This tutorial deals with flat ties – they are slightly different from corded or rouleau ties that we dealt with in the Rouleau Tie Tutorial.
Flat ties can be made from the same fabric, contrasting fabric, leather stripos, suede, ribbon, braid or tape. They can be positioned similarly to button and buttonholes, however you must consider whether the edges lap or meet. Make sure you check that your ties are the correct length by actually tieing them as you would (bow or knot) before you adjust the length.
Making Flat Ties
Cut a strip of fabric twice the desired length of one tie. Fold the strip in half length wise and stitch on three sides.
Trim, cut the tie in half lengthwise then turn right side out and press.
Attaching a Flat Tie to the garment.
Stitch the tie to the garment by turning under a narrow strip at the cut end of the garment. Stitch a square around the edge of the tie then reinforce by sewing from corner to corner forming a cross in the middle of the square.
On bulky fabric it is often neater to cut a small triangle of leather or felt which will cover the end of the tie. Position the triangle over the raw edge of the fabric and stitch the triangle into place by stitching around the edge.
Enclosing the Tie into A Seam.
If a facing is to attached to the edge it is quite easy the attach a tie. Tack the ties into place on the right side of the garment with the raw edges all level with each other. Attach the facing in the usual way. Be careful not to catch the tails of the ties into you stitching. Trim and then turn the facings.
Finishing The End of The Tie.
The method used above is for a flat ended tie. If you want a pointed tie, rather than stitch an end that is right angles to the line of stitching along the length, stitch across the ends to form a point. Make sure that the “sharpest” part of the point is on the folded side.
To mitre the end of a tie.
The easiest way to mitre a ribbon is to fold the ribbon in half with right sides together. Sew across the end, trim and then turn the right side out. Press flat
Ribbons can be used as ties and you can choose a variety of different ends:
- Cut a diagonal;
- A fishtail;
- A narrow edge; or
- Mitre end.