fun with neckties

I once worked for a while as a waitress at the ‘fancy’ Italian restaurant in my hometown. As with any serving job, there were many things to like and dislike about working there, but one thing I always really liked was our uniforms- black pants, white buttoned shirt, and a necktie. We looked good, and I found that I really enjoy wearing neckties. Neckties of any print or color were acceptable for our uniforms, and in time I amassed a pretty interesting collection!
Lately I have been thinking about my neckties, and aside from wanting to pull them out and wear them in the classic style, (I sometimes think a woman looks better in a necktie even than a man,) I have felt the urge to do something with them… what, I wasn’t sure.
But today I am brimming with inspiration thanks to some great ideas found on the internet! People have found so many things to create using neckties!
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This cute dress, made totally of neckties, was created by a student at Tampa Academy of Design & Technology.
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RickRackRuby on Craftster made these fun little necktie daisy pins! You can find a tutorial on this page- it’s down a few scrolls from the top.
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I found this amazing quilt (and the cool dress!) on Artful Ties, which is a little blog all about sewing with ties! I bet a quilt made of ties would be so warm!
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This skirt is so awesome! There are so many possibilities with a skirt like this too – color choices and length choices while making it, and ways to wear it when it’s finished!
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This cute little necktie bag has a tutorial on CraftBits!
These are just a few of the sewing with necktie ideas out there! I’m definitely inspired to do something with all those ties now!
I found many of these links thanks to this Metafilter post.

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ilse -October 7, 2008, 2:59PM

Wauw, that necktie bag tutorial is really handy! I’m going to make one! Thanks.

Rob Caldwell -November 19, 2008, 5:49PM

I used to work at Macaroni Grill and everyone wore ties there too. I don’t remember any of the women saying that they liked to wear the ties too, so it’s interesting that you did.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman wear a tie outside of an Italian restaurant environment. Why isn’t it more accepted?
Nice post.

Jeff -June 8, 2009, 4:57AM

Just wear them. You’ll get some stares, but I think they look great on women/girls. Don’t care for those who say it’s not OK and dress up like everyone else. Be yourself! :)

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