The Striped Sophisticate Collection is a set of seven DIY bow-ties (do-it-yourself) inspired by classic television fathers of the past. Each kit includes one yard of digitally-printed organic cotton sateen and seven sets of hardware to make the bow-ties adjustable in size from about 14½″ to 20″. You supply basic sewing skills and tools. (You’ll need scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat, pins, thread and sewing machine. Interfacing is optional.) Simple instructions are printed right on the fabric, or you can follow the step-by-step tutorial here.
Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for delivery.
You’ll get all seven of these DIY bow-ties in your kit:
Inspired by Mike Brady of The Brady Bunch (1969), played by Robert Reed. Although he wore very wide neckties instead of bow-ties, I like to think this is a pattern he would’ve loved.
The classic TV dad that set a standard for fatherhood: Ward Cleaver from Leave It To Beaver (1957) played by Hugh Beaumont. A medley of greenish browns adds a retro flair, while the diamond-point shape gives it a modern update.
This pattern was inspired by Aeronautical Engineer and Single Father Steven Douglas, from My Three Sons (1960). Cool and collected, Mr. Douglas never got too hot under the collar. The wider stripes in this pattern make a bold statement, while the color palette keeps it from being too loud.
Who could forget Andy Griffith from the Andy Griffith Show (1960)? Although it was set in the 1960′s, rural Mayberry had a real 1930′s vibe to it. I used muted tones of sepia and brown, with a red accent that recalls Opie’s red hair.
Inspired by Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable played by Bill Cosby in The Cosby Show (1984). This bright pattern of horizontal stripes recalls Dr. Huxtable’s affinity for chunky bold-patterned sweaters that influenced popular fashion in the ’80s.
The only animated dad in our lineup, George Jetson, of The Jetsons (1962). “Jane! Get me off this crazy thing!” Wavy vertical stripes in retro-futuristic colors I call “almost teal” and “not quite red”. I used these colors because they are reminiscent of the show’s predominant blue-red color scheme. The unconventional vertical stripes are sure to get you noticed.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), I Love Lucy, 1951. Though he didn’t become a father until the birth of Little Ricky in the second season, Ricky is still one of my favorite TV dads. This design reflects Ricky’s Cuban background with its bright Caribbean colors and horizontal stripes recalling tropical sunsets.