Tuesday, November 12, 2013

#JTDay Bow Tie Tutorial


The first CD I ever owned was ‘N SYNC’s self-titled album. The first concert I ever attended was ‘N SYNC’s No String’s Attached tour. And the first star I ever crushed on was their undeniable front man, Justin Timberlake. That curly, highlight tipped hair and those piercing blue eyes stared back at me from the posters taped to my walls. I can even still tell you his birthday {January 31, 1981, if you were wondering.}

So when I learned that my workplace was teaming up with other city organizations to show JT some Memphis love, I was beyond excited to help in the campaign. Therefore, on Monday, November 18th – the same day Justin’s 20/20 Tour comes to FedExForum – all of Memphis will be displaying their appreciation for my elementary crush by wearing their favorite bow ties. I can’t wait to see the social media sites explode with selfies and thank you messages to Justin with the hashtag #JTDay. {And if you’re not from Memphis, you’re still invited to show the love.}

There’s just one little problem…. I don’t own a bow tie.


Neither does Daniel. And if he did, I wouldn’t want to look all masculine in a bow tie and button-up shirt. So, of course, I did some Pinteresting and some Googling and even some YouTubing, and I found a tutorial that I liked for a classy, feminine bow tie.

But you know me, I hardly ever follow all the steps, and this one would be virtually impossible since I don’t own a sewing machine, so I just winged it as I went. And not going to lie, I love the results.

Here’s what you’ll need to make one of your very own:

  •        1 ½ yards of fabric. I chose houndstooth because it’s classic, yet incredibly trendy at the moment
  •       1 ½ yards of fusible interfacing
  •       Needle & Thread (or a sewing machine if you’re lucky)
  •       Ruler/Measuring Tape
  •        Scissors
  •       Pins
  •       Permanent Marker


Here’s how I did it.

1. I cut my fabric into three sections:

Tie:  10” x 40” 
Bow Middle: 3” x 5” 
Bow:  8” x 14"



2. I cut my fusible interfacing about the same size, and ironed its matching piece. {Okay, most of that was a complete lie. I bought the cheap fusible interfacing for sheer fabrics and it said I needed some kind of damp ironing cloth to get it to fuse to the fabric. So I attempted to iron it on anyway without it, and it only worked a little bit. I ended up just sewing it to the fabric.


3. I folded the long piece in half like a hot dog with the fusible interfacing on the outside and pinned it in place. {Also, I didn’t use pins the first time – big mistake}. I cut each end diagonally to give it a more feminine touch.


4. I used a permanent marker and a ruler to draw a straight line down the open side where I would sew my seam. Then, using the line as a guide, I sewed the piece up leaving a one inch space to pull the fabric through.

Throwing this one in for laughs. Looking completely grungy as I sew
and watch the final season of Lost (almost to the end!)
5. I pulled the fabric through and sewed up the little hole. Piece one, complete!

6. I tackled the bow next, folding it in half – like a hotdog – with the fusible interfacing on the outside and pin it in place. 


7. I used a permanent marker and a ruler to draw a straight line down the long, open side. Then, using the line as a guide, I sewed one seam, leaving both short sides open.

8. I pulled the fabric through so the print side was showing, then folded it in half again – this time like a hamburger – and I sewed a quick straight line on the open, short side. Turn it inside-out and you should have a piece of fabric like a bracelet. Piece two, complete!


9. Finally, the middle of the bow. Fold it in half – like, you guessed it, a hotdog! – with the fusible interfacing on the outside and pin it in place. 

10. I used a permanent marker and a ruler to draw a straight line down the long, open side. Then, using the line as a guide, I sewed one seam, leaving both short sides open.

11. I pulled the fabric through so the print side was showing, then folded it in half again – this time like a hamburger – and I sewed a quick straight line on the open, short side. Turn it inside-out and you should have a piece of fabric like a ring. Piece three, complete!


12. Now take your middle bow piece and pull the bow piece through it, so it looks like a bow!


13. Then, criss-cross and pull each end of the tie through the back of the middle bow piece so that you now have an adjustable bow tie with a feminine touch.


