Here’s my completed bow tie, created at the Parlocraft Circle this Saturday!
It was surprisingly easy to make, so I’m posting instructions here for anyone else who wants to have a go!
I don’t have any pictures of the process of making the bow tie itself (d’oh!). However, this article shows an almost identical process (using a sewing machine instead of hand sewing, and using fusible instead of non-fusible interfacing). I recommend clicking through to check out their photos of in-process bow tie making, which will help clarify the steps below.
You don’t need to completely hand sew the tie as per the instructions below - a sewing machine will work wonderfully if you have one available. However, I personally enjoy hand sewing - it’s relaxing, you can do it while you hang out with other people, or watch TV or a movie.
This is the always dapper Mr. Noam Berg — also known as the steam-folk musician Painless Parker — modeling some of his handmade bow ties, suspenders, and arm braces!
Come listen to self-described ‘amateur seamster’ Noam talk about how he learned to make these gorgeous accessories from scratch! Afterward, follow along with the rest of us at the Victorian Parlorcraft Circle, as we catch the spirit of inspiration and attempt to make our own bow ties by hand!
WHEN TO SHOW UP:
The Parlorcraft Circle is from 3-5pm on the first Saturday of every other month. This edition is on Saturday, August 4th, from 3-5pm. Noam’s brief presentation will start PROMPTLY at 3pm, followed by open sewing time (where many of us will attempt to make our own bow ties), so please arrive on time to catch the good stuff!
WHERE TO GO:
This event is in the Parlorcraft Circle’s brand new location: the gorgeous, Victorian-era Jefferson Market Library building, in the West Village! Come find us in the Community Room, upstairs, past the stained glass staircase (ask at the library front desk to be directed to the room).
About the JML: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/39/about
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jefferson-Market-Library/308585249433
WHAT TO BRING:
Consider bringing a snack or alcohol-free drink to share. If you’d like to join in after the lecture with our traditional DIY sewing circle (regardless of whether you are sewing a bowtie!), please bring your own crafts and/or sewing supplies. Definitely bring your interest in historic menswear and your DIY spirit, and be ready to learn a new skill!
Although this is not a class on basic hand sewing per se, no prior handsewing experience is necessary to attend — feel free to learn, socialize, and enjoy. If you feel like you’d like to do some learning beforehand on the basics, there are some excellent videos on youtube about how to thread a needle, and the basic stitches!
Note: please be respectful and be prepared to clean up any food and drink items and their residue from the community room. Leave no trace!
As always, the Parlorcraft Circle is 100% free! However, if you have a Victorian or Victorian-friendly crafting skill, consider donating your knowledge back to the community, and talk to us about doing an upcoming demonstration yourself. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your demo or lecture idea).
IMPORTANT — RSVP: Due to the space limitations of our new and beautiful location, and because a huge sewing circle would be difficult, only 20 spots are available. Please RSVP on Facebook to reserve your spot, or email email@example.com.