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I made a bowtie

chrisb0109

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Inspired by some of the talk in WAYWRN about doing your own alterations, I decided to try and make my own bow tie. This is the only bow tie I have ever had, so tying it was harder than making it.

I think it came out pretty well for the first try. What do you think about the proportions? I think the wings need to be a bit longer.

 

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Beautiful!
 

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Originally Posted by Lightbringer
Nice! How did you make it?

I just drafted a pattern that I thought would work based on my neck measurement, and guessing at the length of the wings, cut the pieces out of a bit Of fabric I had lying around, and sewed it together by hand.

I have some nice black an white plaid wool with a red over check. I would like to make one out of that, but wanted to work out the pattern first.
 

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You should make a DIY for your next one. That one seemed to turn out pretty well, and I have some fabric that might look good as a bow tie.
 

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Originally Posted by landshark
You should make a DIY for your next one.

+1

Looks good. A bit wider would be nice.
 

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Looks great, what was the fabric? Wool?
 

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I approve.
 

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I like the DIY spirit! Looks good.
 

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The rule of thumb for bowtie width is outside the eyes, inside the ears. Usually, I try to line it up with the outside corners of my eyes.
An easy way to size a bowtie pattern is to just buy a cheap adjustable, size it to your neck and trace the pattern with an extra 1/4" seam allowance.
Depending on the stiffness of your fabric, you might want to use a piece of interlining and sew it to one side of your bowtie (on the wrong side) with an 1/8" seam allowance and then sew the two halves together. It'll help your bow ends stay crisp instead of wilting and sagging.
 

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Originally Posted by hardline_42
The rule of thumb for bowtie width is outside the eyes, inside the ears. Usually, I try to line it up with the outside corners of my eyes.
An easy way to size a bowtie pattern is to just buy a cheap adjustable, size it to your neck and trace the pattern with an extra 1/4" seam allowance.
Depending on the stiffness of your fabric, you might want to use a piece of interlining and sew it to one side of your bowtie (on the wrong side) with an 1/8" seam allowance and then sew the two halves together. It'll help your bow ends stay crisp instead of wilting and sagging.


Never heard that rule before, it makes sense.
 

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