do you mean by sewing? I’ve never made a dress from a scarf before!
That’s a lovely dress! :)
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byanika 37 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Hi sweet Laura! Thank you for your comment. To take in the dress a belt would be good, or you could put your dress on inside out and use needles to take it in before you sew it. That is intuitive sewing for you lol :D Hugs.


38 Best Of Palm BeachNo Gravatar
May 30, 2011 at 1:14 am

Amazing you are so creative!!! I have an Oscar De La Renta scarf I didn’t know what to do with…..until NOW! I will probably reach out when I get stuck…but thank you thank you thank you for sharint this!

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byanika 39 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Do give it a try, and do reach out honey! I would SO love to see what you do with your scarf! Big hugs.


40 MyFavouriteThingsNo Gravatar May 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Ahhh – super idè! Tenker det blir en selvsydd strandtunika eller to til sommeren, inspired by Anika:)
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byanika 41 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Åh, herlig! Hvis du gjør det vil jeg veldig gjerne se! Klem :)


42 PollyNo Gravatar June 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Great tutorial! Will definitely be trying this out soon! :)


43 Heather FonsecaNo Gravatar
June 4, 2011 at 6:01 am

Oh my gosh, I’m so structured! Sewing patterns and all that. I’ve never thought of just using a couple of scarves but I might have to try!
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44 JosieNo Gravatar June 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

Great job on the dress!! And those sunglasses are perfection!!!
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