The Neck Tie
How to make a tie
Sewing has been always a hobby, so at first I was sewing for my dolls and with the time I started sewing for myself: dresses, skirts, trousers… however, after a while it became more than a hobby and my curiosity to try new things led me to try other fields like lingerie or menswear.
I always thought that the most difficult pieces to make would be menswear and that I would probably never be enough experienced to make them. Well, I was wrong! It all started with a men’s shirt.
Menswear is complicated because details are more visible so you have to be very meticulous. At the same time, doing menswear is the best way to improve you sewing skills, fitting skills and patience.
After the shirt, I set as a goal men accessories and the result was amazing. Would you like to learn how to make a tie? below you will find a simple tutorial that I am sure will be helpful.
A tie with my own patterns
The Plan B
I took an old tie, cut it into pieces and created the pattern from that.
As you can see, the tie will be made out of 3 pattern pieces ( blue fabric in the pictures) plus the lining. Because this was my first tie ever, I decided to do it as easier as possible so the fabric pieces will be the same for the fabric and the lining.
Since the most trendy and flattering at the moment is the skinny tie, that is the pattern I chose. If you want to go for a wider tie, you can modify the pattern by adding just a few inches/centimetres.
Since I am based in Europe this tutorial is in centimetres but you can see the inches equivalence by using an online converter.
If you thing drawing it yourself or following these instructions is too complicated, check Susana Nakatani Etsy Store where you can find a downloadable tutorial and pattern or you can buy the paper version that will be sent by post to your home.
Drawing the pattern
In case you don’t want to destroy your boyfriend or husband’s tie, here are some little drawings you can follow to draw your tie. You can also contact me and I will gladly send you the pattern.
We are going to work with fabric, lining and interfacing* . The pattern pieces being the same of all of them.
*Interfacing is a textile used on the unseen or “wrong” side of fabrics to make an area of a garment more rigid. They can be used to stiffen or add body to fabric, such as the interfacing used in shirt collars. Source: Wikipedia
Place each piece on the bias of the fabric, this is very important. To help yourself, when you draw the pattern you can draw a line guide for it.
The bias is the same as a 45 degrees angle from the grain. You have to place that way both the lining and the fabric. For the Interfacing the placement is not important since it has no grain.
Ready to sew
We have all our parts ready so it is time to put them all together.
The first step is to fuse the interfacing to the inside of the fabric pieces.
Secondly, we start assembling the 3 pieces of fabric by sewing the edges with a half centimeter seam allowance (Let the corners to hang off the edge a bit in order to assemble it correctly). Do the same with the lining.
Now it is time to sew together the fabric and the lining. After reading a bit on the internet I found an easy solution. I put together the pointy sides of both the lining and the fabric and sew the top and the bottom ( letting the sides open) and once done, I turn it inside out .
As you can see in the picture, the next step is to fold 1 centimetre the long of the whole tie ( both sides) and press it gently. When pressing a tie, try do do it gently since it will look too flat and not beautiful if you iron it hard.
Once done, I fold both sides until they meet in the middle. Don’t forget to iron it as well.
The tie is almost ready. All you have to do now is to hand sew the central seam. I advice to use a ladder stitch or a blind stich.
It is not so complicated, you just need to be a bit meticulous and it can be the perfect present for your dad, husband, friends or your kids if you adapt the length of the pattern.