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Necktie Dress Front by trinity-lea Necktie Dress Front by trinity-lea
My Necktie Dress, almost done!! in this shot its all pinned around the top, and i need to put the straps on it yet, since i cant go strapless, darnit! Completely made out of mens neckties purchased from various thrift stores, a goodwill store, and scavenged from my grandmothers closet of goodies!!
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AmyWeaving Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
I know this is an old post..... but how many ties did you use here? i have 50+ of them floating around my place and may consider doing something with them :)
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La- Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Beautifully done - great choice of colors. Keep this dress always because it timeless and will never go out of style and is completely unique (and it will always remind you of the joys of creativity and you can pass it down the generations) :clap:
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isananonymus Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is so cool! did you follow a pattern or just do it yourself?
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was so long ago lol! There was no pattern for this, just lots of trial and error! Thnx!
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VickyDevart Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Long Live Ties! Reminds me of going to Good will and scouring the Tie racks for those poor ties. And then ripping them apart to make a Tie skirt. I love the skirt to death... I'd like to have my hands on Don Cherries ties XD
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le-petit-princess Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your dress is so gorgeous! You picked out the colors really well. I was going to make a skirt, but now I want a dress! What kind of problems did you run into while making your dress? How did you solve them?
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the fun part about neckties is that they're already kindof hourglass shaped! one HYUGE problem i found! reinforce the diagonal seam that's halfway up the tie. when i washed this dress, one of those seams gave out and frayed terrible, it ruined the dress as I don't have the patience to pick out that tie and insert another. but when i make another one this summer, i'll be reinforcing seams for sure!

to help with fitting, i'd recommend either working with a dressmakers form in your size, or make a muslin pattern of the shape you're going for, so you can tailor the ties as much as possible before putting it all together, it'll really help with the overall alterations at the end!

good luck! and thank you!!
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le-petit-princess Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just finished a simple skirt out of ties. I wont even try washing it. It fitted and was shaped well, but a dress is certainly different. Perhaps I'll make a dress one day...
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babewithbrains13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Hi!

I absolutely love your dress! As it happens I have been thinking about making the first dress on this page ([link])for a while. I love the criss-cross bodice and the uniqueness of the style. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with directions! I want to make a few alterations (floorlength). Any tips?
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
play with it!! thats my best advice! im planning on making another one this summer, and it will definately not be anything like the one i already have. im thinking of going with a more retro 50's wiggle dress shape, but i'm not sure how i'm going to do it yet, and im going to probably spend a good chunk of time pinning ties to my dressmakers form!

when i first made this dress, i had no directions either, just a picture of someone else's creation. this thing is such a hot mess, although it was quite a fun experiment, there were headaches along the way too.

just have fun with it! and any specific questions, ask away! i'll try to check this more often!
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JennieHeartsYou Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
this is absolutely awesome! how exactly do you do this? I know you rip the seams and open up the neckties, but how did you fit it to your ribcage? and i assume you sewed in a zipper?
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanx!!!

you got the first part right, what really helps with the ties is that they are already sortof hourglass shaped. i basically just trial and errored (Lots of Errored) my way through fitting this. try alternating a couple of thinner ties and then a couple of thicker ties, that way you have the 2 thick ties you can take in and it wont be as noticeable.

yes, there's a zipper up the back.

thnx again!
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SALLY12345 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
I made a similar necktie dress to this, but had a time finding the right deal on the ties. I went to [link] and they usually sell ties for $5, which is cheap already. If you call them, they have men's ties as a stock wholesale lot for only $.60. Great deals!
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice!! i have a TON of ties at home, a guy i used to work with gave me a huge bag of them from his suit-n-tie days, eventually i'll make another something out of them!
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IamSweetViolet Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
~ I have a selection of Italian Silk Tie Material. I've been playing with the idea of making a bustier with straps out of the material and think your pattern would be ideal. ~
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heh, there is NO pattern!

