Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bow Ties are Cool

Dr Who is of course the ultimate source for all things stylish in men's fashion right now

today I'm going to show you how I drafted my bow tie for LKJ.

Lets start by gathering our supplies
you will need
4 pieces of paper (or 2 really long pieces)
sticky tape
measuring tape
scissors for cutting paper

Step 1
You need to decide what size bow you would like. LKJ's is a fairly standard size bow.
2 3/4" high
so mark this measurement along the short edge of 1 piece of paper

Step 2.
Now decide how wide you want the bow. LJK's is
2 1/4"
So rule a line half way between your first measurent out 2 1/4"

Fold your paper along that last line

measure down 1" and mark
Join the 2 marks

To give it a softer feel you can make this line curvy like I did with LKJ's

Step 6.
cut along the line

Step 7.
This is where I felt I really got clever lol
Unfold your paper then fold the first part up and trace it
(sounds weird here is a picture)

Step 8.
Fold it in half again and cut along that line
now it looks like this

Step 9.
Repeat step 7

Step 10.
Now lay it flat and fold it in half again
we are now going to make the bit that goes around the neck.
I made my neck piece 1" wide so its easy to tie and sits under the collar nicely.
From the fold measure down 1/2"

Step 11.
Make the 2 end point meet up
as in picture bellow

Step 12
Measure out knot allowance 2 1/2"

Step 13
Measure out 1/2 your neck measurement
(You will now need to stick a second piece of paper to the first for length)
LKJ's measurement was 9 1/2"
so we measure out 4 3/4"

Step 14 
cut it out, open it up and 
1 bow-tie pattern

At this point it doesn't have seam allowances so add those however works for you
here is how I did it

Now don't add seam allowances to the end as this is where you fold your material

Ok that's it, You're done!

Couldn't have put it better myself

Stephanie xoxo

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  1. Awesome tutorial! My son is soooooo into Dr Who. He wants a Tardis quilt!!

  2. I just made my son a bowtie for prom, I wish I had found this tutorial before I struggled through the fitting. It turned out ok but I will use yours next time - since now all his friends want one :)

  3. Ha! nice picture, fun tutorial!