Years ago I found a vintage necklace hand-woven from faux pearls in the shape of a necktie at an estate sale. I had never seen anything like it and of course I was curious to figure out how it had been made.
The vintage thread that the necktie was made with had started to break and some of the beads had fallen off. It was too fragile to be worn so I didn’t feel too bad about taking the necklace apart. It was a complicated little piece but I managed to figure out how to recreate the necktie shaping. I have since found purses and other shaped necklaces made in a similar fashion and I would like to create more patterns in this style. It is time-consuming and I wouldn’t exactly call it easy but you can make these ties yourself. I have found a few vintage pearl ties since that very first one but usually they are damaged or smelly or the old thread is rotting away.
I have made a few finished necklaces for sale in my Etsy store but if you want to try your hand at making one for yourself I have finally written down my complete DIY pattern. It was almost harder to write down the pattern than it is to make them, it took a few years and a lot of pearls to get it all figured out. I also drew illustrations to go along with the instructions and I think it is fairly easy to follow the steps but I would say that this pattern is for those who don’t mind a challenge.
I found the perfect thread to make these ties after a lot of trial and error. Some thread was too thick and some broke too easily. But this Coats and Clarke is the perfect balance of strength and fineness. In order to weave in the pearls you need to sew through each pearl around 3 times so the thread needs to be strong and fine and the needle needs to have the smallest head possible.
And you need a lot of faux pearls, around 500, for one necklace. You definitely want to use a nice glass bead and not a cheap plastic one. The necktie needs to have a bit of weight to it so that it hangs well and the shine on a glass pearl is so much nicer. I use a 6mm pearl to get the size tie that I make and it looks like the original vintage one.
If you want to try the pattern you can buy it here and let me know how your tie turns out.
I’m not sure why these are called Pussy Bows, and blouse bow sounds old timey. Neck scarf bow? I’m really not sure what to call it.
I inherited some of my grandmother’s vintage clothes and one of her blouses had this amazing detachable neck bow. I took it apart and drafted a pattern from it exactly as it was and it turned out pretty awesome.
And when I made it in pink it totally reminded me of the latest Gucci looks that are feminine but somehow tough at the same time. It’s a pretty great accessory for a punch of color.
I’ve made up a bunch of these bows in red, black and pink and you can pick one up at Cut and Sewn on Etsy.
And if you really want to DIY your own blouse pussy Gucci whatever bow you can get my downloadable PDF pattern with complete how to instructions here:
You’ve been asking for it and now you can get all 4 of my collar designs in one pattern.
The Standard Point, Super Pointy, Curved and Double Curved Collars with 1″ stand are all included in this one sewing pattern.
You can make these collars from almost any fabric. I love making one up from the scraps from other projects. These make up great from classic shirt fabrics like poplin, quilting cotton, or get fancy with taffeta, satin or lace.
I’ve written out some very easy to follow instructions with clear illustrations which you can purchase here:
Pattern includes full size pattern pieces in an easy to assemble PDF downloadable pattern.
Fabric and Notions:
1/2 Yard of fabric will make 2 collars
1/4 yard of iron on interfacing
1 Button or snap fastener
And you can brush up on sewing perfect points for your collars in this post with some great tips Making Perfect Points.
I’m releasing two new hat patterns this summer from my most popular hat designs. Now you can make these great hats for yourself.
This rain hat is perfect rainy days and fun to make. It even comes with instructions for little storage case so you can take it with you instead of bringing a bulky umbrella.
This pattern was first published in the book Hat Shop by Design Collective. You can get a PDF version here
And one of my favorite summer hats that perfectly covers up my frizzy humidity hair is a classic cotton turban in colorful fabric. This is easy to make and a breeze to wear.
I have several in gingham because I love the look, but they look great in florals, plaids and solid colors as well.
Make your own turban from 1 yard of quilting cotton, gauze or linen.
You can get the PDF downloadable pattern here
The cool fall air has me thinking about knitting and crochet projects. I had to put all of my personal projects on hold while I work through a grueling project deadline but next week I plan on having time to work with yarn no matter what.
Every year I make myself a few new hats, can’t have too many hats. I haven’t decided yet which ones I will make but I’m thinking about this one from Tiny Owl Knits. Last year I made the meow mitts for my daughter for Xmas and I loved the design so much I can’t wait to make more of her patterns.
I also plan to make myself another one of these vintage turbans this year but I think I’ll use a really fuzzy wool this time, maybe in pink…
You can get my modern translation of this vintage crochet pattern on Etsy.
I’m almost done with this winter knitting project, the Odd Little Grandpa Sweater. Trying to figure out what the next project will be. I can’t be without a knitting project, I need to have that relaxing activity while I’m watching Justified.
I recently made some new towels from my Towel Topper Pattern. I still find these towels super handy around the house. When they get too old and ratty I toss them out and get to make more!
If you’re interested in making a few towel toppers of your own you can download the PDF pattern here (towel_topper) and the original tutorial is posted here. If you have a larger towel that you need to make a topper for just enlarge the pattern a bit.
Be sure to let me know how your towels turn out!
I’ve been having so much fun working on my latest yarny project. Most of you know I’m undercover on these projects but I really needed to share these because I think they turned out so great…
I have no idea how long they actually took to make. I worked on them in the evenings while watching 3 different versions of Tess of the Dubervilles among other long, slow period pieces.
The pink one is for a semi-secret mission and the blue one is for my daughter’s 14th birthday. We took down the horrible ceiling fan in her room and wired this up in its place and it works!
I might be out of my mind, but I’m thinking of making more!
I have finally written out my instructions for the crochet turban that I have been making for several years. It was inspired by this great vintage pattern that I found in a box of old sewing things that was left behind in the first house I bought.
It was such a beautiful and simple pattern that I had to give it a try. I experimented with it until I got the pattern exactly how I wanted it with the inexpensive modern yarns I could buy at the craft store. I love to crochet but I am hardly a yarn snob. If I only bought the beautiful but expensive yarns from the yarn shop I would never finish anything. Knitting and crochet, for me, is all about the fun and having great accessories that I can wear (until I’m tired of them and pack them up to be rediscovered later) or give to friends and family as gifts, and no one ever complains that the yarn should have cost more.
So, now you can purchase a copy of my crochet turban pattern at my Etsy store and when you do I will include the entire original vintage pattern as well. I’m imagining seeing turbans of every color imaginable all over the place, a turban revolution if you will.
Enjoy! – Jeni
I’ve uploaded my Super Pointy Collar, corrected pattern for your personal use. I hope the instructions work, I did write them fairly quickly so let me know if anything is unclear. I have made this collar more times than I can count so I know the pattern works for me and I hope it works for you. See my post on how to make perfect points if you need a little help with the points.
*Make sure your pattern prints out at the right size, the ” fold” edge of the collar should measure 2.5″, you may need to adjust your print settings.
I have also designed collars with standard and curved points and written more detailed instructions with illustrations.
You can get all 4 of my collar patterns with new easy to follow instructions in one PDF downloadable pattern here: