Originally Posted by kopah
As a 5'10" guy with an average-length torso and a 14.5" neck, I find it's impossible to tie a four-in-hand knot on a standard 58-inch-long tie without having several inches of the narrow blade hanging out awkwardly. Tucking into pants or shirt is just not acceptable, so I pretty much always tie a half-windsor, but even this is too long with some ties/some trouser rises. I know I can get ties shortened, but sending them all to TieCrafters is an expensive proposition.
Are there any companies out there known for making shorter ties? Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 53 to 55 inches? With the width being 3.25 inches or less? I've got a couple of vintage thrift-store finds in this category, and every now and again you can find an '80's HermÃ¨s on eBay that fits the bill, but I'm hoping for a reasonably reputable modern manufacturer with new stock.
In the alternative (and perhaps bordering on sacrilege): is it possible to shorten a tie myself by just chopping off a few inches from the short end, folding over the edge, and machine-sewing it? Or is it necessary to cut along the shape of the V, take apart the lining, etc., so as to preserve the slip-stitching inside the tie that allows it to recover from twisting?
I have the same problem, however I also have a fix:
I wrap the longer end around the knot part TWICE before bulling it through the loop to make the dimple. This uses up a few more inches from the longer side and makes for the finished product to look more it's "supposed" to............no tucking in required!
Hope this helps