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Men’s Ties?

dwessl | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has made men’s ties? I offered to TRY to make one for a friend. Are there any patterns, or is there a back issue of threads that has some info? Any help would be appreciated, thanks. Suzanne


  1. Michelle | | #1

    perhaps you could try dismantling a tie and using it as a pattern.

    shelly in Jerusalem

    1. dwessl | | #3

      I did take apart one of his old ties, and I realize it is cut on the bias. i had an old piece of silk (not overly masculine) and am in the process of putting it together. The ends are not coming out as the original, but for the first tie, it's not too bad. Thanks and I will keep trying.

    2. dwessl | | #4

      Thanks for the suggestion. I did try that and it is coming out fairly well. The ends I am not to pleased with, but for the first try, it's not to bad. Thanks

  2. SewTruTerry | | #2

    I would find a tie at a second hand store and use it as a pattern and also raid the tie for the hair canvas that you will need. Also remember that the tie is cut with the bias running the length of the tie.  Good Luck and try to post pictures.

    1. carolfresia | | #8

      I remember a friend of mine, a very design- and style-conscious architecture student, complaining about the fact that the stripes on a tie always run diagonally. I was completely puzzled by this comment, until I realized he had no idea about fabric grain, and couldn't make the leap to understanding that the stripes reflect the bias grain required the make a tie hang properly. I have to admit I wondered if I'd want him to design a building for me!! But then again, I don't know a thing about cantilevers or structural engineering or where you put heating ducts, so I guess perhaps I shouldn't have judged too harshly.


  3. jyang949 | | #5

    The ends are a bit tricky; mitered corners work well here.

    When you slip-stitch the back seam, try not to catch the canvas interfacing.

    A finished tie can be dry-cleaned but not pressed--ever! Any rumples from the cleaning machine can be removed at the steaming table, by gently stroking the tie with a soft brush.


  4. georgiagg | | #6

    Many years ago I had a pattern for men's ties.  I made a couple for my father who never wore a tie.  The instructions were good and I think the pattern was a Simplicty, not sure I still have it.  Now I just buy ties or get them from friends and make vests with them for sale.  I am now looking at making a comforter for my son's/spare room.  Maybe someone with old patterns may have the pattern.

    1. dwessl | | #10

      Hi, and thanks for the respose. I picked up a pattern and will give it a try. It was McCalls Thanks  to all who have responded.

  5. FitnessNut | | #7

    David Page Coffin wrote an excellent article on making men's neckties, published on page 40 of issue # 27. It deals with making ties by hand, but I was able to successfully adapt it to a machine version with the help of a tie from my DH's closet. Coffin includes a pattern IIRC, as well as all the information regarding interfacing, lining, etc. that you could possibly need.

    1. dwessl | | #9

      Thanks for the info. Are you saying that article is in ThreadsMagazine? or something else? I have that issue, i'll check, thanks again.

      Edited 4/1/2005 9:40 am ET by Suzanne

  6. kathryn | | #11

    there is a great pattern from vogue (#7104) that i have used many times. it appears complicated at first sight, but i made 7 of them as christmas presents and i felt like i was a pro by the 2nd one. it comes in only one size, which turned out to be too short for my tall brother, so i made him a longer one, adding 5" to the length of the thin back end. it is important to use a fine fabric that will not cause too much bulk when overlapped so much at the neck. also, it is wise to not serge any of the inside seams to also eliminate bulk. good luck!

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