Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I had a fair trade request when I was asked to make bow ties in exchange for a service I needed. I jumped at the chance. How difficult could bow ties be? Well...they are not difficult but I learned that the bias cut requires quite a bit of fabric.
I started by using this free pattern I found online:
Here is her example of a finished tie:
Totally awesome pattern. I had to enlarge it 118% to make it scale, but that was the magic number to get exactly the right measurements. The author provided a box with what it should measure and it took a few tries to get it right.
They were an easy sewing project but more time consuming than I expected because of the hand stitching to close the tie. A pointy chopstick is absolutely nenecessary for successful inside-outing, and getting the bow tie corners as pointy as you can.
I ended up sewing three sets, and had enough material to make matching pocket squares. It was fun!