How to Sew a Tie Collar – Pussy Bow


The Pussy Bow or Tie Collar is a vintage style
that always comes back in fashion due to its simple elegance and femininity. The collar
is a long tie that usually ties in a bow in the front of the neckline. There are variations
to this style, but in this tutorial you can see one example of how this collar is created.
Let’s get started. I’ve already started to create my bodice
by sewing the bodice front and back sections together. The first thing, that’s always
a good idea when sewing any type of collar, is to stay stitch on the bodice neckline,
both the front and back neckline. The stay stitch is just a regular length straight
stitch that you sew inside the seamline of the neckline, mine is ½”. You’re not
sewing anything together at this point. It’s purpose is to reinforce the neckline so that
it maintains its shape and doesn’t get stretched out during the collar sewing process. Before you cut your tie pattern pieces out
of fabric, be sure to look at the grainline and pattern layout. Many times, these patterns
should be placed diagonally, also known as on the bias of the fabric. You always want
the grainline arrow to be parallel with the selvage. After you have your pieces cut out, you may
have to sew the straight ends together. Out of my one tie pattern piece, I cut out two
fabric pieces and then pin them together on the straight edge, right sides together. This
is because the finished length of the tie is longer than most fabric widths. Sew this straight edge at your sewing machine
using your pattern’s standard seam allowance, ⅝” in my case. Press the finished seam
open. Now my tie piece is one long piece and I’ll
fold it in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin these raw edges together. I’ll sew a standard seam on the pinned sides
but I need to leave an opening so I can turn the tie right side out. I’ll put a pair
of X’d pins at the large circles I had on my pattern, your symbols may vary. Stitch
this seam but there will be no stitches between the X’s. When you finish stitching, trim the seam allowance,
of the stitched area only, and clip off the corners. Turn the tie right side out, using your opening Press the tie so you have nice crisp edges. Take the raw edge of one side of the tie opening
and fold up your seam allowance to the wrong side, so I’d do ⅝”, and pin. After you press it, trim it so that only half
of it remains, about ⅜” in my example. Now I’m going to take my last raw edge of
my opening, the unfolded side, and match it to the neckline of my bodice. Right sides
of fabric should be placed together, matching the raw edges and any pattern marks and symbols.
Stitch the tie and neckline together. Once they’re stitched together, you can
trim your seam allowance and press it so that the seam allowance is going up inside the
tie collar. Now refold the tie collar in half so that
your previously folded edge covers our previous neckline seam and pin it so everything looks nice and neat. Lastly we just need to slip stitch the tie opening closed by attatching The bottom of our collar edge to the inside of our neckline. I am using a contrasting thread color on my hand needle so it’s a little bit easier for you to see. I’m first coming out at the bottom edge of this collar section. Then I am going to grab a little bit of the neckline. Gently pull this. Then go back to the folded edge of the collar. You want to take small stitches. So it looks nice and neat. And now I am going to grab a little bit of the inside of my neckline. Pull that through. And then back to the collar. So just zig zagging between the two sides untill you have done. The whole collar where you have your opening. In my example, I did not use any interfacing
in my collar because these type of collars are supposed to look very soft and drapey.
If you feel your fabric needs a little extra stability you can use a sheerweight interfacing.
The only thing left to do is to tie it in a bow and then show off your new fashionable
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