I have a passion for scarves and I’ve got a lot. Some belonged to my mother, some to my great aunt, some have been presents, and a couple I have just found on the tube. Of course I have also bought a fair few in charity shops. The colours and patterns are so vibrant and the fabric so silky and luxurious.
I bought this one for £1 specifically for a refashion but I did wear it as a scarf a few times first – it deserved that respect.
The label says its ‘satin rayon’ and its from ‘St Michael’, the brand seen on older Marks and Spencer items. Made in Italy. I estimate 1975 as its year of manufacture give or take 10 years.
The label was faded so I didn’t photograph it.
The shirt I sourced from ‘the other side of the wardrobe’, with permission of course. It’s a nice sunny yellow with a very small check pattern and the fabric, although 100% cotton ‘easy iron’ is quite thin and partially transparent, but it does look the same both sides which is helpful. I estimate its year of manufacture to be 1995, made in Macau (China}.
After toying with a number of ideas, I decided to use a pattern used in a previous refashion to marry up these 2 garments.
The scarf would take the central front panel and sleeves, but I was going to modify the sleeves to be handkerchief type ones so I could make the most of the scarf shape.
The shirt would take the rest of the pieces. I had to use practically all of the shirt fabric to get all the pieces in.
I could probably have made the whole thing in one day but I started a bit late and when mistakes started creeping in I decided to sleep on it and finish the next day.
The scarf even enjoyed a trip back to its home country, on the rooftops of Milan cathedral.
I think I’m done with this pattern now though, time to move on.