Friday, October 01, 2004

How to make a necktie skirt

Here is how to make a necktie skirt....aren't you glad you asked? Start with about 15 ties for a 29 or 30-inch waist. Set one aside for the waistband. Cut each tie about 16 inches long for a not-too-short mini skirt. IMPORTANT: locate and draw up the basting thread used in the construction of the tie to sew the back seam. Seal off this thread by stitching across the top of each tie about 1/4 inch from the top cut edge. Arrange the ties to please. Stitch them together starting at the bottom with a solid bartack then use a decorative triple zigzag. I use the #7 stitch on my Bernina Artista, finish the top with another bartack. Join fourteen ties together, checking for fit. Add a 9-inch skirt zipper between the last two ties (zipper goes in back.) Stitch up the seam below the zipper, finishing with a bartack. Topstitch around the entire top unfinished edge of the skirt. The last tie is for your waistband. Baste first, then topstitch the front long edge. Fold the tie over to the inside and handstitch. Tie the ends of the tie into a modified windsor knot to cover the zipper in back. DONE. This is a brief explanation and if anyone has any questions please write - thanks for reading my blog.

8 comments:

David Bong said...

Hello.

Came across your blog. Glad to know of one designer who is willing to share her knowledge to the whole world. Keep it up sister... and may you continue to be a blessing to others.

Mike A said...

The tie skirts make great gifts for the teen who wants to dress up just a little bit differently from the rest. My nieces loved these, and so did everyone they came across.

Anonymous said...

WOW! That rose one is really pretty. I'm 15.5 and have gotten into sewing over the past few years with help from my mu. Now make and reconstruct clothing on my own. I saw a skirt out of ties on another site but needed directions and ended up finding this! And the pink on is prettier, but there's directions! My dad gave me tons of old ties and I'm so excited! Two more days until my school ends and I can try it!! Thanks so much for the help.

Barb S. said...

I am a partner in a resale shop in Hilliard, Ohio. We have been making necktie skirts for while. We have created several styles including a wrap skirt. In the spring we created a mermaid style prom dress. Collecting neckties can be addictive as there are so many interesting fabrics and patterns. We are currently offering some on Etsy at shesu2008.

vic said...

I also am really excited to find someone so helpful. I am concerned with the natural flare of a mans tie that the top would need to be spaced some or maybe it would pull in the hips. Perhaps i could sew it onto a slip to hide the gaps. have you found any adjustments you can make to ensure it falls smoothly. I am really excited to try this out but am not very experienced any hints would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

arinenHi Laura S -
I'm Cindy F from Scottsdale, prof de francais at Saguaro. I have been wanting to make this skirt for the longest time - never any time. I will get some ties and give it a whirl. I may need more help tho'. Have a great summer.

Crystelle said...

I think this is a great post. Very easy to understand, but i wish there were some pictures......????
Do you have any?

Crystelle said...

Oh, never mind, I found the pictures. They were in a different post. Sorry!