How to Tie a Civil War Era Cravat

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To do a cravat, you want a long scarf with fringe or lace on either end. Tie a Civil War era cravat with help from a seamstress, designer, costumer, tailor and small-business owner in this free video clip.

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Hi. This is Mo, of Mo West Creations. And today, I’m going to show you how to tie a Civil War-style cravat. To do a cravat, you want a long scarf with fringe or lace on either end. Then, you want to take it and put it around your neck, and find how long you’re going to want your hangings to be. Leave it there, and then take your longer side and wrap it around your neck. The first wrap is going to be tighter and higher, and the second wrap is going to be a little looser. Then, take your second end, cross it over the first one, and up under it and the second loop. Then, bring the ends up and over that so that it’ll just be the tassels or the lace, pretty much, that is hanging over. And, you’ll see a little bit of the underneath lace or tassels as well. A cravat. To do a longer cravat, you want to make the first strand a little longer, and then take your second strand after you’ve wrapped it around your neck once, cross it over, wrap it around as many times as you want until it’s short enough. And then, bring it up underneath and pull it through, laying it over. Adjust as needed. You should end up with both layers of fringe or lace showing. However, the top one should be shorter. This has been Mo, of Mo West Creations, showing you how to tie a Civil War-era cravat. Ciao!

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