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Topic: Necktie Corset Belt - Now with tutorial on page 4  (Read 141735 times)
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« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2004 11:13:28 AM »


Here is another photo of the belts.  It was hard to tell in the first photos that there is a black binding around the edge.  Next time I make these I promise to post a tutorial.

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« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2004 11:20:01 AM »

I would totally wear one! Please post a tute! They look great Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2004 12:11:03 PM »

Yet another reason to covet old neckties!  Great retro look.

"An old cloak makes a new jerkin..." (Wm Shakespeare, recycling and DIY enthusiast)
« Reply #33 on: December 10, 2004 05:11:25 PM »

absolutely beautiful
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« Reply #34 on: December 10, 2004 08:44:34 PM »

This is such an awesome idea. I made one for my friend's girlfriend for Xmas but it's nowhere near as rad looking as yours.  Thank you for sharing this idea!

« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2004 03:49:24 PM »

The decoritive stitching and edge binding really make it look clean and crisp.
« Reply #36 on: December 15, 2004 12:51:47 PM »

 Smiley  this is so awesome!!  my husband has a crap-load of ties that we don't know what to do with... now we do!  so, so sweet!


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« Reply #37 on: December 17, 2004 03:32:14 PM »

do you think there will be a tutorial before x-mas? oh please please please!! i think my friend would love this.
« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2004 02:49:23 PM »

wowowowowowow! i love this!!

now to pull out all my old ties that have been waiting for a cool project like this!

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« Reply #39 on: December 19, 2004 04:04:37 PM »

Hi Girls,

Thanks so much for your interest in this design. 

First, collect your ties - you'll need about 8 - 10 of the wide ones from the 70's.   Also pictured are packages of "Wright's Double Fold Bias Tape Extra Wide" and ""Wright's Bias Tape Double Fold" - either width will work, this tute will feature the extra wide tape.  You'll also need the Dritz Large Eyelet kit, and about 2.5 yards of 5/8-inch wide black velvet ribbon.  Of course you can substitute whatever you like for these items - be creative!

 Cut off the bottom 7 inches of the tie (You can make a hat from these!)  Then cut the NEXT four inches from the remaining piece of tie.  This is the section that works for the belt.   They should be between 3 and 4 inches wide at the widest point and tapered. 

My sewing machine has a triple zigzag stitch.  It's one of the decorative stitches.  If your machine doesn't have this, you can use a regular wide zigzag with a heavier thread.

Okay - Basically sew the sections together with the wide zigzag.  Just feed the sections through side by side - no pins, no "right side together."  Keep the wider edges at the bottom - you'll get a curved shape - like a smile -  after all 8 or 10 sections are sewn together.   Keep checking for fit to determine how many sections to add.

Here is a close-up of the back:

Now remove any tags, labels or loops from the back of the ties and zigzag over the seam in the center back of each section.

When it is long enough, round off the corners at the ends of the belt.  I do this by tracing a junk cd with chalk around each of the four corners and trimming. 

Now, serge or staystitch about 1/8-inch around the entire edge of the belt.

Here is a close-up:

 Then pin the folded bias tape all the way around.  The tape wraps around the edge of the belt so that the front and back are both outlined with the black bias.  I use regular long pins on the straight sides of the belt and then small short pins on the curved ends.  This is the most difficult part of the project.  Just be patient and pin carefully.  Remember the shorter side of the bias tape goes on the front side of the belt and the longer edge of tape wraps around to the back of the belt.


Stitch to secure the bias tape with the same wide zigzag stitch all the way around removing pins as you go.

Install three grommets on each end of the belt according to the package intructions.


Now lace up with ribbon.



 Please give this project a try.  Some of these techniques might be new to you but they are not hard, I promise.

Take care - and let me know if you have any questions.

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