my nephew, the youngest of three boys (and just 10 days younger than Em), also turned four recently. all three boys are very snazzy dressers, and love to wear clip on ties with their regular collared shirts, shorts, and sneakers…it’s pretty cute. i was deep in the throes of planning for vintage may and had “old timey” on the brain, so i decided to make the little guy a quick and easy REAL bow tie.
there are a million little kid bow tie tutorials out there on the internets, and i searched for a good while before i found one that fit my rigorous demands – the perfect shape and really tied, but didn’t have all the fancy hardware in the back. oh and it was a definite perk if i didn’t need to create my own pattern! i finally came across the fantastic free dapper little man bow tie pattern by just another day in paradise (found on pinterest, repinned from brooke powell). it was everything i wanted!
i made it in a lightweight gingham cut on the bias. i wanted to add a little structure, so i ironed medium weight interfacing to one side before sewing. i first had elastic in the back, but when i tried it on Em i realized that wouldn’t work – already tied, it was too tight to fit over her head. it took me forever to learn how to actually tie the darn thing, so i wanted a better easy-on, easy-off solution for my nephew. i added a little extra length and then velcro instead, which works great. when i make this again, i’ll add 2″ or 3″ to each end of the pattern at the start so the velcro is better centered in the back, but it’s hidden in his collar as is. i had really wanted to make a bunch of these to give him at once, but i just ran out of time.
instead of a box of bow ties, i paired it with a justin bieber-esque hoodie (he’s a big fan of the beebs), and the present was all set! he opened it and immediately put on his new accessory.
it went well with his ukulele-playing. i think the kid might be a hipster. 🙂