Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fit to be Tied


I've been a soccer mom, football mom, basketball mom, and now I'm a wrestling mom.  Didn't see that one coming!

The middle school offered intramural wrestling this winter and we encouraged P to give it a try.  Our thoughts were that it would keep him active during the winter when he's prone to veg out and play video games non-stop.  Surprise, surprise...he actually enjoyed it and decided to try out for the wrestling team.  And he made it!

At the parent meeting last week, we were told that the boys needed to wear a button down shirt and tie on meet days.  The shirt was taken care of with the Sketchbook but a tie??  We don't do ties around here.  (Signature Style for my entire family...Casual)

Luckily, there are a number of free patterns/tutorials out there!

 
Pattern:  "Little Boy's Tie" from the Purl Bee
Fabric:  Navy Blue Sateen from Joann Fabric's, striped scrap fabric for lining
Mods:  added a strip of ribbon to tuck the tail in on the underside
 
 
P and I also had to learn how to tie a tie.  Youtube provided the step by step instructions and now we know how to tie a four in hand knot.  At least I do, P needs to practice a little more.;)
 
Here are the other tie tutorials/patterns I found while searching:
 
Boy's Easy Bias Tie from Shannon at Little Kids Grow (Amanda at Kitschy Coo and the ladies at Once Upon a Sewing Machine brought this one to my attention)
 
 
Ottobre Design Tie To find the tie pattern/instructions you have to click back quite a few pages.  But that gives you a chance to explore their other free downloads.:)
 
 
Since the wrestling meets are twice a week, I'm going to need sew another button down shirt for P.  And perhaps a new tie.;)
 
 
 




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22 comments:

  1. He looks so handsome!! Both the shirt and tie have the perfect amount of "flair" so as not to be boring, but don't have a homemade vibe either. Very cool.

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  2. Soccer, Basketball, Football, and Wrestling! You're gonna need a bigger minivan ;) Turned out nice, looks great on him!

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    1. We've also been involved in volleyball, track, and dance (P's sisters, not him). Though, he's talking about going out for track this spring.;) Thanks!

      C

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  3. Very handsome, P! I love the way the tie turned out, I just may "need: to make Jack one soon, I love ties on little guys/little men. That ribbon on the back is brilliant to keep it looking nice and together. P.S. if you ever get adventerous, Ben says the Windsor knot is the way to go, though your tie needs to be pretty long.

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    1. I think ties look great! It's just the men in my life don't care to wear them.;) Tell Ben thanks for the heads up! I'm considering trying out the men's free pattern that's longer so we can try some other knots.

      C

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  4. Cindy: I love all the boys looks you sew and that they are such willing models for you! You are such a lucky mom.

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I'm savoring these moments because I'm sure there'll be a time when they don't want me to sew for them.

      Cindy

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  5. P looks very handsome in his shirt and tie!

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  6. We had to wear a tie as part of our Winter school uniform, so I learnt to tie a tie when I was a kid. Thankfully, by the time my kids went to school, that wasn't part of their uniform, so my sons didn't need to wear a tie till their first school formal,... mid teens. To teach them, I had to stand behind them as I can't do it back to front. P. looks fabulous in his outfit!!! I LOVE the casual look of the tie loosely done up, with matching t-shirt peaking out and shirt untucked... still semi casual, but very smart!!! I view it as the equivalent of us wearing a scarf.

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  7. What a handsome son you have and a great tie! Love the bit of ribbon you used on the back to tuck in the back tie. What did we ever do before u-tube?!

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  8. He looks great! What I'm wondering though is why they need to dress up so spiffy? Thanks for the links for the ties. My (big) boy does wear a tie every Sunday to church. Not the little one though. He'd probably hang himself (or sisters) with it!

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  9. Lookin' sharp! I always thought it was great when my high school students dressed up on game / meet days. It was fun to see them in something other than the typical sweats and tees. (And although I like dressing up, I married a sweats and tee kinda guy...we balance each other out!) Great job with this project, Cindy.

    Happy Valentine's Day, friend!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! It was nice to see all the boys dressed up last night at the meet. They all looked so grown up!

      Cindy

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  10. Oh,my comment didn't load!
    He looks great Cindy,very snappy indeed.
    xx N

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    1. Thank you, Nicole.:) He's growing up....

      C

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  11. Goodness, he looks so grown up with the tie! And the ribbon - it looks just perfect there, I never would have thought of using it for that :-)
    Thanks for the tie links.

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  12. What a good looking young man :-) ! DS will need a tie at Christmas the latest, so thank you for the links! I heard a report on wrestling being threatened to be cut from the Olympic Games which quite stunned me. Fingers crossed it'll stay and you son will enjoy his sport!

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    1. :) I was pleasantly surprised that there were several free patterns/tutorials out there. I don't know how far P will take wrestling but I'm glad that he's found another activity he likes and that keeps him active!

      Cindy

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  13. Love the tie! Love the pictures of your son. I always enjoy your posts.

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  14. Cute! Not sure I will ever need to make a tie with three daughters and a husband who refuses to wear them! Your boy looks pleased with his!

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  15. Thank you for the tie mention, Cindy! I agree with the comments. Your son looks dashing! Very handsome :)

    Shannon
    LittleKidsGrow

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