Saturday, November 22, 2008

Behold the Fast Phat Ascot

Sometimes I fire things out onto the internet just to be sure they're kept in a safe place where I can find them again.  Such is the case with these easy-as-pie directions for a homemade ascot, which I've now had to make for more than one dandy Hudson antique dealer. Each time from scratch without plans.

It's so easy anyone could make it in under an hour.  I should be churning out a bunch for Christmas ...

These plans are really just for me to jog my memory for next time, so if it doesn't make sense and you need better details just email me.
Start with two pieces of fabric 8" x 56". Silk or rayon. Have angles for pointed ends start at 3" from end (see top of my sketch below).
  If you want more drama make that 4" (ascots aren't always tucked in, after all).  
Draw in those angles and trim away excess. Sew right sides together all the way around  leaving 6 inch opening to turn right side out. Press, keeping seam allowances at opening folded, and sew it closed.
 Hold tie lengthwise and divide width of tie into 3 sections. Use a ruler and chalk, or wing it like I do.  Then divide each third into thirds again.  Think: three three-lane highways all along side each other (refer to my sketch again, bottom part). 
Pleat each 1/3 section of tie into thirds and press.  The two outer sections should be mirror image of each other, do them first. Then do center section and press it all down. Make sure the pleated sections lay along side each other and don't bulk up on each other.

Sew down at center, and again 6 inches from center on either side. 
Viola, guess what, you're done.
From here on out you're on your own...see Wikipedia on how to tie the thing.


North Fifth Street said...

"Hudson antique dealer" - is that a euphemism?

Five and Diamond said...

...for? If you mean a euphemism for gay men, no.
The first guy I made an ascot for was straight. Yes it's true - there are in fact straight men in this town with great style who sell antiques.

North Fifth Street said...

According to the groundbreaking Masters & Johnson study of Human Sexual Response, apparently 15% of antiques dealers self-identify as straight; and given that they're in Hudson, the great style is a given.

Anonymous said...

Your instructions are quite helpful in making an ascot.  They look great!