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We’ve said this already but spring is in the air, and with these budding times come proms, graduations, formals, weddings and parties. That’s right, it’s time to look glamourous again. This week I am featuring a project created by a special man who thoughtfully brings to pass FREE pattern-drafting tutorials on his blog Weekend Designer and shares them with the public. How divine.

The patterns on Weekend Designer are created from or inspired by designer items. By scrolling through the blog you will get the gist. I was so pleased to come across the Satin Stole posting, finding this the perfect, make-in-under-an-hour project to crown your formal wardrobe in a personalised manner. You can visit his blog to pursue the free, step-by-step stole making tutorial by clicking HERE.

I took it upon myself to make my own satin stole (pictured above left). Ok, I’ll be honest. I cut corners. I made my slit opening as one would make a machine-made button hole. I did not follow the instructions to create the finely faced slit as plotted on WD. Upon testing the instructions however, the only major difference between Weekend Designer’s pattern instructions and the stole pictured on the right (courtesy of Maggy London) is the length. If you’d like your stole to be longer than mine, I would add about 30 inches to the total length. That would mean either creating a seam in the stole (as I marked above in red) or finding a fabric which exceeds 60 inches in width.

Lustrous satin fabric shapes an elegant wrap designed with a pull-through slit opening for easy adjustability.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 yd. (0.90 m) of satin fashion fabric, 60″ wide
  • Coordinating thread
  • Small patch of fusible interfacing
  • Fray Check ® fabric sealant

Good luck, and thank you Don (from Weekend Designer). And my humble apologies for originally referring to WD as a she, I was coming down with a cold and my head was quite fuzzy…my tail’s between my legs.

9 Comments

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    Nov 17, 2010, 11.07 PMby nicaban

    beautiful and so simple!

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    Aug 8, 2009, 05.34 PMby auschick

    I made this a few months ago and i love it! I would agree that it needs to be longer. Also, the instructions for the button hole completely confused me, but I got there in the end. Doing a regular button hole, i’m sure, would be fine.

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    Aug 8, 2009, 07.45 AMby max712

    My daughter is going to a wedding in the states and I may have a go at making this it looks really good!

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    Apr 23, 2009, 06.19 AMby sewverytall

    Very pretty stole, especially made from satin. You could certainly run your pattern pieces the other direction without affecting the design or drape of the stole. There is really no difference in lengthwise or crosswise grain on satin. Then you could make it as long as you want. I would buy extra fabric to make a matching evening bag. If you wonder how long you’d like your stole, just grab a piece of woven fabric from your stash and wrap it around yourself to see. Thanks for letting us know about Don’s site…and thank you to Don.

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    Apr 22, 2009, 12.57 PMby bnat202002

    Once the idea of a great and beautiful

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    Apr 21, 2009, 03.28 PMby glorialavonne

    Lovely. If you cut the stole in the other direction it might not lay as the designer of the orginal made it to be. However buying more fabric allows you to make matching gloves, bag, and hair piece. Put this with Nora’s dress in that stunning effect has heads turning. HMMMM Very lovely.

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    Apr 21, 2009, 12.29 PMby kimberlyerin

    If you cut the fabric the other way, you’d have to buy more yardage, right? And then might not have a use for what’s left over.

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    Apr 20, 2009, 05.48 AMby buzzybee

    Why not cut out the pattern from the fabric in the other direction, no seam would be needed and you could make your stole as long as you want. Or am I missing something?

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    Apr 16, 2009, 09.57 PMby nehmah

    Thanks Laurie, I was beginning to give serious thought about a visit to the ophthalmologist. I was sure the WK Designer was male. Whoever he is, I love this blog. It is the only one I read through every update. Nehmah

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