View Full Version : Sewing a Homemade Stock Tie
Jan. 8, 2011, 01:10 PM
...I've been haunting Ebay, attempting to assemble a low-cost set of high-quality (even if used!) show gear for next season. The one thing I can't seem to get my hands on is a nice, cheap stock tie. My current one is alright, but sort of flimsy, and it has black piping that crosses over itself, driving me crazy (like this: http://www.foxsdentackshop.com/mod/ecs/index.php?ViewProduct=1113).
So, last night I got the idea of sewing my own. Just a classic, white, self-tie stock... and hopefully something that I can force into a nice fluffy knot!
Anyone ever try this? Any suggestions? Fabric type? Features to include?
Jan. 8, 2011, 01:25 PM
I've made tons of these for my hunting friends, albeit they're wool, not cotton, although the concept would be the same.
You are looking for a nice shirting material, of which there will be several types at your local Michael's or JoAnn's fabric. Throw yourself on the mercy of one of the fabric clerks there...most are very knowledgeable in the area of sewing and they can help you.
Take in your current stock tie to show them a finished product.
Now, do you sew? If so, straight seams on the machine are all you need to do.
If you don't sew, get some double-faced, iron-on hemming tape to assemble the project with. Again, it's easy, and the clerks can walk you through it. I've also had helpful shoppers walk me through basic project ideas at the store.
Make sure you DONT go to the store on a weekend and expect help - they're jammed! Try to pick an off time (lunch hour, first thing in the morning) and you'll get more help!
Good luck and post your results! PM me if you need more info.
Jan. 8, 2011, 01:35 PM
Thank you so much! :D I have a sewing machine, though I'm not especially talented with it! I think I'll get my dear horseshow mom to help me out with this one. Will definitely take a trip to the fabric store... whenever the snow stops falling! Grrrrr...
One more quick question: I read somewhere about using "interfacing" between the fabric layers. Is this necessary? What sort of fabric?
Jan. 8, 2011, 02:05 PM
My mom makes my stock ties. She's made a traditional one that needs to be tied and a pre-ties one. I absolutely LOVE the pretied one. Fluffs up really nicely and, IMO, is much nicer than the majority of other ties I see out there. She used a heavy cotton and put a stiffener between two layers. I then spray it with starch from an aerosol can and it looks really nice. It's in two peices: 1) a collar with the 'knot' attached, which is just a 2' wide piece of material sown into a loop and attached to the top edge of the collar. She has a peice of velcro on it, but I dont think it's necessary. The second piece is a simple rectangle, which slides into the loop. Cross the ends and pin. Here's a picture - it's pinned a little lower than usual here. I wear it in SJ phase of eventing, too:
That's a very strangely tied stock tie in the picture you posted...
Jan. 8, 2011, 02:38 PM
Unless I'm doing something horrible wrong (quite possible!) mine ties sort of like that one... I'll see if I can find one of my own pics. If I try to tuck the top part under, it puckers up funny.
Now I'm thinking perhaps I shouldn't use mine as a pattern!
Jan. 8, 2011, 02:57 PM
Ok, nevermind. Here's mine: http://i53.tinypic.com/2mz9qg9.jpg
Please excuse the mirror shot, the dirty mirror, and everything else horribly wrong with this picture. This was when I first got the tie last winter; I was beyond excited to have figured out how to get it into some sort of knot! But the black piping still crosses over the white, which I'm not so in love with.
And this is the tie puckered up from me trying not to have a strip of black piping on top more black piping: http://i52.tinypic.com/205ccn6.jpg
Ewwwww! Please excuse the incredibly awkard moment of me looking down with eyes partly closed, and the equitation! The tie, however, it inexcusable... I really cannot believe I went in the ring like this... At least it was a 4-H schooling show. My eyes burn!
Jan. 8, 2011, 04:13 PM
Read this; http://www.bosleyapparel.com/pdfs/The%20Stock%20Tie.pdf
All you need to do is roll and sew the edges of a very long rectangle.
Jan. 10, 2011, 01:23 AM
Mine (made by someone with more talent with a sewing machine than I have) has a "bib" so I don't have to wear a fancy shirt under it, velcro collar, the loop mentioned previously, and the tail ends for the tie. I don't have a pin on it yet, but would cross and tie the tails (or whatever you want to call those.)
You should be able to see it here. (http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs009.ash2/33833_640898806496_510683_34015559_2227374_n.jpg)
Jan. 10, 2011, 06:42 PM
They are very easy to make. The "choker" part needs a slight curve to it-thing really wide wide "u" to go around your neck and lie properly. Again, if your existing tie is the right size, set it on a piece of paper and trace around it for a pattern. Add about 1/2 inch all around to give you room to sew it-cut it out, put the right sides together, sew it all around, leaving a big enough opening to turn it right side out-a chopstick is really helpful with getting the corners to turn,, iron it and then top stich the opening closed.
I have found some quite heavy pique fabric that does not need interfacing, but if you use interfacing, cut the interfacing slightly smaller so it is not stuck inside your sewing line-makes the seam too bulky.
I have made lots of ties, with and without the piping. Piping is harder to set in, so if you are just going for white and can thread your machine and sew a straight line, you should have no problem. Then you can make a couple, so you have a clean tie, even at a 2 day show with a horse who wants to kiss you!! Good luck.