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« on: August 05, 2018 06:53:52 PM »



I saw a necktie tree skirt online for $1200 and decided to give it a whirl.

Used 24 neckties, bought for .60 each at the thrift store.  

Drafted pattern in CorelDRAW.  I originally thought it was going to be some spirograph-like arrangement of circles, but ovals worked better.  I kept tweeking the curve and doing copy-paste-rotate until I liked what I saw.  Broke apart the curve into 8 pieces, added 1/4" seam allowance.  



For each piece, I cut fusible interfacing to the approximate shape and fused it to the back of the tie, then cut that piece.  Every piece was marked with its piece number and an X indicating the top of the piece.



After coming up with a preliminary layout on paper, I laid out all of the pieces on the floor and moved a few around to make a pleasing arrangement.

I sewed together the 8 pieces to make a curved strip, then 6 strips together.  



At that point I started getting worried that the circle wasn't going to meet exactly, but figured I had four seams,evenly distributed, to make adjustments to.  



So then, 6 strips and 6 strips sewed to each other to have the two halves of the tree skirt, and then the last two seams to finish.



Added a backing fabric, basting around the edges and then center.  

Who knew the fiddliest bit would be the binding?  I made continuous bias binding and swore a lot about so many dang points.

Here the edge is flipped back to show the backing fabric and the binding.







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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2018 07:12:17 PM »

Are you kidding me? This is the best thing I have seen all year and I have seen a lot of amazing things. You are a wonder. That tree skirt rocks socks off!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2018 07:26:47 PM »

Thanks so much! 
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2018 06:08:25 AM »

wow!
This is fantastic!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2018 07:02:46 AM »

Amazing.  Totally worth $1200, huh?
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2018 07:05:03 AM »

Having made it once, I don't think I'd make it again for less than that!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2018 07:31:11 AM »

Absolutely effing AMAZING!  Rocks, and then bows down in worship.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2018 08:31:40 AM »

Wow that is absolutely stunning. I have often thought about making a tree skirt simply sewing ties together, now that idea just doesnt cut it. I love your design so much. Thanks for sharing it.
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2018 08:42:51 AM »

Wow! How clever and unique.
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Whoa! This is amazing.
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