For Mother's Day one of the gifts my daughters Chelsey and Jamie gave me was this beautiful crinkled cotton scarf from Anthropologie. The scarf has a tiny little pom pom trim on the edges. It is made from cotton lawn fabric, a perfect summer weight scarf. I really like it and I wore it yesterday. We are kind of a scarf wearing family and I've always wanted to make some light-weight scarfs for myself out of cotton.
This close up shows you why this fabric makes a perfect scarf, other than the beautiful colors and prints. It is the same on the front as in the back of the fabric, an essential part of a good scarf.
Lawn fabric, if you are unfamiliar with it, is a sheer cotton high quality fabric. Liberty of London fabric is known for beautiful cotton lawn prints. At $36.00/yard it isn't a fabric most people have on hand in a quantity suitable for making a scarf, nor can we afford that. Here is a Liberty print above that I got from Natalie for a past birthday. It is very vintage looking and a sweet novelty pattern with the feel only a good cotton lawn can provide. But it isn't a print that would be perfect for a scarf since the back is like most fabrics, a faded lighter image of the front side and I only have a bit of it anyway.
The fabric on the left was also another tiny piece of Liberty given to me by Natalie. Both are beautiful and sheer
But the blue print would be excellent for a scarf since it has the same print on the front and back. Too bad I only have a few inches of this one. It really is lovely.
A couple years ago (I think) Moda came out with a line called London Lawn. The line is filled with pretty light prints patterned similar to the Liberty fabric. But it isn't quite as sheer and it definitely does not have a see through front to back quality.
If I used this to make a light-weight scarf I'd have to line it with something very light weight too. Kind of defeating the purpose of a summer scarf.
Here is a print from Bolt 44. It is a lawn-like fabric in a print that would make a fun scarf. But again, same issue as the Moda lawns.I scoured my shelves for some super light weight see through type fabric like a lawn but also known as a cotton voile. Do you remember voile dresses from the 60s? I sure do. I had a really cute pink one with lace trim. Both of these Japanese prints above are what I would consider cotton voile. But I have less than a fat quarter in the one and an odd scrap size in the other. They would really make lovely scarves though I think.
This yellow and gray floral I have just enough of to make a scarf. It is more of a voile weight than lawn. I will have to find some trim and make this into a scarf. I will need to french seam half way into the scarf but since that will hit my neck I'm not too worried about it.
Here is another "off my shelf " fabric. You can see the back side is slightly lighter than the front side but I think I can get away with that. More trim needed and a french seam as well.Here is one of the first non-kitchen prints I purchased of vintage fabric. I've had it for ages. I am sure it is from the 60s. Like the previous fabric it is very slightly lighter on the back side but I've always imagined this as a beautiful scarf, especially since it is a border print. Again, I'll have to french seam this very small quantity of fabric but I do have enough to just barely make it. Finding the right trim for the edges will be important.I think the colors are lovely and the fabric is so light and perfect for a summer scarf to add an accessory to an outfit. I sure wish I had some of that wonderful cotton voile that was on my mother's fabric shelves in the 60's. Oh if 'd have only known! But as a kid I'd never have wanted to make a scarf no less wear one!