I love tie neck blouses, but I've never owned one. I had this blouse, which I also loved, but it was hard to wear because the sleeves were a bit short and the shoulders a bit tight. When you're writing on whiteboards all day, sleeves are important. I decided to change those sleeves into a bow.
The first step was to take off of the sleeves. Because my blouse is silky, this seemed to be the easiest way.
Turn the sleeve to the inside of the shirt and pin.
Keeping the original seam on the edge and the sleeve hidden, stitch 1/8" from the edge. The pins were sometimes more of a hindrance than helpful, so I took them out as needed and held the fabric in place.
Cut the sleeve off. I left a 1/4" so I could zig-zag the raw edge. You could trim it closer and use fray check. The sleeves weren't important to me because I always plan to wear it as a shell.
Repeat with the other sleeve.
From the sleeves, cut out strips to make into the neck tie. Make the strips twice as wide as the finished tie (+ 1/2" for seam allowance). (I wanted my tie to fit neatly under the collar, so my strips were 2.5" wide to make a 1" tie.) Each tie will be made from two strips, one long and one short. I was able to get all my pieces out of one sleeve!
With right sides together, sew one short and one long strip together. Repeat with the other pair.
With right sides together again, fold the strip in half lengthwise, press, and pin.
Stitch down the raw edge. Cut one edge at an angle and sew.
Turn the ties inside out and press.
Turn under the ends with raw edges 1/2" and press.
Flip up the collar. Line up one of the ends with the shoulder seam and stitch down. Repeat on the other side.
Flip down the collar and you're done!
I almost got rid of the collar, but I decided I liked the look (and I could always flip the collar inside to change it up). I can't wait to pick up more blouses from the thrift store and try some variations!
For a variation, see my other tie neck blouse post.