Let’s find out.
Starting with this old thing from the Everything $20 bag that I wrote about here.
I search-engined “Lilly Daché” before I took this tie apart, to confirm that it’s not, like, secretly Hermés or anything. And indeed it is not secretly Hermés.
I removed the label and opened the hand stitching, exposing the
tater tots fabric, lining, and batting. Everything cut on bias.
Below is the batting layer by itself. Soft fuzzy flannel. There’s a seam, you can see at the right hand side of the photo. Not even sewn, just overlapped and stuck together by its own flannel fuzziness.
And here below we have what’s left when the flannel is out:
Well, that answers the question of What’s In A Necktie, so now let’s make a new one:
Lay the old tie-parts onto new fabric, trace out a lining and a new face fabric, re-use the batting…
…and make a new tie.
Just do all the taking-apart steps, but in reverse.
Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t make a tie out of stretch cotton, but this isn’t normal circumstances, this is Identity Crush at the Sonoma Laugh Fest. If you want to see this tie and this dress together, on stage, in real life, go there. ***
***Exciting update! You can see the tie and the dress Right! Here! in this photo of Identity Crush as seen in the green room before taking the stage/crushing the Sonoma Laugh Festival woooooooooo!
Sew It or Throw It:
Ties are a total racket. Minimal fabric requirements, minimal skill requirements, minimal labor time.
A four year old could do it.
Ok that’s not true. A four year old maybe shouldn’t be trusted to find and cut true bias. But a four year old could definitely be trusted with a yard of silk and some fabric paints, which an older person could use to make several ties, and Bam, there’s everyone’s Christmas present or an entire wedding party.
Surprises me that ties don’t show up more often in the DIY wedding world.
You really are paying for the label when you buy a tie.
And I actually Don’t have a problem with that.
If you live in a world where people will recognize your tie and judge you for it —and not just judge on the subconscious costume design level on which we are all judged, but actually recognize the designer and value of your tie and judge— then by all means buy accordingly.
Or have your ties custom made. In the game of luxury one-ups, custom made wins.