How to custom fit a hip scarf

written by Melissa on December 1, 2013 in Costuming for any size with 2 comments
plus size hip scarf

“One size fits all!” the tag says. In response, I say “Bull.”

What you’ll need:
2  matching velvet hipscarves
Matching thread
Needle
Pins
Scissors

Time it’ll take you: ~ 20 minutes

At one point, it was easier to find hipscarves in larger sizes than it was to find them smaller sizes. Now, the reverse is true. Every time I go to look for a cute hipscarf that is big enough to fit my full hips, I’m left with chintzy chiffon ones. I have looked high and low for cute velvet hipscarves that will cover my hips evenly. One year, I ended up simply buying 2 hipscarves and finagled a knotting situation. It worked, but it was a major pain to get in and out of and then I STILL had to pin them in place. After that experience, I decided to do something different. I wanted something more permanent. I wanted to be able to pick up my hipscarf like my classmates and tie it on my hips like my classmates and not have it just completely come apart. I am now going to share with you the solution I have found, so you can avoid the frustration of having a gap (whether it’s a small gap or a large gap) and add extra noise!

1. Acquire 2 velvet hipscarves. (I’ve tried the chiffon, but the chiffon takes a lot more work because of the material. It is not very forgiving when it is cut. If you do decide to use the chiffon, make sure you use plenty of Fray-Check.)

2. Place the hipscarves on your hips to see where they line up. You’ll want to make sure there’s a small gap (about an inch) because once you start dancing, I find that it stretches out a bit (or the knot loosens up) and tends to fall off. Pin the hipscarves together where they overlap. I like to make sure to pin them together at the part where the ties start.

Place the hipscarves on your hips to see where they line up.

My fingers are pointing to where the pins are. Pardon the tick marks on my arm, this photo was taken on Halloween.

My fingers are pointing to where the pins are. Pardon the tick marks on my arm, this photo was taken on Halloween.

3. Take off the hipscarves and inspect the lines. Sometimes, there are extra decorations and you’ll want to line them up as much as possible. The idea here is to make it look like one single hipscarf, not two.

4. I hand stitch these because the area is so small that it would take longer to pull out the sewing machine. a.) Typically, I like to do a basic stitch just under the upper band because it doesn’t show as much and will still allow for the coins to move around. b.) Then, I do a quick whip-stitch on the top to help keep things looking neat and tidy (the only bits that I want flopping around are the coins!)

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5. Carefully, remove two of the ties so that you are left with just the normal 2 ties. I try to cut right under the coins so there is no extra velvet hanging out. Save the ties to a make a matching headband!

Carefully, remove two of the ties Carefully, remove two of the ties so that you are left

6. Inspect to ensure that everything is the way you want it to look. It’s best to find out now while you still have everything out. Try it on, make sure it’s not going anywhere.
Inspect to ensure that everything is the way you want it to look.
7. Now to make the matching headband, pin together those two extra ties so that the ends are equal in length. Sew as close to the edge as you can get and as tightly as possible. Then, you can tie it around your head with the coins dangling in the back. I have a large head so this should work for most people.
Make the matching headband
8. Have fun dancing with your new hipscarf!Have fun dancing with your new hip scarf!

 

This article originally appeared on sahinabellydance.com on November 11, 2013. Used with permission.

About Melissa

Melissa began belly dancing seriously in 2010. In January of 2013, she joined the Crescent Dancers, a professional dance troupe located in western Massachusetts. Around that time, she started reading about Health at Every Size through Ragen Chastain’s website "Dances with Fat." Through this philosophy, she has learned to accept her body as it is, a fat body that can do some pretty awesome things. She also hopes that she is able to spread some of the love to random women she meets at her job, working at a major clothing company.