Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How to Shorten a Clip On Tie - A Mini Tute

Well, my little sister's wedding has come and gone.  It was beautiful, wonderful, fun, great . . . all the things a wedding should be.  It was also extremely busy because it was at my parents' house (which we were also staying at for 5 days because we live out of town) and EVERYONE in my little family was involved in the ceremony (except Kiwi) as well as in the setup and tear down.  In blog terms that means that I finally have time to tell you about the whole *tie* thing.

Remember this post?

Support and suggestions on how to fix said tie were not overflowing, but I did get a little encouragement from my friend, Hilary, so I thought I would do a little follow up.  Because I said I would.

Deconstructed Reconstructed Tie

Sorry for those of you just simply *dying* to know how I did this step by step via a picture tutorial, but I will try to recollect the best I can in case someone does need guidance on how to shorten a clip on tie (or even a regular one if needs be).  As it turns out I put this off really until the critical moment because I was so afraid I would screw it up, that I just couldn't manage the figuring out AND the proper photo documenting of the steps.  But here's the gist:
  1. I had a tie that was the size that I wanted which I kept next to me for reference.  It came in handy multiple times, but if you have any other tie in the world hanging around it would still be a good thing to keep nearby.
  2. Very hesitantly, I snipped off the little thread that tacked the tie together in the back.  You can see it pictured below for reference.  It's that one right above the V there.  Tie Tip - Back 2
  3. I laid my right-sized tie next to my too-long tie and ripped out all the stitches going straight up the back up a little past the point where I wanted the too-long tie to ultimately end up.  This whole thing made me very nervous, but my back up plan was just to fold and pin, so I figured it really couldn't be worse than that.  The bottom (no matter the final state it ended up in) would be hidden behind his little vest so at the absolute worst I just wouldn't be able to re-sell it when the wedding was over.
  4. At this point I kind of opened the whole bottom of the thing up and unfolded it to get an idea of how it came together in the first place.  I took many mental pictures but no physical ones.  Sorry.  You can kinda see in that first photo up on top of this post the piece I ended up whacking off of it so I kept that next to me for reference on how to refold the thing.
  5. Then I did my best to fold it all back up in there.  Mr. Skooks laughed at me while I was doing this because I just kept saying, "I don't know what I'm DOING" with each word raising a decibel as I went along.  It became a bad song after several repeats of that sentence.
  6. I held it all in place as best as I could and dragged the whole production over to the iron where I steamed the crap out of it.  Would probably be best to check your fabric and make sure you won't ruin it to use steam, but my tie was satin and this worked fine for me (though I did employ a press cloth just to be safe).
  7. Then I used some matching thread and just whip stitched the open end closed.  I was fairly certain this would really give it away that I had modified it.  Surprisingly it didn't look too bad after all.  Maybe Perhaps Perchance if someone wasn't analyzing the bottom of it, they might not know it had been tinkered with MAYBE at all.  ;)
  8. And that's it.  I really didn't feel like being all that precise with the little piece of tie that hangs behind the whole thing so I just cut it off in a straight line, tucked it inside itself, pressed it well, and whip stitched it closed.  I really felt fine about this because my "example" tie that I was using for reference was cut off just the same way!
So there's your mini-tutorial on how to shorten a clip on tie.  It can be done.  I did it.  Go forth and do likewise.
Adding Trim

In other news, the taking in of LM's flower girl dress (can you believe this was her 6th wedding as a flower girl and she is only 5 years old?!) and subsequent jazzing up with some sweet little trim was a much easier project.  Mostly because I broke all the rules of "taking something in" properly and just pinched and sewed.  No taking apart of lining and doing *any of it* remotely properly.  Need to take something in?  Especially something that will only be worn 1 time?  Cheat away.  It's fine.  I won't tell anyone.


    CBH September 12, 2012 at 10:10 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 Sep. 12, 2012. Thanks again.

    CBH September 12, 2012 at 10:11 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 2 post on Sep. 12, 2012. Thanks again.

    Katherine September 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM  

    You are so brave! I HATE altering formal wear, it is so stressful!

    Skooks September 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM  

    K - I know. This was NOT my idea of a good time, and I definitely would not have done it if there was any way around it. In the final analysis it wasn't all that bad, but it's definitely not my bread and butter. Or jam. Or whatever.

    Jane @ The Borrowed Abode October 26, 2012 at 8:31 AM  

    Holy cow, her 6th wedding? That's hilarious! She's probably going to think that it's all a normal part of being little. :) Which, in a way, I guess it is.

    Skooks October 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM  

    Jane - I KNOW. Other than this one (and Mr. Skooks' cousin's wedding where there were a multitude of little kids involved), I think a large factor in her involvement in many many weddings was that she was the only kid who had been born yet in the family . . . and she was in the right age bracket when a bunch of family/friends got married. She's almost been in as many weddings now as I have . . . 11. I think. Crikey, that's alot. And yes - - my closet looks like they based the movie 27 Dresses on me.

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