Of course it was a last minute thing, and we really didn't have time to re-make it after realizing that it was on the small side.
|A little small, but really not too bad.|
For the tangerine tie, I decided to use a commercial pattern (Vogue 7104) which is adjustable, but requires hardware. I ordered the hardware from WAWAK, with a couple of weeks to spare. A couple of weeks is really planning ahead for me. Apparently not far enough, though.
The package arrived from Fed Ex a couple of days after I placed the order, empty! The envelope opened during shipping and the contents were lost. No problem, they can re-ship it, we still have more than week before the event, right? Nope. The hardware was back-ordered.
So I made Angela Osborn's version again, this time a little bigger. Steve decided that it needed an extra 2" in length. That seemed a bit excessive to me, but he's usually good at estimating. We both thought the width of the bow needed to be expanded slightly, as well. The orange silk charmeuse that I dyed for my underlining was so striking, and he really wanted it for his bow tie. I thought it would be nice for it to be seen, since it really wasn't all that noticeable as an underlining.
The charmeuse was slip-slip-slippery -- as any idiot would expect -- and a little too floppy for a bow tie. I underlined it with silk organza to give it some structure (I don't really like the look of a fusible behind silk). I added 2 inches to the length, and an extra 5/8" to the width. It came together rather quickly, although cutting small pieces of charmeuse on the bias is a bit fiddly.
It took me even longer (almost an hour) to tie it! The silk was so slippery, the length was a bit too long, and the width was slightly clownish (at least on the tail end -- you can see below). But it was the day of the event, and I couldn't talk him into going back to his black tie.
|This was probably the best it looked all night!|
My bow tie hardware from Wawak arrived about a week after the event -- a full dozen sets of bow tie hardware. So I will eventually try Vogue 7104. I'll wait for everyone to forget about the tangerine tie, though.