Bow is a fashionable accessory used on garments. It is a common
trimming found in hats. Bows add beauty and enhancement to the finished
garments. These are made of fabric and used with buttons at times. They are
usually added to girls and women garments. Wedding gowns, hats and party wear
dresses are always designed with bows. Bows create a beautiful girlish look
Bows are classified into three types based on the construction.
They are as follows;
A simple bow is shaped like a butterfly. Sometimes it looks like a
longer flowery bow. The wider the bow, the longer is the length required for
tying the bow. Normally, the finished edges are wider than the middle part
which is narrower. A wide finished width is required with turnings and neat
finishing. This is one of the most attractive types of bow.
Cut the fabric in cross grain and Fold the fabric in lengthwise
Shape as per the design
Place the fabric right sides together and sew the ends
Leave 5 cms (2 inches) unstitched at the center
Trim the seam allowance to 0.6cm, slit corners and press seam
Turn the material inside out through the unstitched opening
Slip stitch the unstitched opening
Fold into half and mark the center point with a pin.
Make a loop
Take the right loop in the right hand, left loop in the left hand
and bend loops forward. Take right loop over the left loop and bring it out
between the loops exactly at the pin marking
Drag tightly until both the loops are even in size.
Simple bows with laces, embroidery or shirring create an excellent
trimming for the plain garments. When the fabric is soft and needs a little
stiffening, a layer of organdy or canvas can be used. Shapes can be created as
Cut the fabric in cross grain and fold the fabric in lengthwise
Introduce gathers following the technique given below;
❍❍ Run two or more lines
of long stitches through the center line
❍❍ Attach a thread elastic
along the center line to gather
❍❍ Attach a lace or any
trimming along the edges of fabric
❍❍ Sew the raw edges
with a neat stitch
❍❍ Edges can be finished
with a string of stones.
Bows are made of ribbon, cords, lace or fabric tubing. These bows
are placed at sleeves, pockets, yokes, collars, hem line, neck line and waist
line for simple decoration. These types of bows are easy to make and are beautiful.
Cut required length of ribbon
Form two loops
Adjust the length of the tails to equal length
Take a left loop over the right loop and pull it gently
Tack the position with invisible stitches and complete.
Bows add attention and variation to the garment. A simple garment
is emphasised with a big bow. Children like belts and bows. This differs
depending upon age, sex, and nationality. Usually children garment are designed
with soft and silky bows. Bows are aslo made of various material and they add
aesthetic look to the garment.