Adjustable Neck Ribbon
After making a couple of bow ties with the adjustable metal slide technique, I realized I wasn't too crazy about them. Whenever I finish making something, I try to step back and look at it as if I am shopping and seeing it for the first time. The metal slides looked a little tacky to me, and they seemed pretty easy to move and deter from the setting I put it at for my own neck size. I really like the size adjustment method that big brands use, which is a ribbon with hole settings and two pieces of hardware (a t-bar and slide). I purchased a set of 12 ribbons and hardware pieces from a company in LA, along with some silk fabric from Mood Fabrics, and got to work.
This was my first time working with silk, too. I had no idea there were so many different types of silk, and after quite a bit of research I'm still not completely sure which ones are suitable for tie-making. I bought a shantung/dupioni silk in a blue and olive check pattern. This type of silk is interesting because it's characterized by an uneven ribbed surface.
Adding the neck ribbon was super easy. I shortened the neck of the pattern piece and replaced the fabric that's normally there with the ribbon. I also altered the pattern to make a diamond point tie, as opposed to the standard style I used on my first bow tie, just to spice it up even more. I added fusible interlining (this stiffens the fabric so it's actually wearable) and sewed the pieces together.
The result is a tie that I'm extremely proud of. I'm definitely glad I decided to explore further methods of an adjustable neck feature. I sewed on one of my custom labels and took it to Europe with me to give to Dan, the friend Sarah and I stayed with while we were in England. It's pretty cool knowing that one of my ties is being worn (I hope) across the pond!
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1/4/2015 02:37:51 pm
How Exactly Did You Put The Strap On Scott
1/21/2015 05:56:06 am
Hey Malik! It's a bit confusing to explain without illustration. But I'd be happy to email you some illustration as to how I did it!
4/19/2015 09:51:46 pm
Could you send me illustration of how you sewed the adjustment strap? I really like your work.
9/7/2018 07:24:21 pm
Hi! Could you share the method you did in order to make this? I have managed to figure it out somewhat, but I'm worried it's not accurate enough. Thanks!!!!.
2/6/2015 04:58:22 am
Could you please email the pattern you used for these bow ties? They look factory professional! I would really appreciate it.
3/3/2015 01:47:33 am
would you be able to tell me where you purchased your ribbon slides and hardware?
3/3/2015 03:36:50 am
Hey Alexandra! So this is actually an area I haven't settled on completely yet because I haven't found the "perfect" vendor. I started with B. Black & Sons and purchased their Bow Tie T Bar & Slide, and Size Adjustable Bow Tie Ribbon:
4/30/2015 03:28:02 am
That is awesome I've been scouring the Internet for a pattern to do exactly this. Don't suppose you'd share :)
5/21/2015 06:37:17 am
6/17/2015 04:03:12 am
I would love to try my hand at this. Your work looks so beautiful. Is it possible if you can email the pattern you used for these bow ties.
11/27/2015 05:25:01 pm
Hello, I have a few question on how to make adjustable bow ties. Can you explain step by step! I have design a few bow ties, but they are made for exact neck size.
1/8/2016 08:15:38 am
Hi Scott, I have been playing with making bow ties and have used both material bought and old wide ties. I would like to make them adjustable. Could you please share with me the pattern you used and the instructions of putting it together.
3/11/2016 11:42:05 am
Hey Chad! I'm actually going to put together a more in depth how-to and offer some resources for people to be able to create their own adjustable neck bow ties. I'll keep you posted!
3/27/2016 08:11:12 pm
Excited to see a more in depth tutorial!! Love the work you've done.
10/24/2017 07:21:15 am
Hi Scott, I love your adjustable bow tie. Have you created a tutorial for this, if so where can I find it.
11/22/2018 04:54:02 pm
Scott, did you ever create an updated how to?
7/19/2016 04:05:32 pm
How did you know where to start the ribbon?
1/25/2017 08:22:50 am
Where did you start the ribbon to where it would measure it exactly?
1/27/2017 07:22:23 am
Hey Jimeshia! From the end of the bow tie (the actual pointed end or butterfly end, depending on which style you're making) to where the ribbon starts is about 12.5".
2/22/2017 03:03:20 pm
Hello, would you forward me step by step instructions for adding the adjustable ribbon onto a bow tie. Thx
6/3/2017 11:23:07 am
Hi Scott! I'm planning to make the bow ties for the groomsmen in my wedding, could you send the pattern and any tips that you have gathered? Love your blog!
11/25/2017 08:48:46 pm
Hey Scott! Did you ever get a chance to create a tutorial for this? If not, would you be willing to share your sewing patterns? Thanks so much!
12/12/2018 01:56:02 pm
So excited to have found this post. I’m make bow ties for a friend sized to his neck. I’d like them to be adjustable since some of the ones I’ve made don’t fit anymore. Could you please share your pattern or illustrations so I can figure out where you attach the ribbon so it will size correctly.
8/14/2019 01:58:18 am
i love your work.....
4/24/2020 06:12:39 am
Hi Scott. I am making wooden bow ties on my CNC. I got fabric ties and the hardware pieces from icraftforless.com. They directed me to you for instructions on how to make the hardware work. Did you ever publish your how-to? Any advice would be appreciated.
5/14/2020 07:13:33 pm
Hi Scott! I would also like to make the shift to a t-bar and slide for my adjustable bowties, and have been having a hard time finding any tutorials or examples of how others do it. Any chance you have photos of the process, or a tutorial you put together? I know lots of other folks have asked about the same thing, but it's because it's hard to come by! Thanks so much.
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