For option 2, use the measurements in the picture below to get an idea of the measurements to eyeball it and draw your own. (these measurements are how it should be BEFORE you cut, not as a finished tie) If you can do this option and make it work, YOU ROCK.
Length depends on your individual neck size, but my measurements are pretty average. If you are unsure if it is too big or small, simply measure the neck of the person you are making it for, and use that as a guide. The Length for MY pattern is noted in the diagram below. However, you need to measure the neck in which you will be making the bow tie for to make sure it will fit. Everyone's neck is different! Just replace my middle measurement of 16 inches with the measurements you have taken and it should be the right size :
Once that is done, take your fabric of choice and fold in half. (a yard is MORE than enough)
Pin down and trace your pattern onto the fabric, with the middle of the bowtie on the folded end of the fabric. When unfolded you should have the whole tie shape.
(fold is on upper left of pic)
Do this a total of two times. You will end up with two main fabric pieces. Do this one more time on a piece of either interfacing (which I HATE to work with) or a piece of white fabric (or another PLAIN color depending on the main fabric you are using). I use white fabric. I think it works JUST as well as interfacing, and doesn't have a horrible scratchy feeling , ick! The main point of this extra piece is to make the bow stiff enough to stay looking like a bow tie when you tie it up, if not it will end up being a saggy sad tie. If you use a seriously stiff main fabric to begin with, such as DENIM, you probably won't need to use this extra bit, but if not, you MUST have it for it to look proper.
TWO focus fabrics, and ONE interfacing fabric.
Take and set your first main focus fabric piece and lay it BACK side down on the ground. Take the second Focus fabric piece and lay it FACE side down on top of first piece. This will leave you with both front sides together. Take interfacing piece and lay it on top of other two pieces.
(pic below has interfacing on bottom, but it really doesn't matter if it is on top or bottom, as long as the two main pieces face each other.)
Hope this works for ya, if you have any extra ideas let me know, this IS my first tute and I have NO idea what I am doing!!!
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