Tutorial: Tie Collar

Alright, as promised, here’s the tutorial on how to make your own tie collar.  The pictures turned out kind of dark because it was overcast today so there wasn’t much light in our apartment, but I think you can see them well enough to be able to make one yourself :)

Step 1: Choose Your Victim

So first things first, choose your intended scarf and loop it around your neck.  Let it gently follow the collar of your v-neck shirt so you can tell how much of the small tail you’ll need to leave to be able to tuck under the larger end.  Then start making little looped pouches.  I used my finger as a gauge for their thickness so they all came out about the same, or your can just eyeball it and adjust the ruffles as needed.  Pin as you go.

Front and Back View of the Pinned Ruffles

Once you have them all pinned carefully lay the tie around your neck to make sure that you like the length and the curve of the tie.  Add or remove ruffles as needed.

Pinned and Ready to Sew

After you have pinned the ruffles and are satisfied with the look of your tie, go ahead and carefully sew along the edge.  Go very slowly as your machine may have some trouble with the thick folds.  As you can see above I allowed my tie to curve a bit, I did this to give it more of a tie-necklace look.  To do this just make the fold more like a triangle than a square and allow the curve to happen on its own.

Carefully Sew Along the Edg

Once you have the first edge sewn, remove the pins and try on your necklace.  If you want you can leave it at this stage with only one edge sewn, I found that I didn’t like how far the ruffles stuck out, so I sewed the other edge down also to create a more streamlined look.

Tie Collar with Just One Side Sewn

Before I sewed the other edge I pinned down these ruffles as well, being very careful to continue the curve.  I had a harder time sewing this edge because I started at the thick end and worked towards the skinny end of the tie.  If you do it that way (because it’s easier to help form the ruffles) just make sure you go very slow and push the folds that are underneath into the path of the needle; make sure they don’t bunch up!

Finished Tie Collar

Well there you go folks!  Hope this tutorial was helpful and the you could see the pictures well enough.  If you have any questions about how to make your own tie collar please let me know.  And if you’d like to check out a great tutorial on how to sew the tie directly to a t-shirt check out McKell’s Closet.  She made a really great post about sewing the tie directly to a v-neck t-shirt and the tie’s and t-shirts she chose were super cute and might give you some more ideas on contrasting your tie and t-shirt.

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