DIY Pashmina Refashion – Number 2

Ok, so onto the second of my 3 pashmina refashions! This one is similar to the black one in technique; except that instead of having the selvedges running down the side seams, the whole thing is rotated 90 degrees. So the selvedges on this tunic style top, run horizontally across the neckline and hem. So the only “finishing required on this make, are hemming the sleeves and finishing the side seam allowances…

The length of this top was dictated by the width of the pashmina, selvedge to selvedge. The width was a calculation of my bust measurement + 3″ of ease + seam allowance. I divided this measurement by 2 and, with the pashmina folded in half (the folded edge is on the left of the pic and the selvedges run across the top & bottom of the pic) marked out the resulting square with chalk on my pashmina….

Cutting along the chalk lines I was left with 2 squares laying right sides together….
At this point I would urge you to learn from my mistakes and finish your side seams before beginning construction because it’s a bit of a pig to do it afterwards!

Using hole reinforcers I marked the positions of the neck and armhole openings (as per the black one)….

Construction is as follows:

1) Sew shoulder seams and press seam allowances open (no need to finish seam allowances as this part is the selvedge)
2) Sew side seams from armhole opening down to hem and press open (hopefully you’ll have already finished the seam allowances! Check out the fraying below!))
3) As you press the side seam allowances open the sleeve hems will naturally follow as they are an extension of the side seams. Press sleeve hems over all the way around and topstitch down.
4) You don’t need to finish the hem because it’s a selvedge. But you could turn it under and topstitch down for a neater finish.


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  1. Louise Perry September 18, 2013

    I love this, it looks really comfy. Thank you for sharing your ‘how to’. I hope to have a go at this. I have my eyes peeled in the local charity shops.

  2. Helen September 18, 2013

    I have a couple of pashminas that I never use and I want some new shirts, so this seems like an ideal project. I wonder how it would look if you used the fabric on the bias? I guess I should wait until your third tutorial comes out before posing that question… you just might cover it 🙂

  3. EmSewCrazy September 19, 2013

    This looks super comfy. I’ve got to get to a thrift store and pick some of these up.

  4. flossiejamieson September 19, 2013

    This looks so stylish, and the colour is amazing next to your hair. All round brilliant, and super quick too! I will be moving this closer to the top of my to do list!

  5. Charlene Joan Sant September 20, 2013

    I would have added those frills to the edge of the top! ^_^

  6. Madalynne September 24, 2013

    What a great and easy DIY – I have a lot of pashmina’s that I need to do something with.

  7. Nic January 9, 2016

    Thank you for this tutorial, I’ve just made my first one and love how simple this is.


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