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How to make bows look chic
And not little- girlish.
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Date: 3/28/12 12:48 PM

Hello, all. I am searching for a dress to wear to my brother's wedding in the horrid heat of Missouri in June. I am drawn to flirty skirts like the one in this pattern here but can't help but feel a little like an 8 year old when I think of the bow. Maybe because my mother loved bows and put them on everything I wore.

So, my question is, how do you graduate bows to a sexy mom of 2 look?

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Date: 3/28/12 4:52 PM

I feel the same way about bows on adult women. Why not just use the option to make it without the bow?

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Date: 3/28/12 5:06 PM

I couldn't get the pix to come up.
But instead of a bow, why not look at all the embellishing tutorials online for flowers, ruffles, tulle, etc. (You could always make it removable or use on a belt/sash.)
A current favorite is double circles or squares on top of each other, just sew down the center. When you sew them close together on a hemline or neckline in a knit, they ruffle up into fluttery flowers, a little different and lighter than the coiled/rosette ones.

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Date: 3/28/12 5:48 PM

Is this the pattern?
McCalls 6557

The contrast band appears to go completely around the high waist (front and back), and the waist ties and bow are only decorative, so you could leave the ties off, and still have the design detail of the contrast waist band.

When ties provide part of the fit of a garment, I find it more difficult to omit them. For example, on a pull over dress that has a lot of ease, often there will be a couple of ties in the back that are used to provide some of the fit.

However, that does not appear to be the case for McCalls 6557.

CMC

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Date: 3/28/12 7:46 PM

Thanks, ladies. Now I see that I can omit the bow (just don't tell my mother). While you're looking at the pattern details, do you think just the bodice is biased or the skirt, too? If biased work is a challenge, especially with a fabric like challis-- as I've read on the boards here--why is this pattern rated " easy"?

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Date: 3/28/12 8:58 PM

My guess is that the bodice is cut on the straight grain and that lovely, swirly skirt is cut on the bias. I'd swatch whatever challis you are interested in and make sure it isn't too lightweight. You want something with a bit of a "hand" to it so it won't be impossible to cut and sew on the bias without stretching all out of shape.

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Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

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Date: 3/29/12 3:28 AM

Quote: tlmck3
I feel the same way about bows on adult women. Why not just use the option to make it without the bow?

and me. I really don't like ties that tie at the back to pull things, makes me feel like a little girl. I like it to just fit.

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