The bow-tie advantage

The biggest advantage to wearing a bow tie is when you spill your coffee, it just gets on your shirt and not your $90 tie.

—Jack Freedman, of the mens clothier Paul Stewart

The Striped Sophisticate: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Bursting With Stripey Goodness! Fabric Design by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

Other people’s perceptions

When you wear a bow tie, you have to turn off the part of the brain that cares about other people’s perceptions.

—Jack Freedman, of the mens clothier Paul Stewart

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties, fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

A bow-tie is a provocation

…no single male fashion accessory provokes as much emotion as the bow tie.

New York Times, June 26, 2005

No single male fashion accessory provokes as much emotion as the bow tie.

 

What other people think

Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.

New York Times, June 26, 2005

The Baroque Collection: Dandy

Aggressively Argyle: 14 Days of Compliments

Aggressively Argyle: 7 Double-Sided Cut & Sew Bow-Ties for 14 Days of Compliments. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.Seven double-sided bow-ties for two weeks’ worth of compliments… all on one yard of fabric for less than what you’d expect to pay for just one bow-tie in the department store. Continue reading

The Flamingo Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Fabric

The Flamingo Collection: 7 kitschy cut & sew bow-ties. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.Just in time for the Spring Formal at the trailer park, here are seven bow-ties with pink plastic flamingos on them!  Continue reading

So you think you can’t tie a bow-tie?

"So, you want to wear a bow tie, but you don't want to learn how to tie it? Well I don't know what to say."

So, you want to wear a bow-tie but you don’t want to learn how to tie it? Well, I don’t know what to say.

Try this: How to tie a bow-tie.

Laser-Cut Bow-Tie Templates

Acrylic templates for cutting 7 different bow-ties from fabric. © 2013 J. Thomson All rights reserved

Note: This post was originally published in 2013, as I was developing the first set of templates. They have been updated since then, and are available to purchase at shop.lavaguy.com now.

I finally received my first-ever set of laser-cut acrylic bow-tie templates for cutting fabric (available from Ponoko here).  (Please excuse the crappy smartphone photo.)

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The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Fabric

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties, fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.The Big Dots Collection is a cut & sew pattern designed to give you seven bow-ties on one yard of fabric. Each bow-tie has colorful dots on one side, and coordinating stripes on the other.  Continue reading

How To Tie A Bow-Tie

Here gentlemen and ladies, for your edutainment, is a little tutorial I made showing you how to tie a bow tie. For a printable version, please head on over to shop.lavaguy.com.