I’ve refreshed & revamped this fabric pattern I made last year, with two new colorways (Marquise and Wilde), plus I upgraded the cut & sew bow-ties pattern. (The original had just five bow-ties in the classic butterfly shape; the new one has seven bow-ties in a more modern style.) Designed for printing on 56″ wide cotton sateen ($27; yields seven ties), it also works well with cotton silk ($27), although at only 40″ wide, the yield is reduced to five ties.
Brief instructions are printed right on the fabric, but there’s also a full step-by-step tutorial on this site. If you need the adjustable hardware and can’t find it in your hometown, send me an email and I will send them to you for a nominal charge.
The two new color variations are shown below.
Named for Oscar Wilde, it evokes opulence and decadence… think of green carnations in lapels and peacock feathers on stage. Daring, but always polite. Perfect for Steampunk or Victorian costumes.
With colors inspired by the (now common, but once considered rare and exotic) goldfish, which was first introduced to Europe by the East India Trading Company as a gift for the Marquise in the 18th century, although they had been domesticated in the Far East a thousand years or more earlier. Or at least that’s what I remember reading in some book long ago in my childhood. I always considered that goldfish one of the most exotic and wonderful gifts ever presented.
The following colorways remain only slightly changed (in scale only) from the original version of the fabric.
Of course, I also have fabric with just these Baroque patterns, in case bow-ties aren’t what you’re looking for.