Last weekend I finished an experiment that had been on my ‘must try’ list for quite a while – a recycled tie dress for my Divine Little Miss M. And although it was a serious sewing hack, I’m quite pleased with the results…and so was M.
I promised a DIY tutorial for my recycled tie dress – despite the fact that I am far from a real seamstress. Before you start make sure that you’ve gathered a fun selection of used ties with similar color hues but different patterns. I chose blue and red as an overall color mood, but you’ll see pops of gray and yellow as well. Several of the ties came from thrifting and a couple came from the closet of my friend’s husband. To give you an idea of the number of ties you’ll need, this dress is for a 7-year old and I used 10 ties – 9 for the skirt and 1 around the waist where the ties and Tshirt are sewn together.
Cut your ties in half so that you are now working with a wider piece (front of tie) and a thinner piece (back of tie). I laid them out with alternating widths (wide, thin, wide, thin…) and mixing so that the matching backs were several ties away from the fronts. The nice thing is that the ends already have beautiful seams, so I left them as is and decided to sew the ties together side-by-side with just a very small amount of overlap (1/4 inch).
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