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How to Make Cables

This pattern makes a 59 ½” long, 3 ¾” wide tie which was made from a deconstructed Hermes necktie.  If you need it to be shorter, shorten the narrow end by that amount.

You will need this pattern, a pair of scissors or rotary cutter, silk pins, ruler, marking pencil, appropriate thread (we carry Fil au Chinois, the thread Hermes uses), a needle, 1 square yard of fabric and fabric for your interlining (which we also carry).

1. Place your acrylic pattern pieces (without the 2 interlining pieces) on top of the WRONG SIDE OF THE fabric, and lay it out so that the pattern is on the bias, draw a line around the edges of the fabric (or rotary cut it), and mark the lines for the fold. a. You may use a different fabric for the inside of the tips, in this case set this piece aside and use it with whatever other fabric you choose.

2. Cut your interlining using the 2 interlining acrylic pieces provided, you may or may not cut this on the bias.

3. After cutting press the fabric using an iron at the correct temperature.

4. Time to create the tipping. Sew the bottom edge of the tie, a sewing machine is appropriate here. The right side of the tipping will face the right side of the main part of the tie.

a. Make a couple of stitches to hold the two pieces together. Next open the fabric and make it flat. Sew the first line closest to the edge of the fabric on both sides of the triangle.

b. Then sew across at a 45 degree angle to make the point of the triangle. After this you sew the inside corners.

c. To help to form the bottom of the tie you can use the acrylic template as a guide.

d. Next you will sew the small end's tipping onto the tie. The technique is the same.

5. Now turn the wide and short ends inside out.

6. Sew the 2 main pieces of silk together.

7. Place the wool interlining inside the tie by tucking it between the 2 sewn pieces. Be careful to place the interlining snugly against the top and bottom ends of the tie and check the length. Trim as needed.

8. Pin the interlining to the end of the short end as seen in this video.  

9. Fold the silk to the centerline, and then fold again to the centerline for a total of 5 folds. The second fold to the centerline will overlap slightly. Use silk pins to hold the folds in place.  Please use this for reference, this is a Hermes seamstress showing how they are made:

(Note the weight she is using, this is very helpful.  Anything heavy and smooth so it won't pull at the fabric will work.)

10. Tack the wide end of the tie as seen in the video.

11. A keeper is optional, or a brand label.  If you choose a keeper, fold the keeper into a tube shape and sew it closed.  Typically a keeper is 3" x 1 1/2 to 2".  Carefully place it inside the tie under the fold and then you sew it into the tie. Than flatten the keeper and sew both sides onto the tie. By putting the keeper under the fold it will be stronger and last longer.

12. Close the tie, but be careful not to sew through the tie.  To close the tie you can use a hidden stitch or a saddle stitch. Both are attractive ways to close a tie.  Use a slip stitch loop at both the bottom and the top. The slip stitch gives the tie more flexibility.

13. Sew slowly and carefully from the bottom to the top. You will remove the silk pins as you go along.

14. Tack the wide end of the tie.

This is another nice video that shows you how ties are made industrially: