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Tips en opmerkingen

Precisie

Since a bow tie is a rather small item, precission with sewing is key to a good result. Any slight difference between the upper and lower part of the bow will stand out. To get a great result I found it very helpful to trace the actual seam lines onto the interfacing and follow that while sewing.

Strijk wijs

Tijdens de constructie zal gevraagd worden je stof te strijken. Please be careful that you are not using too much heat on a delicate fabric that can’t handle it.

Het is een goed idee om een paar restjes stof te strijken voor je begint. This will allow you to figure out what is a good heat setting for the fabric you are using.

Choosing your grain

This pattern includes a grain line. This grain line is mostly there to be used with the interfacing. Since each pattern piece is interfaced, the grain line of the fabric itself is not so important. You can even change this from the standard for more informal impressions.

If this all sounds very confusing, might I suggest reading the help page on Fabric grain.

Bow tie adjustment ribbon

This pattern allows you to make a bow tie that is the right length for a certain neck size. It can also make one that has a ribbon and hardware that makes the bow tie adjustable to different neck sizes. This is useful if not all of your shirts have the same neck measurements, or if you sometimes like shirt with more ease in the neck.

These ribbons can be found in the better haberdasheries or can be ordered online.

Naadtoeslag

Since the bow tie is constructed with the right sides of the fabric against each other, the whole thing will have to be turned inside out. You probably want to consider using a small seam allowance of 6mm (¼ inch) to reduce the bulk.

Constructie

Step 1: Apply interfacing

Apply interfacing to all parts where you feel it’s needed.

Zonder aanpaslintje

Stap 2: Naai de knoop aan de kraagband

Put the collar band part on the bow tie knot part, right sides together. Leg de uiteindes van beide delen gelijk. Now sew across the end to join the parts.

Sew the collar band to the knot

Do this for each end on both collar bands.

Press open all the seams.

You now have two identical single sided bow ties.

Stap 3: Bevestig twee kanten

Sew both sides together

Lay both the sides you made on top of each other, right sides together. Sew all along, but leaving an area of 5cm open in the middle of the collar band. Through this opening we will turn the bow tie right side out.

Stap 4: Keren

Clip seam allowance

Clip the seam allowance back in the usual spots and make little cuts to allow for a smooth curves.

Then use the back of a large crochet hook, or some other appropriately long skinny object, to turn the two sides right-side-out through the little opening. Start by gently pulling the two fabric pieces at the end of the bow apart. Then push the end of the bow up between the two pieces of fabric. Keep gently pushing while pulling the rest of the tie down over it. This can be a tedious procedure. Take your time and be gentle. It’s easy to push too hard and rip stitches or fabric.

Once you have the tie right side out, make sure you push all the corners and sides out before giving it a good press.

Stap 5: Sluiten

Closing the bow tie

Now all that is left is closing the litle hole we used to turn the bow tie right side out. You can do this by hand with a slip stitch, or a ladder stitch. Or you can use the machine and stitch right at the edge of the band. Since this will normally be hidden by the collar of your shirt, it will not be all that obvious.

Now give it one last press and admire your work.

Met aanpaslintje

Stap 2: Lintje bevestigen

Sew the ribbon to part 1

The first thing to do is to sew the adjustment ribbon to the shortest of the bow parts. The ribbon should be 290mm long. If it is different, you have to make sure that you align it such that the ribbon and short bow piece together are as long as the long bow piece.

Put right sides of the short bow piece and the ribbon together.

Now sew across the end to join the parts.

Stap 3: Bevestig twee kanten

Sew both sides together

Lay both the parts of the medium bow on top of each other, right sides together. And lay the long bow on top of the ribbon and short bow part, also rights sides together.

Sew all along, but leave the short ends open. Through these openings we will turn the bow tie parts right side out.

Stap 4: Keren

Clip seam allowance

Clip the seam allowance back in the usual spots and make little cuts to allow for a smooth curves.

Then use the back of a large crochet hook, or some other appropriately long skinny object, to turn the two parts right-side-out through the ends. Start by gently pulling the two fabric pieces at the end of the bow apart. Then push the end of the bow up between the two pieces of fabric. Keep gently pushing while pulling the rest of the tie down over it. This can be a tedious procedure. Take your time and be gentle. It’s easy to push too hard and rip stitches or fabric.

Once you have the part right side out, make sure you push all the corners and sides out before giving it a good press.

Do this with both parts.

Stap 5: Voeg hardware toe

Now we need to add the two pieces of hardware that make the bow tie adjustable. The oval looking piece will be attached to the part without the adjustment ribbon. And the piece with the T shaped attachment will go on the part with the ribbon.

First do the part without the ribbon. This is because the fabric tail of the ribbon piece will have to go through the oval part before sewing on its hardware. If you would do it in the other sequence, you may not be able to feed it through.

To finish the ends, we’re going to fold the fabric in three steps:

Three steps to fold, one step to sew

First we fold the side in under an angle. Then we fold the end over by just a small seam allowance, something like 5mm. Then we fold it over again, for about 1cm. Finally we stick the oval ring under this last fold and stitch across.

Now feed the ribbon piece through the oval part and we finish it the same way.

Hook the T in one of the adjustment holes and your bow tie is done!

Good job!