The “Liberty” Tie
Fabric: 3/4 yard Liberty Tana lawn from B&J Fabrics
Pattern: free pattern from The Purl Bee, shortened 5 1/2 inches in the middle piece
Time to complete: about 4 hours or so
First worn: 4/29
Total cost: about $30
Presenting step one in my attempt to introduce some menswear elements into my wardrobe. Of course, there’s nothing masculine about this small-scale pink floral Liberty print, even though I think it would look fantastic on any man. I’ve always liked a pink dress shirt, and a pink tie takes it to the next level. I know it’s an accessory not a garment, but I’ve been working on a long overdue dress for my daughter this week and wanted to stay in the game here at the SW. I chose what I thought would be a quick project for myself. Naturally I underestimated the fiddliness and the hand sewing, which is to say, this little strip of fabric took me a while. I’m quite proud of the proper looking result. The Purl pattern and instructions are great. I’m hoping to eke out a hat, or at least some hat parts, from the leftover Liberty bits.
In my effort to make sure that the tie looked like it was for me, not my dad, I may have shortened it a bit too much. I do owe thanks to my dad, who let me fool around endlessly with his ties when I was a kid. He still wears a tie every day, and miraculously I still know how to tie one. Dad wouldn’t approve of this rumpled, dandy outfit– especially on a woman– though. Oh well, can’t please everyone. I wore it Sunday to a totally inappropriate casual event, my daughter’s soccer game, and no one looked even remotely askance. I love Brooklyn; you can wear ANYTHING here. Since my style is pretty buttoned up anyways, I felt comfortable, even powerful, like I was wearing a cool uniform or armor or something. Yeah, I’m liking the tie.