Wednesday, June 20, 2012

all tied up // diy

We're back! And oh mah golly, what a great wedding. The bride was beautiful, the groom was dashing, the view was spectacular! And it was a fabulous celebration of a Christ-filled relationship.

Oh, and as promised: the easiest DIY fashion project ever. But first! Cutsey-but-blurry snap of the "guestbook" Polaroid picture we took:
Now, let me draw your attention to Tim's fabulous neckwear.

...Yup. That is the project I'm talking about. Seriously easy.

Here are the deets. Tim had free-reign on most of his attire for this wedding, and among other things, he wanted a non-solid black skinny tie. DONE.
Like this one from Kohls, only patterned.
Originally, the plan was to use my fledgling sewing "skillz" to whip one up, since a tie was just a couple straight seams and a few layers of fabric. Plus, I thought it'd be fun.

I found a free skinny-tie pattern online (since I'm an expert at pattern-following now, of course) and started looking for the right fabric. Thing is, though, I had the hardest time finding fabric that I thought was perfect (I'm sure what I found was fine, but the final product would be displayed on Tim at a wedding. I was really picky).

All RIGHT all right! I was totally chicken.

(if you're braver than I am and want to make a tie from scratch, go over to see Kate sew for a great skinny-tie pattern)

I had studied that pattern for EVER, though, and my wheels started a'turning.

1) Tim already owned at least two black (or black-patterned) "regular" ties
2) A skinny tie was really just a thinner version of a regular tie.
3) (does he REALLY need two nearly-identical ties?)

Ya see where I'm goin' with this?

With his permission, I borrowed one of my sweet husband's solid black ties on which I could practice surgery (he wouldn't let me use his favorite patterned one until I proved myself, smart guy). Check it out!
A little crooked, but not too shabby! The one on the right was the tie he wanted to wear for the actual wedding.
 It really wasn't so scary! See, at most, all that makes up a tie are the lining fabric, the tie fabric, and some interlining (that's sewing talk for "stuff that makes your tie hold its shape".). All I had to do was open it up, trim the interlining until it was the right shape, tuck it back into place, iron, stitch, and Tadaaaaaa! A "brand-new" skinny tie!

Okay, so hand-stitching a bunch of fabric that's miles and miles long was a pain-in-the-you-know-what, but it wasn't difficult. HOWEVER, seeing the "practice" tie turn out okay made Tim more comfortable handing over his precious wedding tie.
YAHOO!! And on the map of Yosemite, no less. Winning! haha.

The first tie took about an hour (although I was watching the Bachelorette while working, so I kept getting distracted), and the second took about 30 minutes, since I had a ruler to help me iron (ironing's the WORST) and I had a little more confidence. And it looks waaaay better.
This time, rather than eyeballing it, I cut one side first, then used that trimmed part as the template for the second side. This tie was made with a LOT nicer material than the first, which helped.
Plus, the center seam was a lot more centered! (You should have seen the other one, sheesh!)
After the tie was finished, I frantically lengthened the pants Tim bought for the wedding, because he somehow selected a size two inches shorter than he normally wears. What the heck. Normally we would have just returned the pants, but it was like days before the wedding and we only have a women's Jcrew nearby. So, I learned how to hem dress pants. In five minutes. The day before we left. (It wasn't pretty). Haha.
But he looked purty ;) Sorry. Couldn't resist. But they did stick him with two ladies, so......
What do you think? Would you ever undertake something like this? Would your man have trusted you? Mine totally didn't.


  1. YEAH FOR MODIFICATION! YEAH FOR PROVING YOU CAN DO IT! And Tim, I commend you for trusting your little lady!! :)

    Inspiring friend. :)

  2. Good day! Were you able to complete all the options of your portal by yourself or you asked for some help?

  3. Amazing! I adore skinny ties but I never find them when I'm thrifting so this is the perfect solution. Now I can't wait to make one. :)


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