|Ben's hair is not getting any shorter, I can't help noticing. But he is rocking the necktie shirt, no?
|The Original Necktie Shirt
You'll start with a simple trip to your closet or thrift shop, where you'll pick out a slightly oversized polo-style shirt and a silk necktie. It does not absolutely need to be silk--but the silk gets so soft and faded and lovely in the laundry that you'll be glad you bothered! Have your child put on the polo shirt, and knot the tie loosely around the collar. Make sure that your child will be able to remove the shirt and tie once it's sewn on! (Amazing as the shirt is, wearing it forever could still be kind of a drag.)
|Why don't we just keep the shirt and tie separate? you are wondering. And I am suddenly not entirely sure. But I will say that Ben wears his necktie shirt all the time, and never once has worn a different polo shirt and tie combo. So.
|Why don't we just leave the tie kind of more normal? Look, do you want to make this Amazing Necktie Shirt or not?
Now you're going to sew it. It's not a lot of sewing, so you could totally do it by hand. And if you're doing it by machine, you already know what you're doing. (If you don't, I'm probably not the person to help you. But my friend Nicole is!)
|Speaking of Nicole, she made me this pin cushion for my birthday, like, a hundred years ago.
|This is not a very clarifying photograph.
|I'm not convinced that this step is entirely necessary. I think the tie on Ben's old tie shirt was inclined to ride up over the collar in the back, which was why I originally added this bit of security.
That's it. The entire project, not including rummaging around for the shirt and tie, will take you about half an hour.