Making your own necktie allows you to choose any fabric you like, in order to match or contrast with various outfits. You can also customise the width and length when you make your own tie. Wearing the right tie is important for social functions and business meetings. A necktie can also be a good conversation starter, which is especially useful if you are at a party or other social function where you don't know many people. Make your own ties at home with a few basic sewing skills.
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Things you need
- Necktie pattern
- Silk or cotton fabric
- Tracing wheel
- Tracing paper
- Sewing scissors
- Tailor's chalk
- Sewing machine
Lay out the pieces of your necktie pattern on your fabric at a 45-degree angle, or on the bias. Use a tracing wheel and tracing paper to trace all the lines of the pattern onto the fabric.
Cut the pieces out of the fabric with a pair of sharp sewing scissors. If you are using a pattern with an inside and outside line, cut on the outside line to create a seam allowance.
Pin the wide and narrow ends of the outer tie together in the middle, with the right sides facing each other. Sew them together with a straight stitch on a machine or by hand. You are creating one long piece --- the full length of the visible side of the tie. Use an iron on the wrong side of the fabric to press the seam to one side.
Lay the wide and narrow liner pattern pieces on the muslin and cut them out just as you did the visible pieces, at a 45-degree angle. Trace the pieces onto another piece of muslin with tailor's chalk and cut around the outlines. Sew the four pieces together in the middle just as you did the two visible pieces, using a zigzag stitch.
Sew all the way around the two muslin layers with a straight stitch.
Fold the outer tie together at the wide end, lengthwise. Hand-sew the tip together with a few stitches to form a point. Pin the pieces together along the seam line.
Sew along the original traced line on both sides of the fold to make a neat seam. Repeat the process on the narrow end of the tie. Press both ends with an iron and lay them flat, facedown. Lay the muslin pieces on top of them. The visible pieces will be twice the size of the muslin; just lay the muslin down the middle.
Fold the two seams of the visible portion of the tie over the muslin and pin them together down the middle, being careful not to pin through to the front of the tie. Whip stitch the sides together, going through the muslin liner. Press the tie flat with an iron before wearing it.
Tips and warnings
- Necktie patterns are available online, or you can purchase a pre-printed one in a store. If you can't find a suitable pattern, take apart an old tie by pulling the seams apart with a seam ripper. Trace the pieces on tissue paper and use them as a guide for cutting your new tie.
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