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Methods of making a good bow tie


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Apr 26, 2012
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As I want to improve my sewing skills, I have made some bow ties (self-tie, of course) by myself. Now I want to make a good bow tie.

However, the problem is that I don't know how a good bow tie is made. Therefore, I have two questions:
  • Which sort of interfacing is advisable?
  • Does it make a difference if the tie is cut on the straight grain or on the bias? It seems to me that most bow ties are cut on the bias, but formal white marcella bow ties are always cut on the straight grain.

My experiments with interfacing are using no interfacing at all (floppy), using linen interfacing (stiff), using nonwoven non-fusible interfacing (rather floppy) and using nonwoven fusible interfacing (bad for a tie).

The tie will have a batwing shape (I can't stand other shapes) and it will be made of cotton or linen.

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