Colors Speak To Me

Colors Speak To Me, © 2014 J. Thomson

Colors Speak To Me, now available for purchase at Shown above printed on Spoonflower’s new fabric, Performance Piqué. Also available printed on other fabric types, as well as custom gift wrap, wallpaper, and wall decals.

New Necktie Sewing Patterns to Download and Print

Necktie Sewing Pattern, © 2014 J. Thomson, all rights reserved.

People have often asked me if I make neckties (in addition to the bow ties I’m already known for), and why I don’t make them.

The truth is, I’ve never had an interest in making them since I rarely wear them. However, lately I’ve been wanting to make a few neckties because I had some gorgeous fabric that isn’t suitable for bow ties: it’s either too thick, or the pattern is too large to make an impact in the relatively small area of a bow tie. Continue reading

New Fabric Design: Colors Speak To Me


Picture 1 of 5

Colors Speak To Me, © 2014 J. Thomson. All rights reserved.

This colorful pattern is now available from on a wide range of fabrics, wallpaper, gift wrap and wall decals.

Continue reading

Custom-made Bow-Ties!

Fabric options for bespoke bow ties I’ve just posted a new section on for custom made bow-ties. You pick from my collection of >32 vintage and rare textiles (velvets, silks, brocades, geometrics, stripes, solids…) and choose from 7 bow-tie shapes, and I’ll create a special bow-tie for you!

I’ll also be adding more newly-created bow-ties ready to ship.

Laser-cut acrylic templates for making bow-ties [v2.0]

Note: this post now redirects to:
7 laser-cut acrylic templates for making shaped bow-ties. © 2013 J. Thomson
These heavy-duty acrylic cutting templates make it a snap to quickly and accurately cut fabric for making bow-ties. This suite of seven templates are laser-cut out of 4.5mm thick clear acrylic, making them durable and easy to use.  Continue reading

The Striped Sophisticate Collection

The Striped Sophisticate CollectionThe Striped Sophisticate is a collection of seven different hand-drawn stripes in colors inspired by classic sit-com television fathers like Ricky Ricardo and Ward Cleaver.

Available previously only as a collection of DIY bow-ties, the entire collection is now available printed on giftwrap, wallpaper, and fabric by the yard from!

See samples of all seven designs after the jump (click image for details and ordering info.)

Continue reading

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

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

The Mod Box Collection: 7 modern Cut & Sew Bow-Ties for the modern man

The Mod Box Collection: 7 Modern Cut & Sew Bow-Ties fabric by J. Thomson © 2013

I’ve just finished creating a new pattern I’m calling “Mod Boxes”. It was inspired by my love of all things Mod+Retro. While some of these are certainly festive enough to wear to a holiday party, none of them screams “Christmas Tie!” and they could be worn throughout the year. These patterns will be available soon on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap (for a limited time), a bow tie cut-n-sew pattern, and even a pattern to make matching pocket squares (or dinner napkins). [Update: the bow tie cut-n-sew and pocket squares patterns are now available for sale on Spoonflower.] Continue reading