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!
This cute dress, made totally of neckties, was created by a student at Tampa Academy of Design & Technology.
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.
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!
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!
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.



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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