How to make a fancy shawl dress

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How to make a fancy shawl dress
Two shawls can be sewn together for a fancy dress. (girl in shawl image by Alexander Zhiltsov from

The pashmina shawl is a popular accessory scarf or wrap and is readily available in a variety of colours, patterns and fabrics. By combining two identical shawls with some uncomplicated sewing, you can create a fancy dress with a fringed hem and some beaded trim that is perfect for a party. The unconstructed nature of the shawl dress also lends itself to use as a fancy swimming costume cover up for some elegant and stylish resort-wear.

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Things you need

  • Two identical pashmina shawls
  • Tape measure
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • 3-yards beaded fringe attached to seam binding
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Pin together the long edges of two shawls, right sides facing each other. Mark a section with pins that measures 20-inches at the centre of the edges for a head opening.

  2. 2

    Sew a straight stitch 1/4-inch from the edges, connecting the shawls, stopping at the marked head opening from one bottom shawl end. Repeat from the opposite end.

  3. 3

    Fold the sewn together shawls in half, lengthwise, right sides facing each other. Pin from the bottom end to 12-inches from the fold on both edges for armhole openings. Sew 1/4-inch seams.

  4. 4

    Turn the shawl dress to the right side. Cut the beaded fringe to two 24-inch lengths and one 40-inch length. Hand-sew the seam binding connected to the fringe around the neck and arm openings of the completed shawl dress.

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