Ooh la la Pin Up Sew-Along... Adding Bows.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

We have a saying around my house... "Bows make everything better." Whenever I finish something that I'm not 100% thrilled with, my husband suggests I "slap some bows on it," and you know what? It usually works!

I am adding bows to the "points" on my corset above my garter straps.  I'll show you how to make 2 kinds of bows.

The first kind of bow is a sewn bow.  Cut a large rectangular piece - I cut mine on the bias.

Fold in half length-wise and stitch around the edges, about 1/4" Seam allowance, leaving a small gap where you will turn the rectangle inside out.  Clip your corners, flip right side out, and pull your corners out with a pin.

Grab a piece of left over bias trim, or make a small strop of fold over bias tape.

Add a row of basting stitches down the center of your rectangle and gather, tying off both ends.

Sew your bias strip around it, forming a loop.  I left a raw edge on the back of mine.  This can then be hand sewn onto your corset.

My favourite bow, the the bow I am using on my corset, is a hand tied ribbon bow.  I took a piece of 1 1/2" satin ribbon.

And tied a bow.  Cut the ends on an angle, at equal length, and singe with a lighter.  Give your bow a press with a hot iron (but not so hot as to melt the ribbon - always test on a scrap first).

I machine stitched my bows on, but you can also hand stitch.

Here's my best pin up pose!

Voila! What kind of embellishments will you use on your corset?

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