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Tips & Techniques > Ten ways to wear a (preferably silk)tie

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Posted on: 11/29/11 8:21 AM
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Never pass by a display of ties in a charity shop, and ask all male friends for their discards! This is why:
1. Covered buttons.
2. Rouleaux loops.
3. Waistband facings.
4. Bias to add a binding or covered piping detail wherever you choose - eg. necklines, armholes, pockets, bags.
5. Outline an exposed zip.
6. Flower corsage.
7. Hanging loop at the neck of jacket or coat.
8. Rouleaux to plait together for a belt/bag handle.
9. Bow.
10. Piece for a flash of colour/pattern on cuffs, collars, accessories - See Marcy Tilton's patterns for ideas.

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sewabit said... (2/22/12 0:22 AM) Reply
Besides these 10 great ideas, I also learned a new word! Rouleaux - a google search found a lot of stuff about blood cells, but the "You Sew Girl" website reveals that it is also a bias fabric tube for shoestring/spaghetti straps or button loops.
a life in stitches said... (12/13/11 8:22 AM) Reply
in reply to purplebouquet: I generally assume it is the incompatible layers which make it necessary to dry clean a complete silk tie - differential shrinkage would probably happen if it was washed. So my usual procedure is to take the tie apart first, handwash to see how the silk behaves, and then if I'm happy with it, use it on a garment that will be handwashed. But for the things that wouldn't be washed like a corsage brooch or a bag, then if the fabric looks fresh enough, I wouldn't bother washing it.
purplebouquet said... (12/6/11 1:03 PM) Reply
I just used a thriftstore tie for what you listed as #4 as accent on a skirt, and it looks great. Question: ties usually require dry cleaning; once deconstructed and the inside batting removed, is the silk fabric handwashable?
toile away said... (12/5/11 5:01 AM) Reply
Love these ideas!
petro said... (11/29/11 2:07 PM) Reply
Good ideas -now I'm about to rifle through DH's collection for anything he won't miss.
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