I always thought that the most difficult pieces to make would be men’s wear and that I would probably never be enough experienced to make them. Well, I can proudly say that has changed. A few months ago I made my first men’s shirt.
It is complicated because details are more visible so you have to be very meticulous. But at the same time, doing men’s wear is the best way to improve you sewing skills and patience.
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.
Drawing the pattern
In case you don’t want to distroy 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 (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). The pattern pieces being the same of all of them.
Place each piece on the bias of the fabric. 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.
Second 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 assamble 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 ride sides of both the lining and the fabric and sew the top and the bottom ( letting the sides open) and once done, I turned it inside out .
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.
And this is the amazing result. It is not so complicated, you just need to be a bit meticulous and it can be the perfect present.
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Susana Nakatani is a sewing lover who shares her techniques, tips and patterns with the readers of her blog SusanaNakatani.com. Connect with her on Google+