Maybe it was all the time I recently spent with my new darling niece, Maddie, that made me want to make something with ruffles for myself. I was totally salivating when Maddie's mom (my SIL), Kim, showed me all of the sweet little things she's made for her daughter. My favorite item Kim sewed up for Baby Maddie is a little navy ruffled hoodie. So cute! Anyways, I had been wanting to make this scarf from MADE, and I figured I could do it with jersey - I even found this beautiful jersey print on the clearance rack at JoAnn's (Please pardon the freakish modeling of the scarf - I think I need a dress form!).
ruffle scarf #2
Let me tell you, it is so comfy. I love it. And, I better love it because it was an arduous task to make this little sucker. I can't pinpoint the exact cause of my battle with this project, but I suspect one (or all) of three things: 1) jersey is kind of hard to work with - at least for me, 2) haste - I need to slow down, but sometimes I get too excited when a project nears completion 3) fatigue - this is actually a certainty, not a possibility.
So here is where I admit that this scarf pictured above is actually a redo. I made the first one on Mother's Day. It got stuck in my machine about three times and the scarf is stained with my tears of frustration as a result (not really - it is totally free of stains). I was very pleased with how the second one came out (above), even though I caught the ruffles in my stitching not once, not twice... but FIVE TIMES! See, I totally need to slow down.
Pictured here is the original. THIS IS THE GIVEAWAY SCARF! The reason I chose to redo the scarf is because I opted to use a white ribbon to secure all of the gathers. I thought I would like the ribbon look, but I not too crazy about it. Check it out...
But as you can see from my lovely sunshine-y modeling job of scarf #1 above, the ribbon hardly shows when you are wearing it. Plus, it is more ruffley than than the redo scarf. When I went for scarf trial #2, I attempted again (with no success) to use the elastic thread in my machine. When I gave up on that, I decided just to use a strip of the jersey to secure the gathers, and I liked that look better, even though the ruffle volume wasn't the same. But, I'm happy with my redo, anyways.
After all that blah, blah, blah about this project, would you still like to warm you neck with my reject scarf? Because, it is still pretty cute! I would actually totally keep it if it wasn't made with the exact same material as my redo scarf. Yep, scarf #1 would look good on you... you should totally enter the giveaway. Here's how:
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2. Leave me a comment to this post.
3. Check back on Friday afternoon - that's when I'll use a random number generator and select the winner!
If you win, I'll contact you for your mailing info and send you your new scarf!