Real Bowtie: Made it. Tied It. High Fived Myself.

IMG_0845This is the real deal, people.I’ve been seeing some nice bow tie wearing around, and thought it seems time to hit that note in the way that I do: polyester style.

I tried making one with a free pattern online, but it was impossible to turn back right side out because: polyester. So I gave it another shot and made the thing a little bigger, and: yes.

And right when I thought I couldn’t get happier in one 32-minute period of time, I gave it a shot to tie it myself.

First I went here and found this:

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And then that was completely useless. I got to step # 6 and then more or less passed out from confusion. So, I went here and found this:

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And that french guy’s little comment (“It’s sort of like tying a shoe” did the trick for me.)  I successfully did the wrap/ fold/ squish method required to get the thing tied. And then I tugged on it in 42 ways and got it to look (what I consider) just right.

Here, of course, is the small detail: I’m nervous to take it off because I’m not entirely sure that I will be able to do it again. So currently I am leaving for the grocery store with the world’s best 8 year old wearing sweatpants, a flannel shirt, and a bowtie.

Feel free to think I make these things up. But nope.

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