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Thread: Has anyone made a men's tie?

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    DH has asked me to make him a denim tie to wear to an office BBQ.

    I found this free pattern online:

    http://pukingpastilles.com/wp-conten...ie-Pattern.pdf

    Any words of wisdom before I go fabric hunting?

    There's always a bit of teasing at his office. He's known for wearing dress shirts and ties even when some of the employees wear dockers and polo shirts.

    I think he would look nice in a long sleeve chamray shirt with a tie made out of bandana material. He has his heart set on denim like material.

    If I do actually make it out of old blue jeans, I wonder how it would work with no lining and raw edge since denim is so thick.

    If you have made a tie, could you show a picture of it?

    I'm more of a quilter than a seamstress. :-(

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    I made them in the 70's. They are not hard. Sounds like your HD is fun. Go for it!

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    Maybe try serging or overcasting the edges? I'd check around and see if I could find some lighter weight denim. I'm thinking that old blue jeans might not work because the tie needs to be cut 100% on the bias, and the blue jean legs are cut on the straight grain. Try laying the pattern out on a pair of uncut jeans to see if it would work. Sounds like an interesting project!

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    You really need to look for denim like fabric. Real denim will be too thick for a tie. See if you can find some chambray shirt fabric that looks like denim.

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    my daughter is making 3 of them for a wedding. Have not seen them finished yet

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    I used to make them....only the ends are lined...so I would advise to do that...but get the lightest weight denim you can find.....

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    Made many, many ties for an ex. They were skinny they were 'bell bottomed' (very wide) and anything in between. I made them conservative and really really wild. They are easy...... but this pattern is different. The reason that the double windsor can't be used with this pattern is the double seam. Yes, it uses less fabric, but is bulker at the knot. Also, when I made mine I sewed them all the way around and turned. The opening for turning was in the fatter part of the tie, but a couple inches above the 'point'. I would also alter this pattern so that there would only be one seam. That way it wouldn't be a bulky. You will need a larger piece of fabric with one seam. Most of my ties required minimum 1 yard. Yes, purchase a length of denim not use old jeans. Also, try one for practice in a lighter weight fabric, but don't get to light of fabric to try (like silky types) because they are harder to handle especially on the bias.

    I wish I had a picture to show you all the little stinkers I made. No digital cameras back then......

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    they take more fabric than you would think, due to the bias thing. i'd look for denim colored broadcloth to make it.

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    This is what my daughter had to say about making ties (My pattern was from the blog purl bee of you want to google and provide link. I would advise to buy fabric, lighter denim and line as pattern calls for. Not hard, actually well suited for quilters as there is a lot of piecing, ironing and hand sewing.)

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    I made ties once....will never do it again. I couldn't get the thickness down....you have to get it so it doesn't look limp but not too thick that it won't knot correctly. I kept trying interfacings.....but couldn't get it to look right. Decided whatever it cost to buy one....was worth it!! My hats is off to all of you who could figure it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    You really need to look for denim like fabric. Real denim will be too thick for a tie. See if you can find some chambray shirt fabric that looks like denim.
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    Go to a thrift shop and look for some denim dresses. This will look like denim, but is much thinner and I believe it will work nicely. Line it with poly about the same color, this you might have to buy new, or might find in the thrift store in the blouse department.

    Some of the most expensive men's suit and tie makers use some wildly colored linings, so it has been done. Make up a label for it and put some sort of name on it.

    Some time ago one of my sisters and I made some of our clothes and to keep "friends" from insisting we do the same for them, we had another friend make us some labels. They said "Original by Mattie Harris, designer for the STARS" and "Mattie Harris, Original, copy No.2 of 2" which drove our friends nuts. We solemnly told them that Mattie was a distant cousin of our Mom's and was retired but made a few things for us only!!!!!

    Let DH have some fun with his new ties. I'll bet he will be the best dressed there. And good for him for keeping up with dressy traditions, so rarely do you see a real man dressed correctly.

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    I used to make them a lot, using cotton fabric. I made a couple from oriental fabric that looked great. My DH (when he used to wear ties) really liked them.

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    I have a friend who is a magician and I found some magic themed fabric and I made him a bow tie and cumberbund out of it. Turned out nice. I have a McCalls pattern that I used. Not really that hard!

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    Thank you everyone!

    Well, I found some denim like material in my stash leftover from years ago when I made curtains for the boys playroom. There was enough to make a tie and a matching hat. I lined the hat with terrycloth. The hat turned out a lot better than the tie. I bought the thinnest, softest interfacing I could find at Joanne's. The tie was still "thick". DH had a little trouble tieing it. But, he wore it to work along with his hat.

    I'm thinking next time just line the tie like Buzzy Bee did.

    Appreciate everyone's input.

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