Every now and then, when I’m in Paris, I see something I just can’t live without. It’s probably a good thing that it doesn’t happen too often, but this one grabbed me….
I was out walking one chilly afternoon, and saw a number of beautiful scarves in the window of a boutique on the Boulevard Saint Germain. I kept on walking, but on my way back, I couldn’t help but go in…and this is the one I fell in love with. The scarf is a creation of Paris-based fashion house Alexandra Sojfer.
The owner told me only a few are produced every year…and this was my favorite.
A piece of Chantilly lace has been felted to the scarf – it’s first been machine-stitched into place, along the top and bottom edges (zig-zagging along the top, straight-stitching along the bottom). You can see how the felting process has distorted the grain of the scarf a little bit (it’s very light-weight, and I’m not sure of the fiber content, but I’d guess some sort of a combination of wool, silk and maybe cashmere).
I’ve no idea how difficult it would be to replicate this – but I found it to be a very clever – and beautiful – way to combine the lace and the fabric.