Few things are more synonymous with Father’s Day than neckties—that sartorial symbol of fatherhood. This year, we’d suggest you add the family dog to the mix. Dad probably has all the ties he needs or wants, but what about Fido? Try these clever ideas on for size, and come up with your own creative neckwear for dog and dad.
Here’s a fun project for all of those seldom worn gifts from Father’s Days past—
Necktie Dog Collars
• Necktie ready to be recycled; use the bottom portion, usually the narrower end, for this project.
• 2 D-rings the width of the tie
• Straight sewing pins
• Strong sewing thread and needle
Measure your dog’s neck and add 6 inches. Cut the tie to that length. Slip both D-rings onto the cut end and then fold it over 12 inches, securing the rings inside. Fold the cut end again about 2 inch to create a hem, and pin it to the tie. You should have a neat loop around the D-rings. Sew together along the fold using small stitches. If you are making several of these, you can make them in different sizes. Just add or subtract a few inches when you cut the ties.
If you don’t have time to make the dog-tie collar yourself, check out the ones from Scutte.com. Bark’s 17 year-old Lenny is high stepping it in his Scutte vintage necktie—as the maker notes: “Made for man, now for dog”!
If a gentleman can’t wear his heart on his sleeve, at least he can wear his dog on his tie. These hand-painted medium-width, rayon and silk examples date from the late 1940s or early ’50s demonstrate man’s love affair with dogs. Specifically, hunting dogs were most likely to appear (as well as game birds, sport fish and horses)—all relating to the enthusiastic return to civilian leisure that followed World War II (a time that also saw the launch of a profusion of men’s hunting and fishing magazines, such as Argosy, True and Outdoorsman.)
Slices of stylish, wearable nostalgia, vintage ties (mostly from the 1930s to the ’60s) are still abundant and affordable, with sources ranging from flea markets to a number of websites like www.rustyzipper.com and www.vintage-ties.com.