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What do a paper grocery bag and some scrap upholstery fabric have to do with our shop? It’s how we got our start making bow ties in 2010!

Let me explain. I’m Kate, a gal who always has a project going, and my hubby JoeMoe has been a bow tie fan for as long as I’ve known him. So it seemed like a perfect fit to use my skills to create something he loved. One night after dinner, I took a beloved bow tie from his closet, made a pattern by tracing a careful outline onto a brown paper bag (without getting ink on the tie, I promise) and started sewing.

Not expecting the first try to succeed, that first bow tie was made from a light blue upholstery fabric covered in dark blue seashells – a remnant left over from when a friend recovered one of her chairs. Nevertheless, hubby loved it and wore it to work the next day!…

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  • Female
  • Joined September 18, 2009

Favorite materials

Cotton, silk, wool, linen, madras

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About

What do a paper grocery bag and some scrap upholstery fabric have to do with our shop? It’s how we got our start making bow ties in 2010!

Let me explain. I’m Kate, a gal who always has a project going, and my hubby JoeMoe has been a bow tie fan for as long as I’ve known him. So it seemed like a perfect fit to use my skills to create something he loved. One night after dinner, I took a beloved bow tie from his closet, made a pattern by tracing a careful outline onto a brown paper bag (without getting ink on the tie, I promise) and started sewing.

Not expecting the first try to succeed, that first bow tie was made from a light blue upholstery fabric covered in dark blue seashells – a remnant left over from when a friend recovered one of her chairs. Nevertheless, hubby loved it and wore it to work the next day!

Since then, there have been many tweaks – making sure the curves on the pattern piece were symmetrical; experimenting with half a dozen different types of interfacing, finding adjustable sliders, and of course, new fabrics!

All our bow ties are made from either 100% silk or 100% cotton fabric (unless noted otherwise), cut on the bias, and lined with a soft interfacing for shape and durability.

Men’s bow ties are made free-style (self-tying), but any tie I make can be turned into a pre-tied bow tie for no additional charge. Additionally, if you’re a bow tie aficionado like my hubby, you can send me your neck measurements and I can make a custom-length bow tie for you (no adjustable slider necessary).

Ties can be made from any fabric you choose. You can either provide your own fabric or send me a link to fabric in an online fabric store. If you need inspiration or aren’t sure where to look to find fabric, contact me, and I’ll be happy to send you links to my favorite fabric stores.

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