Sewing a Tie
The Tie – The Evergreen for the Man
The tie was “invented” by the Croats about 400 years ago.
This is an excerpt from the Herren-Rundschau 03/04.2019.
The history of the tie
During the Thirty Years’ War, 6,000 Croats moved to Paris as mercenaries of France. One part of their uniform was a cloth knotted around their neck from silk or cotton, called “hravatska”, whose ends hung down to their breasts. The French court liked this fashion à la croate so much that the simple scarf soon began its triumphal march through Europe as a “cravate”. The tie has continued to develop to this day and also withstands competition from the bow tie. It is still one of the most popular Christmas presents for the man and a constant companion of the suit. The long knotted ribbons are worn both as accessories and as a statement. Decisive for a noble tie is the choice of fabric, the design and the workmanship.
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A special feature of a high-quality tie is sometimes the inlay. A wool inlay is elastic and allows the tie to return to its original shape after the final knot. Polyester inlays, on the other hand, cause unattractive wrinkles. Ties are made of silk, polyester, wool and cotton. In addition to the classic woven variants, there are also more daring alternatives such as the knitted tie. Well-known brands such as Hugo Boss or Ascot offer straight ties in a wide range of colours. Apropros colours, what are the most popular colours and which will prevail in 2019? It is clear that black, grey and blue are the classics. But also Bordeaux red, violet or green are often seen colours, whether monochrome or with patterns such as stripes, dots or paisley. “Living Coral” was voted Pantone Color of the Year 2019. Will we see more coral ties this year? Let’s be surprised.
Tie width & length
The width of the tie offers plenty of scope. The classic width is about 8 cm, but the Slim-Fit ties are becoming more modern and can be up to 4 cm narrow. The unbound tie length for a body height up to 1.95 m is 140 – 150 cm, but there are XXL ties for men over 1.95 m, these are 160 – 170 cm long.
Tie a tie (Windsor knot)
Storage and cleaning of the tie
For a long lifetime of the tie only a few hints and rules need to be considered: It should be loosely rolled up from the narrow end and stored in a cupboard, box or drawer. For sufficient air circulation, do not place the ties too close together. Furthermore, ties do not belong in the washing machine! Light stains or dirt can be removed with a suitable stain remover. In the case of stubborn stains, it is worth going to the washing machine. Always iron on the inner side and, in the case of silk ties, place an ironing cloth in between. With light pressure and without superheated steam the tie gets smooth.
Which tie knots are there?
- Easy to tie: double knot, small knot
- Classic: single and double Windsor
- Extravagant: Onassis knot, Christensen knot
Tips for wearing the tie
- The top button of the shirt is always closed.
- The knot is flush with the top of the shirt.
- The tip of the tie covers about 1 cm of the waistband or belt after tying.
Pattern construction of a tie
- Draw a vertical baseline of 140 cm. Remove the dimensions shown in the section drawing from the starting point A upwards and angle them to the left. On these angular lines measure the amounts for the width and draw the tie according to the template. The first denomination is at a distance of 75 cm from the tip, the second at 90 cm.
- Mirror the tie over the baseline to the right. Figure 2 shows the finished tie and is at the same time the pattern piece for the insert.
- Copy the pattern part of the finished tie and add allowances for folding. To do this, mirror the centerline over the entire length of the edge to the outside. Mark an allowance of 2 cm along this line for the overlap on the back. Measure 15 and 10 cm from the tips of the ties and draw an angular line. Copy out the two pieces of lining, the thread line of the lining runs straight. Draw the thread lines of the tie parallel to the dividing seams and then cut the cut into three pieces at these lines.
Did you know that…? 8 facts about the tie
- the world record for the “longest tie” is 808 meters? In 2003 the Croat Marijan Busic had the polyester tie tied around the arena in Pula.
- the police and security services wear so-called clip ties? These are put into the collar with a clip and serve as security against assaults or attacks.
- the world’s most expensive tie costs €189,190? Satya Paul Design Studio designed the so-called “Suashish tie”. It is made of pure silk and decorated with 150 grams of pure gold. In addition, 271 diamonds have been incorporated.
- mathematically there are exactly 85 different ways to tie a tie knot? With variants, it’s almost 200.
- In women’s carnival, women cut men’s ties off women’s ties in order to express the female carnivalist assumption of power?
- Less than 1 percent of the 800 million ties produced annually worldwide are still hand sewn?
- the turnover in the segment Ties & Flies 2019 in Europe amounts to about 603 million €?
- there’s a “no waitress with tie” sign?