Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I Asked, You Hopefully Can Answer - How to Shorten a Clip On Tie

In a few short weeks, my little sis is tying the knot.  The better part of my family is standing up in the event, which means WEDDING CLOTHES!

Don't hate, my son is 3 and I have never put him in a suit.  I mean, it would be adorable and all but Kee-ku is particular about his clothes and dressy stuff is a bit too fussy for his roll around the backyard in the dirt lovin' lifestyle. It doesn't mean we can't try though. ;) While he won't be wearing a full suit, he will surely charm the socks off of everybody with his little vest/tie combo.

The only problem . . . ?  While the vest fits like a glove, the tie is . . . RIDICULOUSLY LONG. Like it needs to be 4-6" shorter than it currently is. If there had been a shorter tie option when I purchased it, I would have gotten it.  I try to save headaches when possible.  Unfortunately I'm stuck doing the alterations.

Therefore, I'm enlisting my super awesome aunt (and whomever reads this blog post) to give me their best tips and tricks on how to pull this whole thing off. I am a wee bit terrified to take it apart. As I look at it, it is not immediately obvious how it goes together. Here's how it's looking from all the angles so you can give me the special knowledge. ;)

Tie - Front
The Tie in Question from the Front
Tie - Back
The Tie from the Back
Oh yeah . . . as I was trying to gently inspect it something happened:
Tie Top - Back
The back of the "knot" with the clip mechanism

Tie Tip - Back
The Tie Tip - back side where it is stitched shut
Tie Tip - Back 2
The Tie Tip - back side where it is folded

Alright.  I release the solution to this problem into your hands.  Smack the comments hard, everyone.  ;)

 

4 Comments:

CBH August 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Aug. 16, 2012. Thanks again.

hilary b. August 27, 2012 at 2:31 AM  

So, I made my own tie at Christmas time for Benj. I used the Children's Place one as a guide. I think if you just undo the bottom tack, then shorten it by cutting the excess off at the same angles, you should be okay just to press under a 1/4 inch and sew back together by hand. Or, use wonder under hemming tape :) Then just fold it back up and tack again. I don't have actual experience altering, but I think that would be my approach. Good luck, and congrats to L!

Skooks August 27, 2012 at 9:21 AM  

Hil - THANK YOU! So far no one has had any suggestions (as I'm sure you could see) and I really just felt like I was going to give up, tuck it behind itself and just pin the darn thing. I mean . . . who's gonna know, right? I'll give your idea a whirl. It certainly won't be worse than my first idea and even if it looks kinda blah, it will be hidden behind the vest.

CBH August 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 5 post on Aug. 29, 2012. Thanks again.

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