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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.
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Step 1: Supplies needed

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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

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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.
I've been saving ties forever to make a dress someday but since I don't sew too often I wasn't too sure how to do it. I can't wait to try this!
bajablue2 years ago
So clever... and beautiful, too!
elewis032 years ago
That's incredible! And I'm sure it took a lot of work. Great job!