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
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.
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.
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.
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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