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This gives detailed instructions on how to make a sturdy, non-fraying necktie skirt, which is flattering to every figure.

All you need to know is how to use a sewing machine to straight-stitch and zig-zag... I'll explain everything else in detail!

I've got a few up for sale on Etsy... or you can just look at them as examples.
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Step 1: Deciding on Size

Determine your hip size by having someone wrap a measuring tape comfortably snugly around the fullest part of your hips. Round that number up to the next inch. Similarly, determine your waist size, except measure around the smallest part of the waist.

Now, how long do you want your skirt? If you want it SHORTER than 30" long, take your hip size and divide by three. Round up to an integer. That is about how many ties you'll need for the body of the skirt. If you want it LONGER than 30", take your hip size and divide by two. Round up to an integer. That is about how many ties you'll need for the body of the skirt.

Step 2: Gathering Your Supplies

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Gather however many ties you decided you needed in the previous step. I find that asking cute older men for their cast-offs is a great way to start a conversation, although they tend to get confused when you just take their ties off of them without even asking!

It's good to have a few extra ties. I recommend using only 100% silk or silk blend ties for them to hang the best.

You will also need:

sewing machine
iron and ironing board
presscloth (a scrap of cotton fabric will work)
source of electricity
water spritzer (filled with water)
seam ripper
tape measure (hopefully you've still got the one you measured your waist with)
ruler or straightedge
good sewing scissors

1/2" or 3/4" non-roll elastic a few inches longer than your waist size
all-purpose thread in the dominant color of the skirt (if your colors are schizophrenic, just use black or white)
non-bulky seam reinforcing tape/web (not shown in this picture, sorry!)
egglady5 years ago
My daughter used your instructions to make a tie skirt for a 4-H project. Her skirt goes to the State Fair for construction and for the style review. Thanks for the clear directions and pictures!
I'm making this for my Recycling project for 4-H...and so far its turning out really cool....
i'm in 4-H too. What state are you in? In Illinois they only let us do the style review or construction. Thats cool how they can do both. I went to the state fair for style review last year and it was really FUN!
mollyjane6 years ago
Hey thanks for this site! the skirts are awesome! just hope I can do as good a job as you!
Lochana6 years ago
I love it!!! Thanks for the info!
This is wonderful! Wish I could sew. This is such a good idea. I'd wear one of these. :)
ahah! thats funny my sister did the same thing umm...5 or 6 years ago for wacky dressing day at School! lol she has been saving ties that were so cool for so long just to do it!
two2blue (author)  !Andrew_Modder!7 years ago
Wacky dressing day? I think I'm offended! :) I've bought out thrift stores in two cities...
lol, hey its not ordanary to see people walk around with ties for pants :-P
canida7 years ago
Looks nice!
If you'd like to add this to the Etsy Sew Useful contest, just add it to the Etsy group.