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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

how to make a MANS or Boys TIE

How to  make a Mans tie

When it comes to making gifts for men ties are incredibly simple and even when made up in expensive silks are still a lot cheaper to make than to buy in the shops.
so, for Father's Day or when you have a birthday or Christmas and need a gift for a man make him one of these. I assure you he will be delighted with it and in awe of your talent! 


for our next project we are going to make the mans tie. This is made in a cheaper fabric as a Test or Toille. Later we will make it in silk, satin or a Liberty Tana Lawn - or why not use a Christmas fabric?

There are plenty of tie patterns , I used this one Tie pattern

For a first attempt make it up as a toille in a fabric you already have - I used a printed cotton, just to get the feel of it, and then be creative and make it in whatever takes your fancy.
Make sure that you choose a good quality sew in interfacing in  a weight to complement the fabric whilst remaining pliable. I used Vilene Light weight sew- in

You now have your pattern and material,  so here goes. (This bit applies to any project by the way, not just the mans tie.)

Cut out all the pattern pieces and lay them on your fabric taking note of the grain line which will be clearly marked. On this pattern the pieces are cut on the bias. (Ask me to demonstrate if you are not sure)
The next step is to transfer all the pattern markings onto the fabric. Dont skip this step as it makes it easier for you and makes for an accurate fit whatever you are sewing.


Next step,

Make yourself a cup of tea and arm yourself with the following;-

Dressmakers carbon paper in a shade which will show up on the wrong side of the fabric but is not too dark so that it shows on the right side

A tracing wheel, either plain or with teeth , see picture below. 

A ruler for straight lines

A board to work on. ( I use a piece of shelving)

Put the board on your knee, have your tea handy and start transferring the markings onto the WRONG side of the fabric.
Don't forget that this is just a test make, so if the lines do show through to the right side it will not matter.

Tracing equipment

Pretty soon the back of your fabrics will be  covered in criss crossing lines. Thats exactly what you want. 

By the way I am using some cotton fabric just to practise on - it is normal to do this when making garments when it is called a toile.  I am also cutting the tip linings ( the bits on the reverse of the tie at each end ) in a contrast fabric. Once I am happy with everything I will make it again, this time for real and in pure silk but I dont want to waste such an expensive fabric until I am happy with everything.

You will need your sewing machine and an iron.

Join the two ends and the middle together and press the seams open

We have to create neat points to the ends of the tie, so this is where you appreciate the effort you put in transferring all those markings onto your fabric. If you did not do it then please go back and do that step - you won't regret it I promise .
Sew across the points where marked, trim and press open.
You will probably also be glad by now that this is a practise tie and you are using some fabric which is easy to work and not the silk your partner wants you to use - that comes later.

Having made little pleats, as instructed on the pattern sheet, sew the lining fabric in place, following the lines you marked on the fabric and sewing each side separately. Do this for both ends.

It will make sense once the tie is in front of you.

Sew along the sides up to the markers , turn it right side out and press.

When you have Turned the ends right side out and you will see that you have beautiful neat points. If you have not, undo it and start again , this is a practise tie remember, but you need to get it right eventually.

In the pattern envelope you will have found some pieces to cut out in interfacing. Choose the correct weight for your fabric , I used light weight sew in , join them together as instructed.then place the interfacing along the inside of the tie following your markings, pinning it in place as you go.

At the same time as pinning your interfacing in place, turn in the long ends along the marked lines and press them flat.

Fold the edges to the centre and pin in place as shown above.

We need to do a lot of hand sewing now as we need to hand sew the edges together and making a bar tack (easy) just so that it looks professional, if you have your own label you can sew that in too.

If your man does not like your choice of fabric this time don't worry, wear it yourself, if you don't want to wear it round your neck then use it as a belt or on your hat. The next one you make will be easier and you can make it in whatever you like, silk, wool, whatever, the point is whatever suits him or you is fine, thats the beauty of making things yourself, they are unique and original,  so have fun and play with fabrics.

Then I made another tie, but this time in pure silk. The tips are lined in Emerald silk.

Make one in tartan, florals, stripes, whatever!!

and this this one is totally appliqued with sequin highlights!



I have had many enquiries on how I made the appliqué tie above, so I have made another one to show you.
Once the tie is cut out and the interfacing placed it is time to consider your design
Choose your fabric and carefully cut around the shapes you want to incorporate into your design.

Start placing them on the tie filling all the spaces, add smaller motives to add interest.

When you are happy with your design use some spray non-permanent craft glue to hold them in place. The tie will not be washed and will only be worn on stage once a week at most so I am not worried about stability or fraying. If I was using a fabric which was not stable or of it needed frequent washing I would use a fusible interfacing on the back of each motif. 

Choose a clear plastic machine foot with a wide gap and set your machine to an applique stitch. If your machine does not have one you could use a small zigzag. Go around each piece with sewing, it is easier to do the larger background pieces first, by the way, be patient as this  takes a long time!
Check to make sure you have not missed anywhere, I always find something I have not stitched, so I double check everywhere.
Give it a good press and trim any loose threads.

I find it easier and neater to sew the point facing in place by hand.

Fold the tie around the interfacing and hand stitch the back as before,  adding a keeper to hold the other end in place.
Give it a really good press.

Because this tie is for stage wear and it matches a shirt I already made, I wanted to embelesh it with a few sequins.
I chose some red ones for highlights.

Add as few or as many as you like.

So, here it is, a hand made, appliqued, embellished tie which - if you could buy one  -would cost a fortune!

I still have made lots of ties and bow ties
this tartan one was for new years eve. I made it by stitching some tartan ribbon to some satin ribbon of the same width. I joined the strips into two circles one slightly larger then the other and stitching them together firmly in the centre

Form the middle into pleats and sew tightly so that the middle is much smaller, then cover it with a piece of. Fabric or ribbon.  For the neck strap you need a packet of bow -tie fasteners. Stitch the neck strap, either use a firm ribbon or make a narrow tube with fabric. Stitch to the bow tie by hand. The hook side goes under the bow tie itself, see the picture below, the eye and the slider goes at the long end.

it is quite easy to figure it out just by following my pictures.

And this is the finished result.

You will be able to make lots of these for less than the cost of one bought from a shop.
next time I will Show you how to make one from scraps of fabric.

I also  make Christmas ties, this particular one is made from red cotton appliquéd with felt penguins! It is rather fun and jolly
After cutting it out, mark all the seam and fold lines and measure where you want to put your little applique penguins, Santa, Christmas trees etc etc
I held them in place with temporary craft glue whilst I machined all the way around them I placed them in a straight row down the middle of the tie.

The next thing to do is to add your lining to the points and put in the interfacing as before 

Just finished, - one Christmas tie, with err, penguins! 

As an afterthought I glued on sparkly bits, which I think finishes it nicely!

I made another two ties and a bow tie. All totally hand sewn, they took around an hour each. Once you have made your practice tie you will whiz them up quickly.

 Three not so ordinary satin ties!

This is a close up of the satin bow tie. 

Please do make one, they really are easy and would be appreciated