There was a fad in the 1930s for turning scarves of all sorts, but particularly souvenir scarves, into simple resort-wear halter tops
Inspired by this fashion, I made myself a quick and easy scarf halter to wear at Napier’s Art Deco Weekend.
Photographs of 1930s scarf tops show a whole range of scarf shirt styles, but I made mine with a gathered top and a fair amount of back overlap, for maximum skin coverage, and so it can be worn over a bra.
It was super easy, and very satisfying. Here’s how to make one for yourself.
You will need:
– A scarf where the length of a side is at least as long as your waist measurement (or, in a pinch, a square of hemmed fabric with this measurement, with edges finished).
– A meter of ribbon or cord for your neck tie.
Start with your scarf:
Fold it in half diagonally, right sides together:
Draw a line across the corner, 20cm/8″ down each edge from the corner.
Using a safety pin, thread your ribbon or cord through the channel:
And here’s the finished product:
You can either tie it in back:
Or fasten it with a brooch, if you’d like to be able to wear it over a bra:
I pinned the brooch through my bra strap as well, for extra security:
There are lots of other variants shown in old photos, and described in period magazine tutorials, so you can get creative and customise the look to your own taste and needs.
If you have lots of patience you can sew rings to the top:
If your scarf has distinct borders, a halter that really showed them off, like the one on the lady in white trousers in the second Cote D’Azure postcard, is a good option – especially if you have a smaller scarf.
Jill at Adeline’s Attic made a cute version of this look.
With a large scarf you can achieve this double-tied version: