My sister had to go one better and make a dress with boning wearing it to the races with matching bow tie headpiece. I had to borrow it myself and also wear it to the races. With the advice from me she left the ties whole and zig-zagged them with the stitching showing, giving it a different, stiffer and textured feel. I love it!
I now want to make another dress from ties more casual. Something like this one:
Here are more inspirations:
Glamarita on Etsy Tie Me Up Tie Me Down range has lots of awesome tie dresses and accessories. Great inspiration.
Other Tie Dresses.
More tie crafts here.