the nice thing about ties is, they are already hourglass shaped. so it just takes some creative seaming to make them into something wearable. wish i could help more, but this was totally improvised!
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jingy-cold-summer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
i've seen a skirt made out of ties before, but that dress looks really good. I'd love to have something like that, maybe i'll have saving up ties now! (watch out dad)
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
THnx!! i will say, watch out for the diagonal seam that is at the center of every tie, when i washed my dress, one of those seams let go!
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it depends on how much floof you want how many you use, and of course your own body measurements. im a stick, 30-25-35, and i have 13 ties in mine. thats why the finished dress has straps, lol, no boobs to hold it up! The ties are sewn to each other. most ties have a thick fabric inside to help them keep their shape, but the seam up the back isnt usually attached to it. just get out the seam ripper and carefully pick out that back seam and open it up!
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jingy-cold-summer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
is there a cloth that the ties are sewn to or are they sewn to each other? And about how many ties do you think i'll need?

I was just looking at the picture again, i like your choices of colour.
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
not sure if i accidentally replied to my own comment instead of yours, lol!

it depends on how much floof you want how many you use, and of course your own body measurements. im a stick, 30-25-35, and i have 13 ties in mine. thats why the finished dress has straps, lol, no boobs to hold it up! The ties are sewn to each other. most ties have a thick fabric inside to help them keep their shape, but the seam up the back isnt usually attached to it. just get out the seam ripper and carefully pick out that back seam and open it up!
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jingy-cold-summer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
ah don't worry we've all done that before xD

mm, i like how it goes out at the hip. And thanks for the tips. Do you think a skirt or a dress would be better? I think i might wear it more if it were a skirt, but i really like the look of your dress.
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well a skirt is definately easier, because the fitting around the bust can get really annoying, but then i have a very limited amount of patience!! :)
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jingy-cold-summer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
i don't think mine is any better xD Yeah i'm going for a skirt.

thanks for your help
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
np!
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Edas7 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Wow ! That is soo cool! Great idea!
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanx!
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AmyWeaving Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
love the dress!
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thnx!
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AmyWeaving Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
your very welcome!
P.S. i will keep your dad in mind.....for i lost 3 family members to cancer.....*hugs*
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i truly appreciate it, thank you so much. :hug:
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randomperson12 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
Wow... this is good. V-neck it and lace the neck and you've got a dress.
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
heh, actually i added straps and wore it to the work x-mas party last year. needs to be redone, when washed one of the original seams came undone!

not sure how you'd lace it, several thoughts come to mind...

thnx for the comment!
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Waterhousesmuse Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
This is awesome! Great interplay of colors, and I like how the neckties make a beautiful multi princess-seamed shape.
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
me too! Thanks!! Ive got to make another one of these, now that i worked all my mistakes out on this one, lol!
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Waterhousesmuse Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
Sewing is so funny, all I tend to see are the mistakes even though people usually love what I do. (; It's the perfectionist drive that keeps us going.

Did you drape this? Working on a dressform is such a pleasure, I want to make sure I do that over break more.
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the ties mostly fit themselves, the rest is just trial and error, the dress form helped some, but not as much as actually trying it on and adjusting from there.

and perfectionist, yeah, definately, me too!!
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lierni Featured By Owner May 24, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that is a very nice dress, you got there. good work
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hehe, i find it funny that everyone comments on the unfinished version!! It must look better strapless or something!

thanks!!
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micro-morganism Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006
mmm i absolutley love this idea
and the dress is so cute ^__^
have you worn it out yet? if you have i bet you looked awesome, and got some amazing compliments! :D
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ive only worn it once, to my work christmas party, and it was quite a hit! Havnt figured out how i'm gonna top it next year!
THankS!!
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Chamaelirium Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well done! What a great idea! I've considered making a skirt from them but never a dress!!

(Gee, I must like exclamation marks!!)

But seriously, simple, but effective.
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i have a skirt that i made, but its pretty sad, im planning to make another one soon. THanks!
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Chamaelirium Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
my pleasure! :)
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fuseki Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005   Traditional Artist
Those neckties are terribly long! But what a beautiful dress they make.
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
theyre just normal everyday neckties!! they really ARE that long! and thank you!
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Lilithia Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
beautiful!
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
THanks!!
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