Empire line dress made from ties and an old vest.
I've always been a fan of Lucy Orta's work and at Uni I made a skirt of ties inspired by her work. Long ago that went the way of all good things but recently while I was ratching around charity shops I found some lovely patterned ties and decided to make another version. This time I decided to make a dress. I used a plain jersey vest for the bodice and my dress took 10 ties. How many you need will depend on how big your dress needs to be and how long (as the the width of the ties varies.)
Warning: These aren't the clearest instructions, I will hopefully get around to updating them at some point but in the meantime feel free to contact me with any questions and I'll try and help you out. Happy stitching!
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Collect your ties and unpick them. This is quite tedious. Put something interesting on to listen to or watch!
Now, measure just under your bust and cut a piece of elastic this length. Pin, tack and then sew this piece of elastic to your tie 'skirt.' Use a zig zag stitch and stretch the elastic slightly as you sew. Remember, where you sew it will determine the length of your dress from under your bust to the hem (so, if you want the dress to measure 100 cm from under the bust to the hem make sure your elastic is stitched 100 cm up from the bottom of your ties.) When you've attached your elastic join the first and last tie together (right sides together) to make your skirt.