How to make a neck tie
How to make a tie
Sewing has been always a hobby. At first I was sewing for my dolls and with the time I started sewing for myself: dresses, skirts, trousers… After a while it became more than a hobby and my curiosity led me to try other fields like lingerie or menswear. And eventually all this led me to make my first tie.
I always thought that the most difficult pieces to make were men’s clothes. I also feared that I would probably never be enough experienced to make them. Well, I was wrong!
My first project was a men’s shirt. Menswear is complicated. The details are very important very visible. That means that 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, my next goal was men’s accessories and the result was amazing. Would you like to learn how to make a tie? below you will find a simple tutorial.
Are you ready?
Before we start, I will point out that below you will find the instructions to draw you pattern and some easy guide to sew your own tie. It is really easy! but if you don’t have much time or energy you can find the downloadable pattern and the instructions on my Etsy Store. Now, let’s get started!
A tie with my own patterns
I took an old tie, cut it into pieces and created the pattern from that.
As you can see, the tie pattern will consist of 3 pieces ( it is blue fabric in the picture above) plus the lining. Because this was my first tie ever, I decided to do it as easier and simpler as possible so the fabric pieces will be the same for the fabric and the lining.
Since the most trendy and flattering neck ties at the moment are the skinny ones, that is the pattern I decided to do. If you want to go for a wider tie, you can modify the pattern by adding just a few inches/centimetres.
Remember that I am based in Europe so this tutorial is in centimetres but you can see the inches equivalence by using an online converter.
As I previously mentioned, if you think that drawing the pattern 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.
We are going to work with fabric, lining and interfacing* . In this case, I decided to ignore the interfacing just to make it easier. In the picture below you can see that the grey/blue fabric corresponds to the fabic and the coral is the lining (exact same pattern for both).
*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 the parts ready so it is time to put them together.
If you decided to add interfacing, 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 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 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 recommend you to use a ladder stitch or a blind stich.
As you can see, it is not complicated. You just need to be a bit meticulous and it can be the perfect present for your dad, husband, friends or even your kids if you adapt the length of the pattern.