How to make a tie

Navy blue handmade tie
Navy blue handmade 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

For me a tie means elegance but far from seeing them as a way to show one’s social status or job, I consider them a timeless item that always remind me of the elegant men from the 20’s.
When I came up with the idea, I tried to get some patterns from somewhere but it seems like a tie it is not the most popular thing to sew, so I had to come up with a plan B.

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.

The Patterns

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.

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.

Cutting the fabric

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.

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12 thoughts on “The Neck Tie

    1. Hola Sandra,

      gracias por tu interés y tu comentario. Los patrones de la corbata son muy sencillos y para dibujarlos basta con que sigas las instruciones indicadas en el el blog. Si tienes alguna pregunta estaré encantada de ayudarte.
      Saludos,

      Susana

  1. Hola, me encanta su lazo. se ve muy aseado.
    Estoy planeando hacer un lazo como regalo de San Valentín para mi novio.
    ¿Podría usted por favor hágamelo saber qué material que utilizó; o cualquier otro material de calidad que podría utilizar.

    espero que responda pronto. gracias

    1. Hola,

      Gracias por tu interés y por consultar mi blog. El material que utilicé fue simple algodón para la corbata y el forro puesto que fue la primera. En realidad se puede utilizar cualquier tela aunque si quieres una corbata de calidad yo te recomiendo seda y forro de acetato.
      Un saludo y si tienes mas preguntas estaré encantada de ayudarte.

  2. Hello! I loved the tie, i have been looking for a pattern and i found yours, i would love to get your actual pattern :)

    Please let me know if you can help me out, Thank you!

  3. Hey! I love this pattern and how you explained everything. I have attempted to make the pattern myself by using your measurements, but for some reason I just can’t get it perfect. Is there anyway you can email me the pattern?

    1. Hi Candace!
      Thank you for your comment. I am sorry to hear about the trouble drawing the pattern but no worries I will contact you by email to send it to you.

      Best,

      Susana

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