Added Sep 19, 2010
My first bow tie. Okay, my second. I gave the first to my nephew. For those who could not find the technique, if you look at the page that has the description of the pattern and several pictures of the tie (the MAKE IT image), there is a section that says related techniques. I used the one where you pull the strings through the tube. That works but you have to be careful when you are grading the seams. Next, I tried just taking a needle and thread and making a few whip stitches to anchor and then leave the tails long in each corner. That works, too. The easiest way I found to turn the tie was to use an unsharpened pencil, pushing from the tie end through the tube. Then I used a retractable pen to push out the corners (you may want to remove the click mechanism so you don’t mark your garment).
One thing I discovered when I gave the tie to my nephew, the tie is designed for the dapper dude with a pencil thin neck! It will only adjust out to about a size 15. If your dude has, er, a thick neck, you’ll need to add some length to the tube ends.
I will make and offer these for sale at a later date.
I used decorator fabric. It’s a little rough and makes it more difficult to turn than a silky type material but it’s doable.
I bought my sliders at a website that delivered them within 3 business days, regular first class mail!! Cheap, too. 25 cents each with a discount for bulk (which starts at 25- that’s only 12 ties!)
Strapworks.com Be care, it’s tricky to tell how big the sliders are. I suggest you send them an email and they can suggest the appropriate slider for your material.
This morning, I found a bow tie set. It is for the traditional adjustment so you would have to modify the pattern to have the tiny holes which the hook goes into.
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