Refashioning Neckties

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fellow thrifters must notice the abundance of neckties donated to second hand shops? If you link every tie in the world together, you'd be able to circle the globe 20 times... OK so I made that up, but there are surely far too many neckties in the world than people able to wear them.

Big ones, short ones, skinny ones, fat ones, blue, brown, pink, silk, polyester, leather..!

Joyce from, (the decisive guide to Melbourne blog) road tested Melbourne Op Shop Tours Inner West route back in December 2009, and discovered one experienced op shopper, Nathan, has an eye for a designer tie!

Quote: "In a feat of op-shopping strength, one of our tour members Nathan (an intrepid and experienced op shopper) decided to tip out the whole box of ties in order to do a thorough sorting on the floor. In the end, he came away with 47 ties ($1 each) which included designer ties from YSL and Versace. What does a man do with that many ties? Nathan’s strategy is to wear them all once, clean them up and sell them on eBay for around $10-$15 each. So even if you’re not necessarily into the charity aspect of op shopping, it seems that with a bit of effort it can be a lucrative hobby."

47 ties.. now that is impressive

My local op shop sells all men's ties for $1 each, no matter the brand, fabric or colour.  One could pick up a polyester cartoon character tie, a cashmere tie, or a Versace tie but the price remains the same, and this is why we love op shopping!

I have been looking at ties in a different way; to cut up and refashion into something else.  At the end of last summer, I purchased a pair of Diesel jeans from Salvos to cut mid-length for the in-between autumnal weather. I cut them off below the knee, and let them fray.  Last week I've dusted them off to start wearing in the equally in-between Melbourne spring weather, but wanted to do something about that fray.

Rather than simply stitching a hem, I decided to do something a bit different; cut up a thrifted tie to use the fabric for cuffs, and the back pocket. Here is how it goes:

Step one; take a thrifted tie (in this case silk) open it up and iron flat:

Step two; remove back pocket of jeans, and use as an outline to cut out a replicated pocket using felt and tie fabric:

Step three; iron tie fabric into a long rectangular shape, and pin over the top of jeans hem, pin, and stitch.

And here we have them, I only replaced one pocket, tell me readers, do you think one pocket looks OK? Should I have replaced both pockets with tie fabric?

Worn on Self Stitched Sept, Day 24



Unknown said...

Great job, I love the idea of personalising op shop finds - I would have just embellished both pockets with the tie fabric, rather then replacing one of them completely.


JeTaimeVintage said...

That is such a great idea! I wish I had more time to seW. My sewing machine got used for the first time in months the other day and I felt bad for neglecting it, you have inspired me to be creative next week!

hed said...

You, my friend, are a genius. Those jeans are awesome! hed

Skinny Neckties said...

Wearing skin ties definitely calls out for skinny suits as well...and reasonably, skinny guys to wear both .

Wendy said...

Great idea! I don't think I can get away with short jeans in this climate and with my fat legs, but I'm wondering about making a long cuff at the bottom...

Knicky Knacks said...

How clever are you. What a wonderful idea. Great job!

sue said...

Great way to use a tie - and what a clever guy is Nathan? Good to see blokes getting into the op shop scene!

Snooze said...

so clever ... you can get some amazing ties.
My Flea Market Find

Melissa said...

Your jeans look great, mmmm my oppies seem to sell ties for $2 each,

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