Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Quasi-Real Tie

When you plan a DIY, budget wedding, you have to get pretty resourceful.

What's on today's episode on "How to Pull Off a Wedding on a Shoestring" you ask?


Yep, that's right. I made a tie for Matt to wear on our wedding day.

Long story, short, my dress has way too much fabric around the waist area, so I have to make a sash to cinch it in. Since we're implementing a general policy of reusing (in order to conserve money and be more environmentally-friendly), I decided to cut up a dress I bought in India and use the fabric for the sash. With the leftover fabric, I decided to make Matt a tie.

Luckily, we happened to have an old, cut-up tie lying around the house, since our dear friend Chong-Hao recently gave us one of his.

I simply used the other tie as a pattern for this one. With the help of a few online tutorials (on tie-making and using a slipstich), I was able to pull it off.


I still can't believe it. I actually made a quasi-real tie.

This wedding stuff is fun!

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Marie said...

That is very impressive. The slip-stitch alone is nerve racking. Looks great though!

Jessica @ budgetsavvybride said...

that tie is fantastic! perhaps that is the solution to my problem of not being able to find inexpensive ties in our color scheme. Care to share a tutorial?

Sara E. Cotner said...

Here's the tutorial, Jessica!


I would recommend taking apart an old tie and using that as the pattern (and using the inside for stiffness).

It made it much easier.

Have fun!

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