Last week I decided I wanted to make a bow tie. I located a pattern on BurdaStyle (I like their slogan: “For People Who Sew”). Over the weekend I picked up some fabric and interfacing, leaving me two tasks:
1. Assemble bow tie.
2. Learn how to tie bow tie.
This afternoon I tackled these tasks.
The process was relatively smooth. I’m not happy with some of the seams; I definitely learned some things that will help me the next time I make a bow tie. The bow tie pieces are constructed inside out, so the most time consuming part of the entire process was flipping them righside out.
When I had finished the assembly I moved on to the tying process. I wish I could say it clicked the first time I tried it. Not so. But after some trail and error, including some knots that were nothing short of embarrassing, I finally figured it out. I felt very classy while shoeless in my black gym shorts, half buttoned shirt, and bow tie.
Now that I have an idea what I’m doing I think I’ll try to make a few more, applying some of the things I learned about the seams and shaping the bows. With cheap fabric a bow tie can be made for less than $2.00, so time is the limiting factor here.