Making a Cravat




Introduction: Making a Cravat

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Want a custom look for your groom and groomsmen for your wedding?  Need the right accessory for that steampunk outfit?  Make a cravat!

Step 1: Materials

You will need from your fabric store:

1 yard fabric
scrap of interfacing
matching thread

You will need from your sewing box:
Sewing machine (or needle and lots of patience)
iron and ironing board
scissors or shears

Step 2: Buy or Make a Pattern

I used Butterick B4157 for the cutting pattern, but changed the assembly for a more formal, less costumey result.

The long "tie end" is 34" x 12".  The short "tie end" is 27" x 12".  The "collar" is 13 1/2" by 3", with a gentle curve.

For a Jabot (like a giant, floppy bow tie) make two long ends.  For a Cravat (tied with a Four-In-Hand knot,) make a long end and a short end.

Step 3: Layout Your Fabric and Cut Your Pieces

Cut two tie ends, and two collars out of fabric.  Cut one collar out of interfacing.  

If you're lucky enough to have a padded cutting table, pin the pattern to the fabric to the table, and PUSH the scissors flat against the table while you cut.

Step 4: Tie End

Fold tie end longways, right-side-together.

Pin the long edge and the slanty edge together.

Step 5: Sew Tie End

Stitch a 1/4" seam along your pins.   Be sure to leave the short, straight end open.

Clip your corners.

Turn inside out.

Press (iron flat.)

Repeat with other tie end.

Step 6: Collar

Layer fabric right-side-to-right-side and put interfacing on top. 

Pin together along long sides.

Stitch with 1/4" seam allowance. 

Step 7: Finish Collar

Turn collar inside out.


Turn 1/2" of open end to the INSIDE to hide rough edge. 

Press flat.

Step 8: Gather Tie Ends

Put a pin in each side of the open end of the tie end.  Wrap thread around one pin in a figure 8 pattern. 

Pull the other end of the thread until the open end is the same size as the collar opening.  Wrap the thread around the other pin in a figure 8 pattern.


Stitch 1/4" from the edge.

Step 9: Final Assembly

Remove pins.

Insert tie end into open end of collar.  Pin in place.

Stitch close to edge.

Step 10: Tie One On!

For a jabot, make a loose, floppy bow.

For a cravat, tie in a four-in-hand knot like a regular necktie.

Tuck under collar, and wear proudly!

Now make some vests to match!

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