The dress, picked up in a sale, was ready for a refashion, mainly because I don’t often wear dresses and I don’t suit this type of neckline. I was going to chop the new top shape from the bottom up, giving it a wide hem and body, but then decided to keep all the pieces already made for me. I liked the raglan sleeve and the slightly fitted body shape.
I really do seem to spend a lot of time chopping off sleeves, or in this instance, hems, just so that I can attach yet another form of neck tie. So this is the method I usually use to attach them! OOh!! Look at that colour difference in those photos! Welcome to the contrasting days of a Scottish winter! It really is a before and after of the same garment, one day apart, same time of day?
I cut 27cm off the hem and reshaped the neckline. The neck edge, on the half measures 29cm, this leaves 2cm each side of the centre front. The space is necessary for the tie to be tied whether it is being formed on a one piece front, like this one, or on a button stand.
With the one piece front the gap has to have a finished edge, I usually bind this. mark the centre point on the front neckline, mark 2cm either side.
On the binding strip mark 3.5cm either side of the centre front. Sew across.
Double turn and stitch. This can be done on either side of the fabric, whichever you prefer the look off. I add the extra length to the binding, so that when the tie is sewn on it can taper over the bound strip.
Making up the tie. This tie has a centre back seam. Sew this and press. Mark the back and front neck measurements onto the tie, from the centre back. Sew from the mark round the outer edges of the tie.
Snip at the mark to the first of the stitches.
Pull through the ties to the right side and press. Decide which side will be on the outside and press this edge, between the snips, seam allowance amount up. This is how it will look on the inner edge of the tie.
And how it looks on the outer edge of the tie, seam pressed inside.
Attach to the inside of the neck edge first. Then press.
With the inside piece in place, above shows how the pressed outer edge simply folds over and covers all the raw edges of the binding and the inner side tie seam.
Pin the outer edge in place. This edge has already been pressed. See how easily all the raw edges are covered with this final row of stitching! I use the first stitch line as a guide to follow.
Sewn on and this is the inside view.
And the outside view. Only when the tie is completely attached do I press in the outside edge and all over.
So once this was finished, I decided I didn’t like it!? It felt bulky, maybe because the fabric was cut across the piece and not down what would be the selvage edge, or maybe it was too wide and heavy for the top, I’m not sure, I just knew that tie was coming off. I was shopping with my daughter and spotted several high street stores with simple shirts, made in jersey fabric. Problem solved. I remade this again! I cut a bit off the length, this I used for the collar stand, the second collar stand, the two collar pieces and the button stands were all formed from the neck tie.
And here is the new version, and just as well that I’m happy with this, because there definitely is not enough fabric left in it to remake it into anything else!
Now this post started out as a how to attach a tie to the neckline of a top. I had bought a piece of fabric from Edinburgh Fabrics. This was the second time I’d seen it and I still liked the knitted print. So I gave in to the temptation and bought it! This one I have kept as it is.