I’ve really had bows on my mind lately.
So I made this A-line dress and plopped an enormous bow with long bow-tentacles on the front.
Yep, I pretty much love it. Hopefully Charlotte does too. Oh who am I kidding? She doesn’t care a bit about what she wears. Except clippies and hats. There must always be a clippy or hat on her head. At least at home. Ok I lied. She’s very particular about what she wears, now that I think about it.
Then I cut two pieces of bias tape 8″ long (or your kiddos arm measurement+ seam allowance), and ironed it in half lengthwise.
Then I gathered the bottom to fit the bias tape piece, and pinned them together, raw edges matching up. Then finish the seam and press. Repeat for other sleeve.
Then gather the top of your sleeve and fit it into the armhole, sew in and finish seams.
Next I used a measuring tape to figure out how long to cut my bow fabric. I think mine was about 40″ long. I cut two strips that long by 3.5″. ‘
Then I lined up the edges and trimmed them off at an angle.
Then I serged (you could also sew no biggie!) all around the edges, right sides together. Do not leave any spots open…you’ll see why!
Then cut a small slit in the very center of the strip like so. Then turn the strip right side out using a chopstick or turning tool, through that hole. Press all around the edges with your iron.
Next I cut a piece of fabric 5″ wide and tall, and sewed one side up like so, right sides together.
Then move the seam to the back and press with your iron. This is the middle of your bow!
Next at the center (right where that slit is) use a hand needle and thread to make small folds in the fabric to create the center of the bow. Sew around a few times, but sew it together loosely.
Then I sewed on the bow middle. (similar to this but with a needle and thread)
Next arrange the bow how you like it and pin down.