I like the way neckties are perfect for a dress or skirt. The shape lends itself to a flare if several are sewn together. Most ties are made from silky type fabrics, some in very pretty designs and colors. I asked friends to donate neckties they no longer wanted, I also found several at my local thrift shop. It took me awhile to get 30 ties, but I managed to get some really interesting ones! Some of the ties I got were the clip on kind. At first, I thought I wouldn't be able to use these, because I needed a 30" length for the skirt section of the dress. But I decided to take them apart and incorporate them into the patchwork bodice. I have seen a shorter version of this and also an ankle length necktie dress. I entered this in the local Recycle Art Show and won a first place ribbon! I spent about $10 total on the dress, you may have to spend more if you have to purchase the ties for about $1 each at thrift shops.
Step 1: Supplies needed
I used about 30 neckties, 5 or 6 mens white dress shirts for the bottom ruffle, an old white cotton dress for the underskirt, a 22" zipper, sewing machine, thread, embroidery floss (optional) an iron, scissors, seam ripper and straight pins. I found an old pattern at the thrift shop for the top portion of the dress.
Step 2: Take apart ties
Neckties are cut on the bias which can make them a little difficult to sew. Using a seam ripper, take out the stitching on the back of the ties. Remove the stiffener and iron the ties.where the tie is folded, leave 1/2" on each side of this and cut, this is for the seam allowance.