I paired my houndstooth bow tie with my LBD and a black blazer for the company #JTDay photo we took ahead of time. Daniel said I looked a little like a flight attendant (a stylish one, though, right?). I haven’t decided what I am going to pair it with for #JTDay, but it will probably include more color.


If you read through that tutorial and thought it looked too intimidating, but still wish you had a feminine bow tie to style, you’re in luck! I had enough fabric for two, so I’m giving one away. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite ‘N SYNC / Justin Timberlake song and you’ll be entered into the drawing. I'll announce the winner next Tuesday. Can’t wait to see your bow tie pics on Monday!

16 comments:

  1. Jenny, this is sooo cute! I love it! How long did it take you to sew all that fabric without a sewing machine? That is some serious dedication. :)
    I would love a cute bow tie like yours, especially since I probably don't have the patience to make one myself! My favorite NSYNC song of all time is "Bye, Bye, Bye." I may or may not still perform the dance every time the song plays on my Pandora station...

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  2. It may have taken me a couple of hours... But I like to multitask while I watch TV and Daniel studies. And "Bye, Bye, Bye" is definitely a good one! I could probably do the moves right along with ya!

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  3. I'm leaving a comment, but not a favorite JT song! I cannot believe I have two daughter in laws who can sew. Ted asked a few weeks ago where "our sewing machine is". We have been married almost thirty years & I barely have ever sewn on a button and taped my hems. Proud of you & you look adorable.

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  4. My favorite Nsync song is "I want you back". I remember that was the reason I wanted their self-titled debut album! I memorized the dance moves from taping their music video that aired on Disney channel....yes with a VHS. :) I still remember his birthday too! I will always remember growing up thinking "he is only 6 years older than me! It could happen!" hehe. He was definitely my first celebrity crush. I remember watching their first concert on the Disney Channel in 1998 or 1999. I was in love! I nproceeded to buy their CD, which was one of my first CDs. I saw Nsync in concert 3 times. The first time, being in Memphis! I was so excited! I could not sleep the night before. My mom and I were in the last row of the Pyramid, but I will never forget the excitement. He is such an amazing actor and musician. If only I were 12 again...I totally would have died knowing was going solo and have a movie career, aside from the Disney Channel movie "Model Behavior."

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  5. Have you watched any of JT's history of rap with Jimmy Fallon? If not, YouTube it, NOW! There are 4 or 5 of them from the different times he's been on there.

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  6. It's gonna be me.

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  7. "Space Cowboy." I hope I win.

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  8. If you win, we're drawing again.

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  9. Ew... that's a good one! That was one of my favorite from that album.

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  10. I just went and YouTube'd it. That was awesome. He's so talented.

    P.S. Is this your entry into the contest for a feminine bow tie?

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  11. Haha I remember all of those things, except there was no chance of us ever dating - 10 years is a big gap in the mind of a third grader. Did you see the {very brief} 'N SYNC reunion at the VMA's? It wasn't near long enough!

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  12. Thank you! My Mammie used to buy me big packets of fabric samples and I would sew them together and make them into little purses - I think that was in kindergarten. Then I went through this stage where I loved to cross stitch designs. Yes, I was a nerd.

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  13. That was absolutely a submission for inclusion into the drawing. It'd make a great conversation starter. (Or Christmas present for Sarah)

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  14. Just wanted to let you know that I always enjoy reading your blogs! Being a fellow journalism graduate, I appreciate writing/blogging very much. And...you know how much I loved 'N SYNC and JT myself. I sat here for a good ten minutes trying to think of what song would have to be my favorite and couldn't do it! So, I'll name a few that have yet to be mentioned. :)

    "Here We Go"
    "It's Tearin' Up My Heart"
    "It Makes Me Ill"
    "Pop"
    And, of course, their famous Christmas hit, "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"

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  15. I can vividly remember some epic dance parties at your sleepovers! Those are all good ones... and 'N SYNC's Christmas album may very well be one of my favorites.

    Thanks for your encouragement! Hope you have a great week!

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  16. Congratulations, Megan! You won the bow tie contest. If you will send me your mailing address, I will put it in the mail this week!


    Thanks,
    Jenny

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