When I started browsing the likes of Harrods, Harvey Nics and other designer stores looking for inspiration for my Designin December make, little did I thing than I’d end up upcycling 29 of my husbands ties!
I came across this skirt in Harvey Nics selling for a whopping £850!! It obviously wasn’t made from ties, but the diagonal striped and pleated fabric gave that appearance.
Unfortunately my husband’s tie collection is quite a bit more conservative than the colours in the skirt, but after a little persuasion he parted with around half of his tie collection.
I butted the ties against each other and auditioned a few stitches to see which would sew the ties together the best:
Number 22 in the photo below was the stitch of choice:
First off I sewed the ties together in groups of 5, and the first ones that were sewn together I trimmed the top off – big mistake!
If you plan on sewing ties together don’t chop anything off until you’re ready for fitting, or at least have a proper plan!
I loved the flared effect of the ties as they came to the wider end.
And so did Rory…
Scary cat guarding her new bed!
Back to sewing…..
As each group of 5 ties were then stitched together it did get quite heavy- I was glad my machine has a long arm, and also having a table extension made life easier.
After it had all been sewed together, like a lot of our projects it lay dormant. Then Boxing Day came along and it was used as a prop by my sister and I when we had a little sing song! Those who ‘know’ me will know I’m a bit daft, so apologies if you’re not on my wave length but this video will always cheer me up and make me smile whenever I watch it. Hope it does you too!
And then came along the 31st December! I sprung into action to make the collection of sewn together ties into a skirt, and then this happened!
I made a dress, and I kinda liked it!
Here’s the bottom of the skirt laid flat:
And a peak at the inside, I super warm with it having 3 layers.
There were a couple of special ties – the one with a yellow stripe is from a South African cricket tour, and the one of the left is from my hubby’s work sponsoring the Huddersfield cricket league.
Adding a closure was really easy. I stitched a zip directly where it was needed then just unpicked the stitches underneath.
So there you go?? Are you tempted to up cycle some ties? It’s really easy, and when it comes to fitting, because the ties are cut on the bias, they mould and can be manipulated reallye easily.
I’m still not 100% sure if I’ll ever wear it but I really love the effect. I’m going to look at collecting black, grey and white ties and am hoping to get this sort of effect.
I’m thinking of actually chopping my dress up and making something that I’d actually use, maybe a bag. The effect is so cool and it’s such a shame for it to be hidden away.