Would you like to provide your own fabric to be
made into a bow tie, pair of braces, necktie,
cummerbund, or pocket square?
are answers to questions you may have.
What kind of fabric should I look for?
fabric must be woven, not knit. It can't have any
stretch. It should not be very heavy or bulky, nor
should it be too light or drapey. It can't have any
surface embellishments like sequins, embroidery, etc.
Silk brocade is not appropriate. It's very difficult
to find necktie silk on the retail market. It is often
too light and drapey (more like undergarment fabric)
or too heavy. The scale of any print should be small
and dense enough to show up in the item that you want
made. Sometimes a big print can make an attractive
item, but the effect is abstract instead of small
How much fabric will I need to provide?
fabrics come in a width of 40-45". Assuming that your
fabric is 40-45" wide, I need a minimum of the
Bow Tie- 1/2 yard. I can get 2 bow ties from a
Necktie- 1 yard. I can get 2 neckties from one
Extra Long Necktie-1 1/4 yard. I can get 2 XL
neckties from 1 1/4 yard.
Cummerbund- 1 yard
Pocket Square-1/2 yard. I can get 1 square
from a half yard
Braces- If the print is random and doesn't have
a right side up or an upside down, I need just 1/4
yard. However, if the print has a design which has a
one way direction to it, for instance, the letter A standing up right, to keep the text standing upright on the straps, I need 1 1/4 yards.
How much will this project cost?
the same price whether you provide the fabric or I do.
I charge my cotton prices if the fabric is cotton or
another non slippery fabric like wool, and I charge my
silk prices if the fabric is silk, slippery or
Where can I buy my fabric?
some great fabric stores I know about:
Portsmouth Fabric Company
112 Penhallow St.
146 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA
1101 South Desplaines St.
which is chain store with locations in many cities
Band J Fabrics www.bandjfabrics.com
Mood Fabrics www.MoodFabrics.com
Special Bridal Party Notes:
I often work with brides and grooms to make
neckwear, suspenders and/or cummerbunds for groomsmen
from fabric used to make bridesmaid's dresses. Some
bridal designers, like Lynn Lugo
(www.LynnLugoBridal.com) refer their brides to me to
make items for the groom and groomsmen. I am happy to
provide this service to wedding parties. Please
contact me if you have questions regarding this
Please call or email if you have any questions or