I've wanted to make a dress out of ties for a long time. But I've seen clothes made out of ties- and they're sort of cool, but you can't get around the fact that it's just a bunch of ties sewn together. And when all's said and done, they look pretty tacky- a mess of colors and mishmash of patterns.

I wanted to make a dress out of silk ties that was beautiful in its own right- sure, it's cool that it's made of ties. Yes, thrift store ties are a fun/cheap way to get silk. But even if you don't care for dresses made of ties, I hope that you like this dress because it's beautiful and has a compelling design.

Please comment and let me know what you think- I'd love to see different versions of this type of dress!

Step 1: Gather Ties

Pretty much every thrift store has these.
Try to get the 100% silk ones.

Alternately, have someone with a lot of ties purge their closet.

I used eight ties. You may need more or less depending on your dimensions. You should be able to estimate this by measuring the width of each tie about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom, doubling it, and making sure that all of them added together is bigger than your hip measurement (assuming that is your maximum dimension).
<p>Fantastic work! I think what you created looks perfect. I think if someone else did this and preferred not to have the accent stripe, that they might make a belt out of a tie pretty quickly, but this halter does not need a belt, of course, with that georgous stripe.</p>
<p>This is so great!! You're very talented. :)</p>
I love it!
its a beauty girl =)
Honestly the best anything made of ties I have ever seen! It turned out amazing. :D
Thanks Jessy!

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