As a family we quite like a good hunt through a charity shop, there are always treasures to be found and with a little ingenuity you make something that no else has got!
A passing glimpse at someone on the tube over a year ago, led to a long term plan which has taken a while to get together, but a kind donation from an auntie means we finally have enough to get started!
So if you fancy a colourful, never to repeated patterned skirt then read on!!
To begin with you need a large collection of men’s neck ties, any colour you like, and as many varieties as possible will add to the pattern!
Try and chose ties of a similar weight although it’s not vital.
Measure the length you want the skirt to be and cut the tie to the required length, starting at the widest end
Then split the stitches down the back of the tie and open it out.
Place 2 opened ties right side to right side with the points in level with each other and the pressed crease lined up
Sew the ties together and then add the next tie to those already done in the same way.
And keep going until you have enough to fit around your model
(luckily mine is quite slender so we didn’t need toom many!)
Trim the excess from the seams so it sits flatter and press the seams flat on the inside. Remember – not too hot, some of the ties may well synthetic and you don’t want to melt it now!
With regard to fastening – the choice is yours, I’ve put in a zip and waist band with beautiful vintage button, but the’re’s no reason not make it easier and use an elasticated waist if you prefer! Because the ties are cut on the bias there is certain amount of stretch to them, which makes it easier to fit it beautifully!
Hey presto, a one off, never to be repeated colourful skirt!