Sunday, 15 June 2014

Venturing into tie-making

In Dublin you may not find an equivalent of the Garment District or Textile Town. But the National Tailoring Academy was quite a discovery! I first heard about it from Sewing Princess when I still was in London. Of course, princesses know everything! When I checked their website, I realized that I want to take most of the sewing classes at this place! And my Dublin sewing adventure started with a tie-making class.

Our instructor Sinéad was very nice and extremely knowledgeable. She had been working in the industry since graduation. One would never guess that this small and fragile-looking woman stands behind own fashion brand, has a few years of experience as a seamstress in an Italian couture house, teaches corset-making classes and runs a series of programs in the Tailoring Academy. During the workshop, on top of getting some extra sewing tips, we enjoyed a few industry anecdotes. Who doesn't like gossips?

Back to the class. Sinéad promised that it would be easy. But she has either made too many ties before or was over-optimistic: it was a garment which required so much patience and precision that I was completely knackered by the end of it. Having said that, it doesn't mean that tie-making is anything like a French jacke,t but a fair amount of diligence was absolutely necessary. 

If you don't follow me on Instagram, here are some of the photos taken during the workshop.

Pattern layout

Pointy end
Adding interfacing
Almost finished
Did I give you a taste of tie-making? Next week I will share some tips learnt at this workshop. 


  1. You made so much more complicated pieces of clothing, a tie should be a piece of cake for you! *^o^* Looking forward to more on this topic.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I've made a tie once. It went somewhat OK, but want to make another one for my boyfriend for a wedding we are going to. Looking forward to your tips!

  3. Silvia - Sewing Princess16 June 2014 at 13:02

    It looks great Inna! I keep on receiving newsletters from them and would love to try one of their classes. I can't wait to see which class you will take next!

  4. Wow! I want to take all of their classes! How cool!

  5. My husband was drooling over your Instagram pics, looking forward to the tips!

  6. I must do this for my husband.

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