I have gone bowtie crazy! George has been after me for years to make him a bowtie. Evidently they are really hard to find and good ones are quite expensive. Then recently an old friend asked me whether I would make her some neckties from my fabric designs. I got a McCalls pattern that had both a necktie and a bowtie. Sad to say, I quickly realized that making the necktie was going to take more time than I had .. . But the bowtie — now that was a different story. It was far less complicated than the necktie, and took much less fabric. So here’s my first effort … what do you think? The fabric is one of my favorites, a design I made by kaleidoscoping my photograph of a purple laelia orchid.
Here’s the bowtie on the proud model, George.
Bowtie number two is also from the McCalls pattern. I used another of my favorite fabric designs, a kaleidoscope pattern from my photograph of a butterfly’s wing.
How do you like it on George? For this one I used the standard bowtie hardware, a hook and clasp and adjustable slider. I had to order the hardware online because none of the local fabric stores carry it. Contact me if you want information about where I got the hardware.
Here’s my third bowtie. I found great instructions on a blog for boys’ bowties, and just made it a bit larger for a man-sized bowtie. This is a double fold tie. I haven’t had a chance to make the strap, so I’m using one of the bowtie clip-ons that I got when I ordered the other hardware sets.
This is the back, showing the clip-on hardware. You just slip the gizmo through the tube at the back and clip it onto each side of the shirt collar.
George was too tired to put on the shirt to model it, but I got some shots of him holding it up to his t-shirt. Here’s one:
And another … ! I figured out how to print the fabric for this design using letter-sized sheets of fabric, so I can whip up the bowties rather than waiting for yardage to be printed for me.
This is a closeup of the center loop
This is the original file I used – my photograph of honeybees in a hive, kaleidoscoped into this design:
Tired of bowties yet? Okay, just one more. My latest is made of fabric I designed from my photograph of a swallowtail butterfly wing. I kaleidoscoped a small part of the photograph using the Kaleider software program (see my other blog posts about Kaleider). I love how brightly colored the fabric turned out –
I just started showing the bowties in my Etsy store. Click here for my first listing. I can also make them to order from any of my fabric designs, so contact me if you want to special order one.