Laura from the office has made this lovely tie for her dad. It’s so tricky to find nice homemade gift ideas for the men in our lives and this is the perfect ‘easy sew’. I asked Laura about the project.
“I started by opening up the charity shop tie and used the outside fabric as my template to cut out the Liberty fabric. I also saved the navy lining from the charity shop tie as it perfectly matched my Liberty fabric- unintentional double bonus! The only downside to a tie is that it must be cut on the bias which leads to a lot of fabric waste but there is also opportunity in that to make a matching handkerchief (which just so happens to be my only other mens sewing gift idea…). I had cut a yard of Liberty but unfortunately the charity shop tie was 10cm longer than I expected so had to make a bias join in the middle of the tie. A lot of ties have a seam at some point along their lengths so this isn’t a disaster and the London Fields print is so busy it becomes almost invisible anyway.”
“The most fiddly part of sewing the tie was aligning the lining and the main fabric at the end point. Unlike usual seams where fabrics must be aligned perfectly edge to edge, the lining had to finish 5mm (this measurement probably differs depending on the pattern you use) away from the edge of the main fabric and this took a few re-pinning attempts to get right. Once the pointed ends have been sewn the linings are attached on both ends and then the padding is inserted, but not secured in place. Re-using the lining from the charity shop tie meant I had handy creases and pin pricks of stitching lines to follow which was a very reassuring guide.”
“The outside fabric is then wrapped around the padding, top seam folded behind to make a clean edge, and then pinned in place. The tab to feed the narrow tie end through is simply a tube inserted into the middle seam, then ironed flat and hand sewn down onto the back of the tie. I then hand sewed the full length of the middle seam shut using a blind stitch, being sure not to catch any of the fabric from the front of the tie with the needle.”