Wardrobe DIY | Ascot Bow Tutorial
Simple is pretty, and I dig it most of the time. But I’ve got a little thing for big bows, so when I found this simple high-neck dress at the thrift store this week, it seemed to be begging for an ascot addition. I dove into my fabric stash and found some pieces of an old thrifted dress which I had been using for business cards.
Originally I wanted to make one long ribbon to tie into a bow, but since I didn’t have enough fabric length, and didn’t want to piece together the fabric, I thought it might work better to arrange the bow from three parts.
First I cut out two long strips of fabric for the hanging pieces of the bow, and then two more for the top section of the bow. The pieces varied from 2.5-3′ in length and around 3″ in width. For the hanging pieces, I cut the ends in a diagonal, because it looks nice at the end of a bow.
When I stitched them together, I was careful to keep the face side inward (facing each other), ran the edges through the sewing machine, and left about a two-inch gap so that I could flip it right-side-out when I was finished stitching.
After I ironed the two pieces, I began to think about assembling the bow. I needed a small strip to attach the two pieces, so I stitched one up really quickly. Also, where the top part of the bow gathers, I stitched the unfinished edges together so that the bow wouldn’t come apart later.
To connect the top section and the hanging section of the bow, I tied the smaller piece of fabric, trimmed the edges, and stitched it so that it wouldn’t move around as I wore the bow. Then, I grabbed a nice sized safety pin and attached the bow to my dress. Pretty simple!
I’m already planning some small bows made from leftover gingham material that I want to affix on both shoulders of some strappy dresses. It’s a super easy project that I will probably try again and again!