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Topic: Tunic Shirt and Matching Necktie -- Nauseating Couple-dom -- WITH NEW PICS!  (Read 2136 times)
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lil_abi
« on: January 03, 2008 03:49:27 PM »

I made myself the "tunic top" from Simplicity 3750.  Thanks to some clever laying-out on my part, I had enough fabric left over for a bias-cut necktie for my DH!  I usually make him bow-ties, but he asked if I could attempt a necktie.  After much consternation, these are the nauseating results of our matching attire:

I know the pic is not that great.  We were at a friend's New Year's Eve party, not posing for Vogue.  Anyway.  The necktie is a vintage Vogue pattern, actually.  That means it was about 10" wide at the widest part.  Some years ago my mother took the liberty of skinnifying it for modern times.  Unfortunately, the tape she used has not aged as well as the pattern, so it kind of tugged and distorted the paper.  Added to this were two additional frustrations:
1) Very very poor instructions and diagrams from Vogue ca. 1970
2) A difficulty finding the proper "lambswool woven interfacing" for neckties.

I ended up cannibalizing another tie from my craft stash for the interfacing.  It did turn out well.  Here's a close-up, kind of.  He's eating some Russian meat thing:


Anyway, his tie is lined with my contrast fabric on the front, and the skinny part of the tie is prominently my contrast, lined with my base fabric.  I hope that made sense.  It's what I squeezed out of my leftovers from my own top.  My own top was easy.  I modified the sleeves slightly (eliminating the banker-style elastic at the top).  I'll try to get better pictures.

Enjoy!!

Update 1/7/08:
Here are some pics to show you my shirt better:

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2008 03:57:54 PM »

Nice! I was just thinking that I should make my men folk some neckties for Christmas next year. Nice to know it can be done Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2008 04:01:27 PM »

Those are really cute.  And your husband is a good sport to wear a matching tie. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2008 04:41:06 PM »

A good sport, eh?  He asked for it.  He also has 5 pair of custom-made boxer shorts, one of which matches a skirt I made myself!  We don't go out in public in that matching outfit!
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2008 04:50:10 PM »

I love it! So sickingly sweet! I need a necktie pattern. DH and I have a Winter Ball to go to for his Command and his old neckties are fugly! Think I can deconstruct one to use for a pattern?
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2008 05:36:06 PM »

I think I kinda love you guys!
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lil_abi
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2008 05:53:28 PM »

RockstarMom, you can absolutely deconstruct one to use as a pattern.  Simply snip the basted stitches up the back seam and separate the interfacing.  It'll have two pieces cut on the bias joined at a diagonal.  And you can cannibalize the deconstructed tie to use the interfacing from it.  The point is the hard part (look online for a tutorial with good pics), or just fudge it, like I did, with the seam at the edge.  In a "real" tie, the seam is offset onto the lining side, so you cannot see the lining from the front.  But if you can't figure it out, no matter.  Only a tailor would notice a difference.

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miasmax
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2008 06:05:58 PM »

I love the tie! and your shirt. Cheesy

:O is that his real tongue? o.O  Grin Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2008 06:16:16 PM »

RockstarMom, you can absolutely deconstruct one to use as a pattern.  Simply snip the basted stitches up the back seam and separate the interfacing.  It'll have two pieces cut on the bias joined at a diagonal.  And you can cannibalize the deconstructed tie to use the interfacing from it.  The point is the hard part (look online for a tutorial with good pics), or just fudge it, like I did, with the seam at the edge.  In a "real" tie, the seam is offset onto the lining side, so you cannot see the lining from the front.  But if you can't figure it out, no matter.  Only a tailor would notice a difference.



Well, I am not going to be AS sickeningly matchy as you and yours, but I wanted to make him an olive or moss green tie to match my sequined belt I am wearing on my LBD. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2008 11:51:41 PM »

lil_abi?  You are funny! 
   
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