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Making Your Own Necktie

post #1 of 18
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Aside from this tutorial on Sam Hober's site:
http://www.samhober.com/necktie/howtomakeanecktie.htm

Are there any books or anything that one can obtain to learn how to construct a necktie?
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by tiecollector View Post
Aside from this tutorial on Sam Hober's site:
http://www.samhober.com/necktie/howtomakeanecktie.htm

Are there any books or anything that one can obtain to learn how to construct a necktie?


I was wondering the same thing and decided that a good first attempt might be made by taking apart a tie (one you obviously don't care about), noting its construction, and then applying some of the information for Hober's site. I have yet to try it, but when I have a free weekend, it's a project I wish to attempt.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Roikins View Post
I was wondering the same thing and decided that a good first attempt might be made by taking apart a tie (one you obviously don't care about), noting its construction, and then applying some of the information for Hober's site. I have yet to try it, but when I have a free weekend, it's a project I wish to attempt.

I deconstructed a tie and altered it myself to make it skinnier, I have a thread around Thanksgiving that I made about it. I took some lazy shortcuts but it wasn't bad. I guess the part I'm most confused about is the pattern they speak of on the Sam Hober site. I think I'll ask my tailor about it and see if he can fill in the gaps.
post #4 of 18
David is going to start selling patterns and silk as well. He posted a thread yesterday.
post #5 of 18
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Well speak of the devil. Once I have a basic pattern and can make one, then I can't wait to start making my own patterns. Meanwhile, I have my heart set on making some lightweight summer ties.
post #6 of 18
Does anyone know how to monogram a tie?
post #7 of 18
I am going to set up a new website (under construction at the moment). www.necktiesupplies.com It will have a section with more advice on making ties. The most important thing to remember is to go slowly and have fun.
post #8 of 18
I've made several ties using a pattern from McCall. My local fabric store stocks a zillion silks and the special interfacing used in tie construction. The process is very simple.

McCall tie pattern link:

http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M2...niforms&page=2

Cheers!
post #9 of 18
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I've made several ties using a pattern from McCall.

Post some photos, we'd love to see them.
post #10 of 18
I think it's a great idea. Once David gets the site up and running I may try my hand at making one. I have a bunch of silk/wool glen plaid fabric that isn't getting used. Could make a nice tie.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by tiecollector View Post
Aside from this tutorial on Sam Hober's site: http://www.samhober.com/necktie/howtomakeanecktie.htm Are there any books or anything that one can obtain to learn how to construct a necktie?
Tie Collector, I have never seen a book on tie making, although there are patterns for sale and the occasional article here and there. Almost all ties these days are machine made or "hand made" on an assembly line - very, very quickly.... I have never seen high quality combed wool tie interlining fabric in a fabric store, and I am certain that it is no longer made in the USA. We have ours woven in Italy by small family run mills. And except for a few fabric stores in New York you will rarely see necktie silk for sale in a fabric store. Although you can buy inexpensive silk in a fabric store to make practice ties. As for patterns the commercial ones are a good start. The real secret to making a beatiful tie is the same as the one we learned as boys making model airplanes and boats - go slowly and carefully. Also if you really want to end up with a nice tie, making your own pattern will help you get a feel for how to change the shape. Lined six-folds or unlined seven-folds can also be made at home but you need lots of patience, and you need to have mastered standard three-folds first. The good news is that you won't need a pattern because you will be making your own patterns by the time that you are ready for complex constructions. I have made quite a few posts on the subject of interlinings, which along with my tie making instructions is enough to get you started. I will use the answers to questions to make an online guide on the new site (under construction) www.necktiesupplies.com I am curious to see what will be most popular: silk and wool by the yard or precut pieces. Comments or suggestions are appreciated as always. Maybe for the Christmas season some sort of package.
post #12 of 18
If I wanted to find good interlinings, I'd visit a thrift shop and buy up all the ugly but well made ties, and cut them open.

Glad to see you decided to offer the tiemaking kit.
post #13 of 18
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Eventually I would like to make my own patterns. Some of the patterns out there are pretty crazy that are woven into the fabric. No clue how you'd get a hold of a factory to do that for you. I know you can use silk paint and maybe I'll play around with it for my own Pucci-esque creations to start out with. How would one go about making their own fabric patterns?
post #14 of 18
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Eventually I would like to make my own patterns. Some of the patterns out there are pretty crazy that are woven into the fabric. No clue how you'd get a hold of a factory to do that for you. I know you can use silk paint and maybe I'll play around with it for my own Pucci-esque creations to start out with. How would one go about making their own fabric patterns?
When I was talking about patterns I meant the shapes that you would use to cut your silk and wool. If you are talking about the designs on the silk you can paint as you mention on white silk. If you have a silk screen setup that is a possibilty also. Perhaps some sort of photographic technique? Custom weaving at a silk mill takes months and there are minimum yardage requirements which might not work well for a home tiemaker. We weave by hand in Thailand but this is only suitable for a certain look.
post #15 of 18
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If I wanted to find good interlinings, I'd visit a thrift shop and buy up all the ugly but well made ties, and cut them open. Glad to see you decided to offer the tiemaking kit.
Hi J, The emails that you sent me a while back were very helpful. Thank you for your encouragement. Most thrift shop interlinings will not be of a high grade so be careful. If the shop lets you crumple the tie into a ball - see how it feels and the shape that it is in after you uncrumple it. You want wrinkle-resistance (from wool) but not stiffness from polyester etc. At first I will be offering just necktie silk and interlining wool. Later complete kits.
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