Monday, May 12, 2014

My Closet is almost empty....Repurposing ties - The Pretzel Skirt

I know I should feel like I have renewed energy, but I'm not going to lie to you, it was a trial.  Time to start filling the closet up again and building a wardrobe.

 Vogue 1247 - Navy drill
I've made this pattern before about 2 years ago but I think it's a classic and very wearable, once you add 6" to the hem length of the original pattern.  The first version was finished with an overcast stitch on the seam allowances, the pattern calls for a Hong Kong finish.  On the boards at that time 2 years ago, there was some discussion about using tie material for bias, and repurposing the wool flannel that many of the ties have inside for sleeve heads on jackets.  I was finally able to use the ties I had purchased from the Salvation Army for this purpose.

 Here's what I didn't know, how many yards of bias would I be able to get from a tie? I was able to get 4 yards, and 10" of 1 1/2" wide bias.  If you are going to do the same, you will need at least 2 maybe 3 ties to finish this project.  I used all of the tie bias then used lining cut into bias strips to finish the remainder.  I like it on the inside as much as on the outside.  The tie was a funky pretzel print, but since it was cut up, only we know what it was.




RhondaBuss said...

So nice!

Gail said...

I've been meaning to make this skirt for soooo long! Love your seam bindings.

Mary said...

Lovely skirt and bias binding. I also like to repurpose ties for this.

corinne said...

What a great idea! I had no idea there was that much bias in a tie. I have a few hanging around, now I have another idea..........