Wednesday, 30 March 2016


Over the last few weeks I've made myself some more ties. The first tie was inspired by a style of bow tie Sherlock Holmes wore in the Sidney Paget illustrations, and the Jeremy Brett Granada television series. Looking at period photos, it seems to have been a fairly common style to tuck the bow tie under the collar in the mid to late Victorian period.  The bow tie is made of black cotton satin, it's 35" long and 1" wide.

The next two ties are four in hand ties. From what I read in the Handbook of English Costume, the four in hand was popular from the 1860s to the 1900s. The first tie is electric blue silk taffeta. Electric blue was one of the most popular colours in the mid to late 19th century. The tie measures 45" long, 2" wide at the widest point and 7/8" at the narrowest.

The next of the two four in hand ties is the same black cotton satin I used for the bow tie above. I embroidered the red dots with a satin stitch onto the front of the tie. This tie measures 45" long, 2.5" wide at the widest point and 7/8" at the narrowest. 

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