Meet the Patternmaker: Marcus Hawley of Natty Neckware

Meet the Patternmaker: Marcus Hawley of Natty Neckware | Sprout Patterns Blog

Today we’re talking with local Sprout Collective member Marcus Hawley, founder of the men’s accessory brand Natty Neckware based here in Durham, North Carolina. Natty Neckware took off with the dapper yet simple staple in menswear: the bow tie. A desire to have a classic piece with a bold edge, Marcus says he introduced “funky prints and textures; things that were missing within the apparel accessories market, especially for men”. Marcus has two bow tie patterns available on Sprout Patterns, the Jaxon and for your little one; the Kaden Bow Tie. Read on for a fun look at one of Sprout’s patternmakers. 

What was the first pattern you ever created?

“It was a bow tie. I bought the pattern, tweaked it a bit from the original and started making a prototype. I continued to tweak the prototypes until I got one I really liked and just went with it.”

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Bow Ties Made Simple

It’s true, Sprout has a bow tie pattern! Ours is from Natty Neckware, an up and coming designer from Durham, NC. No joking, this is a very easy pattern to sew and looks dapper on adults and ridiculously cute on kids. Maybe you even want to dress up a pup for a special occasion? Make one today!

One part of making a bow tie is turning it right-side out after sewing. It can be a bit labor-intensive, but Sprout team member Katie came up with a solution, which you can see in this video. Thanks Katie!


In case you didn’t catch all the tips in the video, here they are, step-by-step.
Turning narrow tubes of fabric right side out can be tricky!  Sometimes it can be easier to use thread instead of a sharp point that may poke through.  Katie tried this method and was turning bow ties in less than half the time.

  1. After clipping curves, trim seam allowance close to the stitch line (leave about 1/8″).
  2. Cut a piece of sturdy button thread that is over twice the length of your fabric.
  3. Use a large hand needle to guide the doubled thread into the opening and all the way through the bow tie.  Leave a long tail hanging out of the opening.  Wiggle the needle back and forth to ensure that it does not poke into the fabric until the very end.
  4. Take about three stitches that wrap around the stitch line at the bottom, and tie a knot onto one of them, so that when you pull the thread, it is pulling on itself instead of your seam.
  5. Guide the needle back through the bowtie and out the opening, again being careful not to poke through once it is inside.
  6. Hold both ends of the thread and push the end of the tie fabric so that it starts to pull inward.
  7. Pull on the threads as you pull down on the sides of the tube to guide the bowtie through the tube.  Once the end with the thread reaches the opening, you can hold onto the tie itself instead of the thread.
  8. Pull on the tie until it is all the way right side out.
  9. Use a knitting needle to turn the short end on the other side of the opening.
  10. With the knitting needle, push out the corners of the bow tie.
The tie is now turned right side out and ready to be pressed!

12509779_951623122887_894740084662195081_nKatie is an artist, an engineer for Sprout Patterns, and a developer at Spoonflower. Her latest adventure has been learning Ruby on Rails. With a background in sculpture and costuming, if she isn’t sewing, she’s building dovetail boxes in the wood shop. She also loves hiking, contra dancing, Iyengar yoga, and mindfulness meditation.