Friday, December 31, 2004

Possibly The World's Cutest Necktie Skirt

Yes, this is one cute skirt - Orange neckties with yellow stitching! And Kaitlin looks so good in it : )

Kaitlin Models the Cutest Orange Necktie Skirt!

Orange Necktie Skirt Posted by Hello

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Danielle's Granny Bag Posted by Hello

Danielle Makes A Granny Bag

This is actually Danielle's second granny bag. The first one was really cute, but you just can't beat this vintage orange fabric. Great job, Danielle!

How To Make a Necktie Corset Belt

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo's Shoe Blog

The Manolo - He is superfantastico!

A Resolution

I am looking around my sewing room and realizing that I have way too much stuff. I'm not quite ready to purge yet, but I am ready to place a 1-month moratorium on fabric purchases. No more fabric purchases until February. There, I've declared it.

I remember reading a "Dear Abby" column several years ago about a woman who had died and her children discovered boxes, bins and bags of fabric everywhere in her house. There was fabric under the bed, in the closets and cabinets, in the basement and attic - just everywhere. "Oh, please...." I thought "....don't let me be like that!"

I'm actually pretty good about getting rid of stuff. Just today I cleaned out the cubbies in my closet and sorted my shoes. I have a garbage bag full of clothes and a shopping bag full of shoes set aside for charity. I threw a bunch of stuff out too. It was a small, but significant start. I'm sure I'll get to work on the sewing room as well....eventually.

The problem is that I get distracted.

I open a drawer to sort it out and then I discover the wonderful things inside and I want to begin a new project! Does this happen to anyone else?

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Kristina Posted by Hello

Merry Christmas

My friend Kristina bought this bag as a Christmas gift for her sister. Check out my links for Kristina's website. She is a beautiful and talented Christian singer.

Cora's bag Posted by Hello

Another Necktie Handbag

It's been a while since I did these necktie handbags. This one was lingering unfinished until I found the perfect vintage enamel daisy pin. Doesn't the pin look great? I gave this bag to my friend Cora, who always raves about my bags and insists that I don't charge enough!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Andrew Makes A Necktie Skirt

Andrew's completed skirt...Shhhhh... don't tell Sydney... Posted by Hello

Friday, December 17, 2004

More Corset Belts! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

New Friends! Posted by Hello

New Friends!

These are the new friends that I found online at Craftster. We met for the first time "in person" at a coffee bar on Saturday. I'm in the lower left, then going clockwise there's Tina, Chris, Bonnie, Kaitlin and Denise. What a cute bunch of girls - and crafty too!

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Ruffled Christmas Skirt Posted by Hello

Another Christmas Project

I'm not over the necktie obsession, but I took a short break to make some ruffled Christmas skirts. This one is for Isabelle, my 5-year-old niece. What do you think?

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

1970's Necktie Gypsy Rose Bag Posted by Hello

1970's Necktie Gypsy Rose Bag

Lately it seems I have to use up all of these 1970's neckties. No, I still haven't made a skirt from them, but I had to try a gypsy bag. Ummmm... well, what do you think? UPDATE: This bag sold at Passage in ONE DAY!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Monday, November 29, 2004

Kelly's Necktie Skirt Posted by Hello

Kelly's Necktie Skirt

When Kelly arrived to spend the Thanksgiving weekend with our family her destiny was already sealed.... Of course she was going to make a skirt - no question. She chose mostly blues. Didn't it turn out cute? She figures her sister is going to want it - or maybe steal it - so she immediately started a second one. It's almost done!

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Heather knows she looks great in her necktie skirt - oh yeah!!!! Posted by Hello

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

I'm so happy to have my brother, Brad , his wife Heather, and their daughter, Alexandria visiting for Thanksgiving! They have recently moved to Arizona and it is so nice to have family here. Alex and I made this skirt for Heather about a year ago. Doesn't it look great?!?!?

Sunday, November 21, 2004

How Cute Is This? Posted by Hello

How Cute Is This?

Jessica made this miniature necktie skirt for her five-year-old cousin! It's all Christmas-themed ties - kid's sized - What do you think?

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

More views of Corset Belt

Necktie Corset Belt Posted by Hello

Necktie Corset Belt

Oh yeah! After making the necktie hats from the ends of the 70's ties - I knew I had to do something with the remaining sections. So.... I started a bag - I'll finish it eventually - and then got distracted by THIS idea! A necktie corset belt. It turned out pretty well, so I made three more. I know I'm obsessed!

Monday, November 15, 2004

Necktie Stocking Posted by Hello

Necktie Christmas Stocking

Yes, it's a Christmas Stocking made from neckties! What else can I say?

Friday, November 12, 2004

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Necktie Hat Posted by Hello

Necktie Madness

Yes, I'm afraid it's gone too far this time. I found myself obsessed with working out the details of this hat. First - it's made with hideous 1970's wide ties. Second, it's topped with a ridiculous button (can the propeller be far behind?) And finally - my DD actually agreed to wear it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

For All Who Are Ready To Make A Necktie Skirt!

Okay, I've had lots of inquiries from designers who are ready to make their skirts - YAY! Here are a couple of more photos for assistance. I would be so happy if you would share your results with me.

Here is another example of a necktie skirt - cute, eh? Posted by Hello

Here is a close-up of the waistband ends tied into a windsor knot! Posted by Hello

Here is the back of the skirt with the necktie waistband. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Tell Paris Her Skirt Is Finished!

Well, I misplaced Paris Hilton's cell phone number so if anyone knows how to reach her, just ask her to call Laura about the pink necktie skirt - thanks!

: )

Back of Pink Necktie Skirt Posted by Hello

Pink Necktie Skirt Posted by Hello

Monday, November 01, 2004

More Necktie Daisies Posted by Hello

More Necktie Daisies

WOW! Necktie Daisies are selling really well! These are fun and easy to make. I've made up a step-by-step tutorial for this design with photos. If you would like to see it, here is a link:

Craftster is lots of fun. So is sewing - give it a try!

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Instructions for the necktie skirt

To get to the instructions for the necktie skirt - please look on the right hand side of this page and click on "October Archive." Scroll down to October 1st. The instructions are pretty basic, but if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me -

Friday, October 29, 2004

My designs are in the paper today! YAY!

Here is a link to the article in the fashion section of the Arizona Republic. This is exactly what I wanted to say! Moms, please teach your daughters to sew. Girls, go ahead and try to make yourself something fun and unique to wear. Are you ready to make your first necktie skirt? Instructions for this project are posted on my October 1st entry - Click on the October archive and scroll down... Thanks for reading my blog!

Fit to be tied Scottsdale seamstress takes neckwear to higher level

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Dan and Jessica

This is a photo of my son Daniel, and his sweetheart, Jessica on the way to the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night. Don't they look happy?!?!?

Dan and Jessica Posted by Hello

Friday, October 22, 2004

Gypsy Rose Necktie Bag Posted by Hello

Gypsy Rose Necktie Bag

I've been working hard on necktie projects! After making six new skirts I had loads of leftover skinny ends so I made several of these Gypsy Rose Necktie Bags. This is my very favorite style of bag - to make and to carry. The rose is made from a necktie too. I hope you like it!

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Granny Bags On Hold...For Now...

After I got the news that Sarah sold four necktie skirts, five necktie daisies and a bag - in ONE DAY....... I decided to work on more necktie projects. The granny bags are on hold. I'm sure I'll get to them eventually!

Friday, October 15, 2004

Kaitlin's Granny Bag Posted by Hello