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Men’s Necktie Patterns, 1941 to 1950

Necktie Patterns, December 1946. McCall #907 (left) and #1220 (center & right). Store catalog.

Necktie Patterns, December 1946. McCall #907 (left) and #1220 (center & right). Store catalog.

These tie patterns were still in the catalogs four years later,  although the illlustrations changed. Presumably, some of these fabric suggestions went out of style.

McCall Necktie Pattern #907,  from 1941

McCall # 907 as shown in December, 1946, catalog.

McCall # 907 as shown in December, 1946, catalog.

Pattern #907 was not new in 1946; by then the catalog’s number sequence had reached the 1300s. The Commercial Pattern Archive dates it to 1941. In 1941, the illustration included two more ties on the left. (click here.) [Edited to correct link 8/13/14] By the end of 1950, the small foulard pattern on the left (above) had also disappeared.

"You can make his ties," McCall #907 in November 1950 catalog.

“You can make his ties,” McCall #907 in November 1950 catalog.

Note that there are two lengths available, “Regulation” 47 inches and a shorter tie, 45 inches long. Men’s waistbands rose and fell during the 1930s and 1940s, and tie lengths changed with them.

Trousers, 1930, from a menswear catalog. Courtesy of Remembered Summers.

Trousers, 1939, from a menswear catalog. Courtesy of Remembered Summers.

Extremely high waists and exaggerated shoulder padding, 1939.

Extremely high waists and exaggerated shoulder padding, 1939. Image courtesy Remembered Summers.

McCall Necktie Pattern #1220, from 1945

McCall's #1220, December 1946 store catalog.

McCall’s #1220, December 1946 store catalog. CoPA dates this tie to 1945.

“Notice the nice wide ends on the long tie!”  The illustration for McCall #1220 also changed between 1946 and 1950; these “loud” ties on the left disappeared . . .

dec 1946 1220 top of pg022. . . leaving these more conservative styles in 1950.

McCall #1220, as illustrated in November 1950 store catalog.

McCall #1220, as illustrated in November 1950 store catalog.

“Choose prints he likes. Dress fabrics, suitably designed, are good. ” This tie is 48 inches long.

McCall Necktie pattern #1517, from 1950

McCall #1517, May 1950 store catalog.

McCall #1517, May 1950 store catalog.

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This 1950 tie is 50 to 51 inches long (as compared to # 907, 45 or 47 inches long in 1941) and is designed for either a specially printed quarter block panel of tie material or “printed or plain silk dress material.”  The vogue for “illustrated” ties has arrived:

Necktie pattern #1517, November 1950.

Necktie pattern #1517, November 1950.

Compared to some ties from 1950, the one with the birch trees (right) is almost tasteful!

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