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necktie fabric?

kafree2fly | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hi all,

I’ve lately gotten into sewing neckties; but am having trouble finding good sources of fabric. I’ve had some great luck with Chinese brocades (decent weight) but would love to find other options. Any recommendations?



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    purduemom | | #1

    I have purchased nice quality silk tie fabric from Fabricationsonline.com. This is an independently-owned, family-run business with an actual shop in Michigan. I first met the owners,Dick and Janet, at the Novi sewing expo several years ago and each year continue to be impressed with the quality of fabric they stock.

    1. kafree2fly | | #2

      Fantastic!  I'll give them a try!  Many thanks,



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    JunkQueen | | #3

    I love to hear about all the varying sewing interests of the people on this forum. I've never made neckties, but I buy them at thrifts and garage sales. They make wonderful piping and trim since they are already cut on the bias, and the colors and patterns add interest of a sometimes dull project. I've made necktie purses and totes, too, for a fun project. I have a hard time keeping them, because my friends and family often talk me out of whatever I'm carrying.

  3. alotofstitches | | #4

    My friend just asked me yesterday about sewing neckties!  Where did you get your pattern?  What kind of interfacing did you use?  Supply source?  She is a beginning sewer but does a really great job.

    1. kafree2fly | | #5

      I've had okay luck with a McCall's (I think??) pattern--offhand I can't remember the number.  Truth is, there really aren't all that many men's patterns offered by any of the major US patternmakers; so it shouldn't be hard to find!  %)  The tie is a bit narrow; so I'm thinking of trying my hand at re-drafting it.  Oh, and the instructions are a bit odd--they call for very *light* pressing, which ends up looking really sloppy!  When I mentioned that to my brother (who is both a tie aficionado and an excellent seamster), he thought I was joking! 

      Ties are pretty satisfying, all told:  They demand extremely good grainline placement, accurate cutting and marking, careful pressing, and patience for a LOT of hand-sewing.  Having said that, though, they also offer a *fantastic* opportunity to practice all of the above.  You can complete a tie in a solid afternoon's work; and when they turn out well, the results are stunning.  They don't demand huge amounts of fabric either--though with the brocades I've used, I've had enough leftovers (and enough fabric envy) to make matching clutch bags for myself and my female friends and relatives. 

      For a beginner, I'd recommend making a muslin just to practice the cutting/folding/pressing and get a feel for the geometry; but otherwise it's a great project!


    2. kafree2fly | | #6

      whoops--I forgot to answer your interfacing question!  I just use silk organza, especially with the brocades I've been using--anything heavier would be a mess in that instance.  I've gotten all my silk via mail order at Thai Silks, and have had good luck with them so far.

      I have a feeling I'll stick with organza even when/if I can get some slightly lighter-weight tie fabric...

    3. KharminJ | | #7

      Greetings ~ I just went looking through my Bookmarks for "tie fabric" (I know it's in there somewhere!) and found this site - http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/Tutorials/HOBERHowToMakeANECKTIE.htma very good 'how to' on making ties, and a terrific resource for all kinds of menswear questions. I'll add the fabric link when I find it!Bright Blessings ~ Kharmin
      This is handwoven thai silk:<p>http://www.sangdao.com/store/thai-silk-fabrics-c249.html<p>Edited 4/4/2009 12:15 am by KharminJ

      Edited 4/4/2009 12:16 am by KharminJ

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      purduemom | | #8

      While I was trying to draft a pattern for a 7-fold necktie, I found a couple of vintage (a Vogue from 1952 and McCalls from 1941) men's tie patterns on ebay. The Vogue is a great pattern and includes 2 different styles of bow ties as well as a single fold tie and seven fold tie. When DH purges 'old' ties, I take them apart, saving the interfacing for new ties and using the silk for piping and bias trim. Issue #27 of Threads (thank goodness for ebay!) has a great article by David Page Coffin on neckties.

      1. jjgg | | #9

        http://sevenfoldties.reflexblue.org/seven_fold/stepbystep.phpDon't know if you've seen this site, but it has a great tutorial about neckties both 6 and 7 fold.

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        amateursarto | | #10

        7 fold tie pattern

        Hi purduemom,

        I know I'm bumping a four year old thread, but I wanted to ask do you know the pattern numbers for either of those patterns?  I have searched forever trying to find two vintage Vogue patterns on ebay and etsy and haven't found anything.  I make seven fold ties, but am always interested in the history of them and would love to collect patterns of these.  I kow there is a pattern library which has reproduction patterns, but I've never seen a Vogue pattern from them.  Do you still have the Vogue pattern?  If you ever decide to part with it, please consider let me know.  Or if you or anyone else can point me to the right source, I'd like to purchase my own pattern.



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