Neil: "Mom, I need black dress pants, a white button up shirt, and a tie."
Me: "Err, ok. When do you need these by?"
Gee, son. Thanks so much for the short notice. You're swell.
Sunday, my husband takes him when he goes to buy a few groceries. Comes home with a nice pair of black dress pants that they found at St. Vincent de Paul for only $3 (!!!) and a nice, white button up shirt with ugly brown tortoise shell buttons. No tie. Husband says that the ties were just too expensive. Seriously?!? Blarg.
I did the only thing I could think of to do. I made one instead.
I used the pattern and instructions found here, pulled out some satin-y, silky, royal blue fabric, and started sewing!
I was really surprised how easy it was to make one after I got into it.
Just cut out the pattern pieces (fabric and interfacing).
Sew them together and cut off the excess fabric around the edges so they are all nice and pretty.
Turn those suckers inside out with a nifty little knitting needle! Press 'em flat.
Fold the ends inside 1/4 of an inch and place one inside the other. Sew the seam. Mine was a little wonky, but no one is going to see it so SHHHH! Don't tell.
Press it nice and flat. Behold the awesomeness that is your first bow tie. Patiently wait for your son to get home from school.
*insert Jeopardy music*
Get bored and decide to remove the ghastly brown buttons and replace them with white ones. Smile. Realize you have no idea how to tie a bow tie. Panic. Watch this video by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Laugh and learn how to tie a bow tie!
BAM! Bow tie!!
Then... I'm told it's supposed to be black. *facepalm* Well it's blue damn it so deal with it.