DIY Vintage Pearl Necktie Necklace

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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.

a handmade woven pearl necktie necklace

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.

pearl necktie necklace handmade from woven faux pearls

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.

DIY how to make a pearl tie necklace pattern

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.

how to make a vintage pearl tie necklace pattern

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.

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Is it a Pussy Bow or a Blouse Bow?

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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.

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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.

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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:

Make Your Own Detachable Collars

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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.

DIY Turban and Rain Hat Sewing Patterns

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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
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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

 

Scott Tracy x Hello Kitty

design, fashion, process, sewing, small business

This week I got a request for the most unusual sewing job I’ve ever had. Based on a tattoo his girlfriend has, a client needed a Scott Tracy outfit made for a Hello Kitty doll. Scott Tracy is a fictional character from the TV series Thunderbirds, which I had never heard of but was happy to take on the job. I’ve never made an outfit for a Hello Kitty doll; while I always enjoyed making clothes for my Barbies when I was younger, apparel for dolls is not exactly my forte. Hello Kitty’s proportions are fairly strange, which posed some interesting problems to be solved. It’s safe to say that this is one of the most unique jobs I’ve ever done, and I enjoyed the change in pace.

Scott Tracy

Scott Tracy

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Skube = Skirt + Tube

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What is a skube? It’s a skirt plus a tube! Skube.me, owned and designed by Monica Kohler, makes fun, easy to wear tube skirts. The idea behind the skube is versatility; fashion that transitions easily from workout to work day. The skube fits right in poolside just as well as a business casual setting.

Over the past few weeks, we at Cut and Sewn have been happy to be a part of the skube production process, contracted to produce 300 skubes for the Skube.me summer stock. Kohler hand selected a variety of complimenting patterns, then delivered them to Cut and Sewn to be made into the finished product. This kind of access to local small batch manufacturing is what Cut and Sewn is all about. It provides a way for entrepreneurs to have their product made locally and affordably, while allowing us to give close attention to the manufacture of every garment. For the small business, it’s a win win situation.

Skube.me will be showing at Second Sunday on Main throughout the summer, starting this Sunday, June 14. Owner Monica Kohler can also be reached at  monica@skube.me or (513)505-9384 to schedule a pop-up sale or private showing.

Finished Skubes.

Finished skubes

Brightly patterned Skubes.

Brightly patterned skubes

Reversible "urban" skubes

Reversible “urban” skubes

Hat season is upon us!

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It’s that time again, hat and scarf season. Sweater weather is my favorite time of year here in Ohio and when the temperature tips just enough for me to put on a hat I am happiest of all.

I was inspired  by my daughter, who has an affinity for the beanie style hat, to design this patchwork version made from recycled sweaters. I  wanted to feature the lovely colors and textures of the fabrics and create something that is utilitarian and beautiful.  It’s a long process from choosing the sweaters, washing and drying them, then cutting them into the pattern pieces to be sewn together.

They are one of a kind, soft, slouchy, warm, simple and interesting. Too many adjectives? For me, these hit all the right spots for a hat.

Available in my Etsy store.

pile of beanies

The cool air makes me want to knit and crochet.

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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.

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Scarf Prints

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I’ve been very interested in designing prints this year. I’ve been thinking so much about my concepts and inspirations that it just seemed like a natural progression to develop prints based on what I’m collecting and looking at.

I started collecting porcelain animals for no reason other than that I just loved looking at them. I also started to collect doodles from my daughter and her friends to go along with my “About A Girl” collection which is all about revisiting the things I missed out on as a teen. I put the 2 together to come up with scarf designs.

These are the first 2 that I ordered to test the colors and the quality of the images. I’m trying not to be too perfectionist about it and let it be more organic and fun.  I think this is a good start…

These were printed at Spoonflower onto cotton voile and measure about 22″ square.

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A Summer’s Tale Tote Bag

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I designed this little gingham wisp of a tote bag a few years ago for a friend. I love it so much that I made myself one too. I decided that this summer would be the perfect time to make a few more to offer on Etsy.

It is just a slight little tote for summer days or evenings out when you don’t want to carry anything heavy.

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