A cravat is neck wear made for men as an alternative to a simple necktie or bow tie. Day cravats are to be worn under a shirt, much like an ascot. Day cravats can help dress up an outfit while also adding a flare of something different. Cravats can be purchased in stores, or you can create your own. Making your own cravat allows you personalize it with your own fabric.
Buy or make a pattern for a cravat. Patterns can be purchased at any fabric store. Patterns can also be made using the tools available on a website such as Regency Reproductions or BurdaStyle. The pattern should contain two main pieces, a collar and the tie end.
Lay the fabric flat on a clean surface and place the first pattern on top of the fabric. Pin the pattern in place so it does not move.
Cut two separate collar pieces out of the fabric and two separate tie end pieces out of the fabric. Cut one collar piece out of the interfacing fabric.
Fold the tie end of the fabric in half lengthwise, with the top side of the fabric on the inside of the fold. Pin the slanted edge at the bottom of the tie and the long straight side to the fabric that is folded over. Do not pin the short end.
Sew the tie end by stitching a 1/4-inch seam all along the edge you have pinned, using a sewing machine. Do not sew the short, unpinned end. Clip the remaining corners after sewing.
Turn the tie-end piece inside out and iron it smooth.
Repeat Steps 4, 5, 6 and 7 for the second tie-end piece that was cut.
Lay the collar pieces on top of each other with the top sides touching and place the interfacing collar piece on top.
Pin the collar pieces together on both of the long sides, leaving the edges unpinned.
Sew the edges of the collar pieces by stitching a 1/4-inch seam all along your pins with a sewing machine. Do not sew the unpinned ends.
Turn the collar piece inside out and iron it smooth.
Turn up 1/2 inch of one of the edges of the collar piece inside the collar to hide the edge. Iron it smooth.
Place two pins in the open end both of the tie-end fabrics, one on each side of the opening. The pins should be pointing straight into the fabric with the non-pointed end pointing straight out of the top.
Thread the needle and sew it around the two pins in the fabric making a figure-eight motion. Continue this several times around and then knot and remove the needle. Iron until smooth.
Sew each tie end edge by stitching a 1/4-inch seam along the edge with a sewing machine. Remove the pins.
Place each of the tie ends into the open ends of the collar pieces. Pin the pieces in place.
Hand-stitch the final pieces in place very close to the edge.
Tie the completed cravat as either an ascot or a floppy tie, depending on your personal preference (see Resources).