Ever since I started sewing, one of my friends really wanted me to make him a bow tie but I was always too scared to make it. I searched for tutorials online and found a few (Here.. this is the best one i found). It didn’t seem that difficult at first. A few months back I tried to make it but it didn’t work out at all. I realised that the cloth I was using was too thin and fragile and would fray everytime I would try to turn the bow tie inside out. I did a little more research on it and decided to give it another shot. This time it worked! This is how it looks. I’ve made a few more after that. It is true what they say- “Try and try till you succeed“. My friend really likes it so mission accomplished!
After my research on bowties, I have fallen in love with them. They are amazing. Can you believe they have been around since the 17th century! They give a person a classy elegant look and just uplift the entire outfit to a whole new level. The self tie bowtie is the most classy bow tie. You can go for a clip on but it just does not match up to the self tie. You can wear it for any wedding or a party. If you want to spice things up a bit, the men from the groom and/ or the bride’s side can go for same bowties with a funky pattern. The groom’s buddies can also wear bow ties for the bachelor party. There is no end to the occassions where you can carry off this little classic piece!
After I was done making my bow tie I had to learn how to tie it. If you don’t know how to tie it, here you go. Again, it looks so easy but I found it really hard to tie it on me and in the end I finally managed.
Here are a few things I wish i knew or had paid more attention to while making my first bow tie. These may help you along the way if you wish to make your own bowtie.
- Bowties are best made with silk or cotton.
- Try to use a thick cotton cloth for your first try.
- Don’t be lazy. Use interfacing or lining.
- While turning the bow tie inside out, scrunch up the sides first and use a stick or pencil to push the sides inside out, one at a time.
- Using a chalk, trace where you will be sewing and then sew on that line. This makes it easier to keep the curves on both ends symmetrical and makes sewing a lot more easier.
- Be patient.
- Do not make the opening (from where you will pull out the right side of the bowtie) too small. Make sure there is enough space for the entire fabric at the end to pass through.
If you are all ready and excited to make your first bow tie, best of luck! Let me know how it turns out. If you don’t sew, then go and get a bow tie for your next function! Cheers!