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DIY scarf top (and new hair)

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Last week, bloggy friend Sandra of madam0wl posted about a top she made out of two bandanas, which was partly inspired by this very top I’m wearing here! Unbelievably, I hadn’t worn this top since September 2007, before I even had the blog! Shocking neglect of such a fab thing! So I dug it out again and here it is.

The scarf top is pretty much the easiest DIY project imaginable, all you need is two identically-sized scarves, a needle and some thread. Handsew three of the edges together right at the edges, leaving a hole in the middle for the head at the top edge and a hole at the top for the arms on the side edges. And that is literally it.

As you can see, my scarves were bigger than Sandra’s, so my top is a little wider and longer, which makes it sit in a slouchier way and therefore really needs a belt to stop me looking whale-like. I might make one with smaller scarves! Or I might try using a different, less slinky, fabric if I can find some nice cotton scarves.

The other thing worthy of note in today’s post is my hair. I’m so happy with it! I was so sick of my long hair, it was in an atrocious state, so I got it chopped. I think it makes me look younger, and I’m not quite decided whether it’s younger in a good way, or younger in a teenager type way. I would be happy to be mistaken for a 25 year old (I’m 30), but maybe not so much an 18 year old, which I think could happen now from far away.

Outfit stats:
* top – I made it
* top under – vero moda
* belt – charity shop
* jeans – h&m. They are getting lots of wear at the moment!
* shoes – clarks originals
* coat – zara
* scarf – I made it

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  • Debi 23 November 2011, 8:14 am

    What a brilliant idea!!! Love the new hair too!
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  • Jacqueline 23 November 2011, 9:29 am

    your hair is great and the scarf idea is fab! ^^
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  • biba 23 November 2011, 10:09 am

    Great idea for the top, I remember it from one of your old posts. And I think your new hair looks gorgeous!
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  • Vix 23 November 2011, 10:29 am

    That is absolutely brilliant! I’m totally inspired to make my own as I have a ludicrous amount of scarves.
    Your hair looks so pretty like that, it really suits you. x
    PS Loved the clutter post, I’m behind with commenting this week. Minimal is so clinical and dull. A home should be filled with eclectic finds to reflect the people who live there, not look like a magazine shoot. I’d love to rummage around your pad, you have fab taste. x
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  • SACRAMENTO 23 November 2011, 11:38 am

    Brilliant!!!I have about 20 scarfs, and I don´t know what to do with them, so I shall try your idea, and see.
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  • madam0wl 23 November 2011, 5:39 pm

    Still love the top! And the hair looks great! I’d say younger in a good way. 🙂

    I wonder how big your scarves were that you used? I think I might like a slouchier/silkier version myself. These cotton bandanas were 23″ x 23″, although one was an inch or two longer in length, so I just evened them up by working the excess into the armhole area. Tricia had a great idea of sewing two to the bottom, front and back, and making a dress!

    Thanks again for the inspiration!
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  • Alli 23 November 2011, 5:42 pm

    LOVE this outfit, and your new haircut! It looks so fresh! I don’t think it overly youngifies you. I’m going to try this scarf shirt idea, it just looks so chic and funky at the same time.

  • Marie 23 November 2011, 6:55 pm

    Tres cute, The top and the hair!

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  • Sadie 23 November 2011, 7:51 pm

    I really like your hair that length, and I don’t think it makes you look too young – it really suits you.
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  • Veronica Darling 23 November 2011, 7:57 pm

    Love it all! AND are they wedge heels? FRANCA in heels!

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    • Franca 23 November 2011, 8:02 pm

      They’re not really heels, only lickle ones! I wear them all the time for going out!

  • Carina 23 November 2011, 8:24 pm

    Oh ich liebe es dass du immer so fröhlich-bunt angezogen bist 🙂 Und die Haare sehen auch super aus!
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  • eyeliah 24 November 2011, 12:10 am

    Oh the hair is super cute 🙂
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  • Rebecca 24 November 2011, 12:44 am

    The short ‘do looks great on you!

  • Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog 24 November 2011, 9:33 pm

    Love the scarf top and your new haircut. I definitely would love for people to mistake me for an 18 year old although I am sure that will never happen. I have lots of scarves so may give this DIY a go.
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  • Megan Mae 25 November 2011, 4:38 am

    What a super cool idea! Pinning for future reference.

  • Rhianne 25 November 2011, 9:32 am

    How pretty is your hair Franca, you look lovely!! I wouldn’t ID you if thats what you are worried about, you look great!

    I love the idea of a scarf top too, I actually bought a lovely scarf just because I really liked the fabric which I’ve put aside for future use, so maybe I can use it for that.
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  • Bella Q 1 December 2011, 6:45 pm

    What an awesome top! And it’s so easy I might ACTUALLY do this! Brilliant!

    And I love your new sassy hair do!
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  • FASHION TALES 1 December 2011, 6:50 pm

    Way to go clever lady … I love the prints!

  • z 4 December 2011, 10:57 pm

    …er, very unflattering and ugly. You’re very pretty and cute and this top is not. :/

  • Samar 5 December 2011, 8:10 pm

    How clever… I’m obsessed with scarves and will have to try this!
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