Fancy Cadaver Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

The Bow Tie Project Week Two

Navy with Gold Flower Bow Tie

Another week, another bow tie. This fabric is a wonderful navy blue with gold flowers. Finished, this tie looks classy and wonderful tied. I have three bow ties that I have purchased and this one is the nicest looking tie I own.

I think that I have my butterfly pattern about perfected. There are a few small things I will adjust to make the corners sharper and the curves smoother, but I am happy with it. Now it is on to the other types of bow ties.

I am intrigued by the Batwing bow tie. It isn’t a tie I have ever worn but it has a much stronger shape than the butterfly. Reading more about bow tie shapes I have found that by making small adjustments to my patterns I can create numerous tie shapes.

Next week I am going to make a diamond point. I will also try and list the fabric I use to make each tie in case you want to make the same tie. And maybe I’ll upload the patterns so you can make ties too,

BOW TIE FACT:

Pediatricians prefer bow ties over the long neck ties as the kids could not grab them

How can you help?

Do you also love bow ties? No one needs 52 bow ties, so I was thinking I could share the making of them with others. If you want a bow tie, you just need to buy the fabric, pay for shipping, and I will add you to the list. Shoot me an email so we can set it up. I will need to know what size your neck is.

Since I also want to gain some bow ties from this experience I will be only opening up twenty-six of the fifty-two ties for people. So get in now or miss out. Fill out the form

Wish me luck and check back every week for the newest bowtie.

Don’t forget that you can support my writing efforts on Patreon

Week Two

Week Two - Dylan looking insane at the end of a panoramic of Wellington NZ

Week two of the new year. WooHoo!!! We made it!!!

This week has been filled with writing, planning, and bow tie-ing. Because I know who I am and what I am about I am trying to set myself up for success this year. And the only way I know how to do this is by buffering and scheduling.

I am attempting to create a buffer for my serial so when I get stuck I am able to take the time I need to find my way. The other half of that is scheduling my weeks and what they look like in the world of writing.

This is going to be a big writing year. I hope to finish a lot of projects as well as blog consistently. That means that the words I post here take away from the words I can write on projects.

That isn’t a bad thing.

I find that if I don’t do some sort of free writing before working on a project, I end up writing poorly for that session. Having this blog and multiple projects allows me to get that out of the way and to share my thoughts on stuff… and things.

If you haven’t gotten involved yet and want a bow tie from the Bow Tie Project, here is the form you can fill out.

I have been having a lot of fun making bow ties, and wearing bow ties. They are fairly simple to make, and that allows me to focus on making them as nice as possible. I made my first batwing bow tie and it is pretty cool.

Don’t forget that you can support my writing efforts on Patreon

The Bow Tie Project Week One

Pastel Flower Bow Tie

This week was a lot of fun. I perfected my pattern, and found some things that I need to adjust. I also looked into the other shapes of bowties besides the traditional Butterfly. This is the first fabric that Sarah bought me to make a tie out of, and I love it.

I like the watercolor look of the fabric. It might have be a better choice for spring time, but given that the weather has sucked it was nice to add a little bit of spring to my neck.

The most important lesson of the week was the amount of interfacing needed. For this tie I put interfacing on all four pieces of the tie before sewing it together. This made the tie nice and stiff but also made it really hard to turn. In the future I will put the interfacing on only one half of each side.

I also went to The Loopy Ewe and bought a bunch of fun fabric. Since I use a fat quarter for each bow tie, it is fun to pick out fabrics and none of them break the bank so I bought a lot.

With today’s purchases I have twenty weeks of bow tie fabric picked out. Of course I will probably end up with more than enough fabric and so many bow ties!!!

BOW TIE FACT:

Less fabric is used to make a bow tie (37 inches), compared to traditional ties (57 inches).

How can you help?

Do you also love bow ties? No one needs 52 bow ties, so I was thinking I could share the making of them with others. If you want a bow tie, you just need to buy the fabric, pay for shipping, and I will add you to the list. Shoot me an email so we can set it up. I will need to know what size your neck is.

Since I also want to gain some bow ties from this experience I will be only opening up twenty-six of the fifty-two ties for people. So get in now or miss out. Fill out the form

Wish me luck and check back every week for the newest bowtie.

Don’t forget that you can support my writing efforts on Patreon

Week One

Halfway through the first week of 2017 and things are looking good. I have done actual writing, started an unplanned weekly project, and we started planning next Christmas. Go us!!

Now I just have to keep the momentum moving forward. This is where I normally fall down. I am great at starting things but not so good at completing them. This year is different. Therapy has taught me a lot about setting goals, and the number one thing I learned was to make them attainable.

Which as with all good advice I will ignore. Because I want to get things done this year and don’t care what I should do. Here are the goals I have set for the year:

  1. Finish writing The Problem with Portal 5. This novella follows Jack Featherstone, magician, as he tries to save the world… or a world.
  2. Finish Calliope and the Living Biologic. This is my NaNoWriMo 2015 book that I have rewritten a couple times and is almost done. Just one more rewrite to go.
  3. Edit Rio Borealis. NaNoWriMo 2016 book that needs a good read through and edit. Who doesn’t love space westerns? In a small frontier town on the side of Vastitas Borealis basin there has been a death. The largest land owner for a thousand miles has been found dead. Lucy, the local saloon owner and doctor, discovers something unsettling as she does an autopsy.
  4. Write and Draw a comic. This has been a dream of mine for years and years. My drawing ability is just so-so, and comics are hard to write, but I hope to have it finished by the end of the year.
  5. Continue The Correspondent. Serial story posted on Acme Hero, Inc
  6. The Bow Tie Project!!!

Most of these are writing projects, which is great. I love writing. The project I am most nervous about is the last one. A committed sewing project is an insane idea. And what I am most afraid of is that I will peter out before I really get started. But I am not going to give into that fear.

Speaking of that (SEGUE!!), The 3Fs is free this week!!

Don’t forget that you can support my writing efforts on Patreon

The Bow Tie Project Week Zero

Shark Bow Tie

I love bow ties. They are the coolest of all ties. They are fun and less likely to end up in a bowl of soup than a regular neck tie. I have been wanting to make my own bow ties for a while now, but I never bit the bullet and got started.

Then with the start of the new year I decided to get started. Making ties takes very little fabric and not very much time. So why not make one bowtie a week. It will give me a lot of bowties added to my collection and will force me to sew more often.

The plan is as follows:

  1. Pick a fabric to use for a bow tie. I currently have a lot of fabrics and sense Sarah works at the Loopy Ewe, she can pick me up fabric whenever I need it.
  2. Pick a type of bow tie: Bat-wing, Diamond point, Butterfly, or Jumbo Butterfly
  3. Make a bow tie. Take pictures of the process.
  4. Post about it.

From making the shark tie I learned that I need to perfect my pattern. It looks nice, but the lines could be a lot clearer on the points. It fits well and is easy to tie. I also learned that I need to use less interfacing.

How can you help?

Do you also love bow ties? No one needs 52 bow ties, so I was thinking I could share the making of them with others. If you want a bow tie, you just need to buy the fabric, pay for shipping, and I will add you to the list. Shoot me an email so we can set it up. I will need to know what size your neck is.

Since I also want to gain some bow ties from this experience I will be only opening up twenty-six of the fifty-two ties for people. So get in now or miss out. Fill out the form

Wish me luck and check back every week for the newest bowtie.