Yo-Yo Silk Jacket

Yo-Yo Silk Jacket

Yo-Yo Silk Jacket

What do we do with our silk blouses left over from a former business life? I made a yo-yo silk jacket! Once you start cutting into old silk blouses, you’ll never look at your wardrobe the same way again!

The Clover Yo Yo Maker is indispensable to control the slippery silk. I added some red and purple yo-yos for visual/design integrity and spent lots of time watching movies while I made yo-yos.

The jacket design is simple. It’s a big pile of yo-yos sewn together in rectangles. Then I sewed the rectangles together. Stitching the yo-yos together in just four places (top, bottom, left, right or north, south, east, west) leaves space between the circles for a lacey effect. It is important, therefore, to stitch the yo-yos to one another securely. You want the jacket to hold together while you wear it, after all.

Four or five whip stitches at each intersection, if sewn with strong thread, will hold the garment together. You can play with the layout of the gathered circles before stitching to create different designs. You could arrange the yo-yos to create stripes, zig zags or swirls. Use high contrast colors for a vibrant fashion statement or lower contrast gradations for a subtle, blending effect.

Yo-Yo Silk Jacket

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