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Tips on recycling neckties and on clothing construction for quilters from an award-winning designer.
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Adding a lining

I like to make simple, sleeveless dresses to go with many of my favorite jackets.  A cotton dress will hang nicer and resist wrinkling if it is lined.  To make a lined dress, I cut the lining using the dress pattern pieces an inch or two shorter than the dress and disregard the facings.  Sew the dress fronts and back together at the shoulders; repeat with lining.  Sew the lining to the dress at the neckline.  You can individually "pillowcase" the armhole seams, then open and sew the side/lining side seam in one. 

Maximize use of a tie

A tie has many usable parts.  There is a piece of fabric at least 3" wide and 45" - 50" long, 2 finished ends that can be used as prairie points, usually a label that can be used as an embellishment, and sometimes an additional lining that can be pieced with others to line small items.  A demo attendee suggested using the interfacing to cut headers (stiffener) for armhole seams. 

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