The grey version was made from the pattern, as packaged. This version has you cut two ties the exact same length. They're long enough to tie into a simple knot but not quite long enough for a bow.
The red version was made from my original personal pattern, in which I did a fussy thing where one tie is longer than the other. Sometimes patterns go through changes in the process and I imagine this one was made to avoid an over-complication of the pattern pieces to gain a relatively minor design feature! After all, the ties appear to be different lengths anyway once you tie them to one side, though perhaps not as exaggerated as in the picture below.
I'm not trying to confuse you, I promise. Here's the take-away: If you want to be able to tie the ties into a bow with long tails, you'll need to make a pattern change. Here's what I would suggest for a fuss-free alteration: Simply extend the tie pattern piece (it's labeled #2 on the tissue) by 10". Your ties will be long enough to tie into a bow this way.
Okay, now let's talk about a hot-button issue: two- vs. four-way stretch! Two-way jerseys stretch across the fabric widthwise but not lengthwise. Four-way jerseys stretch in both directions. Which should you use for this top? The great news is that you can use either! The red roses jersey shown is a four-way stretch, with slightly more widthwise than lengthwise stretch. The grey jersey at the top of this post is a two way stretch, with the stretchiness going across the body.
You can use either, but your choice will effect the feel of your top. The four-way stretch has a softer, less stable feel to it. Also, the ties stretch, meaning that they wrap further around the body and result in a longer, floppier bow.
The grey top, made in two-way stretch feels more firm and stable, and the ties do not stretch, giving them a shorter look and firmer feel.
Please let me know if you have any questions! Next we'll be cutting out our pattern.