I found some fabric in the ‘ends’ bin that I had to have. The labels in these bins always say “100% unknown fibre content” which makes them all sound so mysterious and exotic, but it is very likely 100% polyester satin. However, one side is a smooth pale green and the other side is a pale textured aqua with a sheen and it could very easily pass for dupioni silk!
I didn’t have a lot of the fabric and wanted to showcase both sides of it, so I made a scarf. I cut a rectangle, double folded the hems on all four sides, about 0.5 cm (quarter-inch) and added some machine embroidery along both short ends. My machine is not fancy in this regard but there are a few options to choose from. If you look closely, you can see the one I selected consists of tiny rectangles joined together to form a herringbone line. Since the material is thin, the larger satin stitches I tried on it made it pucker too much. I have since bought water-soluble backing to use in future machine embroidery projects to see if that makes a difference.
I added some fabric yo-yo’s (remember yo-yo’s?) as embellishment in different sizes, using both sides of the fabric. I also sewed on some matte aqua buttons in the centres of some of the yo-yo’s. On the opposite sides of the yo-yo’s, I attached some coordinating buttons. This was to provide some stability as well as disguise the thread used to attach the yo-yos to the scarf. I wasn’t sure how else to do this, so I chose the buttons. If you know of an alternative method, please let me know.
And, voila, a scarf! I think it makes polyester look far more elegant than it probably should.