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Old 01-21-2010, 04:59
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Default Old fashioned/retro bows?

My friend is starting a boutique clothing line here locally, and she has asked me to make some bows and things to go along with her fabrics. She is going for kind of an old fashioned look (think old style Holly Hobbie).

I have some swatches of fabric, which I can use to match ribbon and maybe incorporate into the bows. I'll attach a couple of pics. They are gorgeous.

What kind of bows would you make? Any ideas for a newbie? I'm not really going for the traditional boutique bow type thing. Maybe something with ragged edges? Oh, and my sewing skills are very basic, LOL!






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Old 01-21-2010, 05:11
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Default Re: Old fashioned/retro bows?

If you could get your hands on more fabric you could make fabric flowers.

or shabby fabric flowers.

Like these.
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I'd say the fabric flowers. They are so easy - barely any sewing skills needed I promise!! I just followed a tute from here & made my first ones today. I want to make a zillion more they turned out so well!! And you know with bows it's hard to have your first turn out great!!

And IMO they look very high end "boutiquey".
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Default Re: Old fashioned/retro bows?

Ok, I think I will try some of those fabric flowers. They look hard, but I'll give them a shot. Thanks!

emileedesigns - your flowers are really pretty! Love them. On the ones with the ragged/worn looking edges, how do you keep them from fraying further?
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How do you make the red one? It's gorgeous!!

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If you could get your hands on more fabric you could make fabric flowers.

or shabby fabric flowers.

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Default Re: Old fashioned/retro bows?

How about some tails-down bows with double-ruffle-ribbon or moonstitch ribbon? The tails down is a classic style, but update it with some newer ribbon choices. Those fabrics are so pretty-you'll have to post pictures when you finish collaborating!
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How about some tails-down bows with double-ruffle-ribbon or moonstitch ribbon? The tails down is a classic style, but update it with some newer ribbon choices. Those fabrics are so pretty-you'll have to post pictures when you finish collaborating!
You know, I have been looking for an excuse to get some of that moonstitch ribbon. It looks so cute. I definitely want to include some actual bows.

I tried the ribbon flowers last night - holy cow, they are so cute and easy! Thanks so much for the suggestions.
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