I am not normally one for fripperies, bows and ruffles. I know I would look less than dignified in them. However there is one age group that can happily carry the whole lot off with panache. I speak of toddlers. They who can look cute and adorable and who (much to the delight of my wallet) cost a fraction of the price to create an outfit for.
Which is why, for the first time in my sewing experience I have myself making bows. It will no doubt amuse you to read having created the ties for a bow, I had no idea how to create an elegant version of a one and had to ask for advice. Mini bows are somewhat easier. However, I do caution anyone considering using canvas that trying to turn out a small tube of this fabric is something of a task. Best left to softer fabrics in future.
This little outfit uses entirely scrap fabric (hooray, apart from the pattern it cost me nothing) and reminds me of some of the victorian little dresses I have seen with their full skirts. The canvas band I added to the hem has created a nice stiffening effect and help the skirt have a fuller shape. It’s been a lot of fun to make and I have learned lots. Like you use top stitching thread it is SO much easier to have this in the bobbin case rather than trying to thread it through a needle eye.
So here we are, two bows, lots of gathering, loads of trimming (canvas seams are not the most comfy) and the whole thing is even washable by machine. One (very cute if I may say so myself) dress.