Tying the Knot: You Can’t Get Married But You Can Make Your Own Skinny Tie

Remember a few weeks ago when we made suspenders and talked about the DIY revolution? If not, let’s have a quick refresher:

This is the second part in a series on DIY clothes because sometimes that’s what has to happen: you’ve got to do it yourself. When it comes to girls who like “menswear,” it can be hard to find what you’re looking for. I know that lots of times I get frustrated when I go shopping because they don’t have what I want, and if they do it’s priced outrageously. There’s really no good reason why you should have to spend twice as much for the women’s version of the exactly same shirt that’s sitting over in the men’s department but isn’t quite made to fit your body. So we’re going to do something about that. This is mutiny: arts and crafts style.

This week’s projects is fun for bois and grrrls of all genders. Are you having trouble finding anything but black skinny ties? Have you been dying to raid your dad’s/brother’s/uncle’s/grandpa’s closet for ties but just can’t figure out how to make their giant ’80s ties work with your getup? Well, the slump is over. Gather up your craft boxes and your nimble,nimble fingers. This one is just as easy as last week, but it requires a little more finesse. Despite traditionally being men’s clothing, ties are delicate silky things that require a light touch and low iron settings.

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Laura is a tiny girl who wishes she were a superhero. She likes talking to her grandma on the phone and making things with her hands. Strengths include an impressive knowledge of Harry Potter, the ability to apply sociology to everything under the sun, and a knack for haggling for groceries in Spanish. Weaknesses: Chick-fil-a, her triceps, girls in glasses, and the subjunctive mood. Follow the vagabond adventures of Laura and her bike on twitter [@laurrrrita].

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  1. This reminds me of the time I bought a sewing machine. I was convinced I was going to start making all kinds of cool shit. My friends told me that I was an idiot, and I had no idea how to work a sewing machine. “I’ll learn!” I’d say over and over. So, I got lots of random fabric scrapes and tried to sew them. I realized that one of the scrapes would make a sweet tie, so I spent many hours trying to figure out how to get that to happen. Finally, a tie! I didn’t use the sewing machine because you have to hand stitch that ish. I wore my badass tie to an ex-work friend’s funeral the next week. A baby spit up violently in front of me, so I screamed “JESUS FUCKING CHRIST” in alarm. Did I mention that this was a very proper Catholic service? When I realized what I had done, I started laughing and could not stop. I was asked to leave. And that, my friends, is why you should never buy a sewing machine as an impulse buy. You will be kicked out of a funeral for laughing. Also, I still haven’t made a damn thing with it. Do you want it? I will give it to you.

    You didn’t care about any of that. Basically, what I’m saying is: This seems like a great idea. A much, much easier way to make a tie than my method. Hooray!

  2. Ohhh I love ties, and scarves and all sorts of pretty things! Im kind of grungy-femme-hippy so they usually end up as headbands, tied onto my wrists as odd little ‘bracelets’ or attached to my handbag. I am rarely seen without an unusual tie. I got banned from wearing them at work, because they weren’t in ‘uniform’ colours (i wear black and a pale green at work) and went out of my way to find the most horridly paisley green tie, just to spite my boss!!! tehehehe!!!!

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