March 18, 2010

The Bow is Back, Baby!

I've been kind of happy to see bows coming back in.  Frankly, I like them.  I also like to dance to Michael Jackson in my kitchen.  I'm a nerd, but on to the crafting.  I wanted to make a feminine shirt, including a bow.  Here is it.

It all started when my sister took me to a fabric store I had never been to. I saw this....

...and I was glad my sister was there to wipe up the pile of drool I left on the floor.  I had never seen crochetted rick-rack like this before.  They also had these fabulous large buttons.  I left with these two things and I stared at them on my counter for several days.  When you have supplies you love, it takes just the right idea to make you willing to use them.

Anyhow, here's the process.

1) Plain t-shirt.  Sew on the trim.  I machine-sewed it on over the rick-rack and hand-tacked the top of it so it wouldn't lay weird after washing it.

2) Create a bow.  I just basically sewed a long tube of fabric.

3) Sew the tube into a bow shape, buy shoving it under the machine as you sew to gather it up.  (I hope you're appreciating my technical terms here.)  I didn't need a middle section, since the large button was going to cover it.

4) Sew the bow onto the shirt.

5) Sew on the button.  (I also tacked the bow on in two spots so that it would lay a litttle more flat.)

6) Get your sister to take pictures of you in the shirt as you prance around like Tyra Banks.  Upload the pictures and realize you may not be as photogenic as Tyra.  Laugh at the photos. 

I think I'm pondering life's deepest questions here.

There you have it, folks!  E-mail me if you have questions.

Thanks for stopping in!  Come hang out again soon!


  1. It's sooo pretty and very feminine. I LOVE that rickrack trim.

  2. What craft store did you go to? I'm glad to see that you are making some girlie stuff. I love the boy stuff but I'm in serious need of some girlie inspirations. Way to go!

  3. That is adorable!

  4. I love yellow and brown together!! Now I have to go and make me one:o)

  5. love it you make the best stuff!

  6. That is adorable and I love it. You make a great model.

  7. I LOVE your blog! I just came over here from Holy-Craft and have been browsing posts for too long already. So glad to have found you!

  8. This is awesome! I make hair bows for my DD and have only bought a sewing maching recently, so never even crossed my mind to use my machine! Or to sew a bow onto a top!

  9. I found your blog from google while I was looking for freezer dinner stuff, but I love your blog! Super cute things; I especially love the great boy ideas! I will check back often!

  10. I just found your blog yesterday and have to say... I LOVE IT!! I have two little boys and we are expecting a little girl in 3 weeks.
    I am so happy to find stuff i can do for my little boys. Its hard when there are so many cute girl things. Now i wont feel guilty making our little girl stuff, i can make them stuff too.

  11. Such a great idea for a plain shirt. I can't wait to try this on some of my tired old shirts :)

  12. That is awesome trim, and what a great way to spring up a t-shirt! Love it.

  13. Loooove that rick rack! Just had to wipe the puddle of drool off my laptop...

    Love your blog, ideas, and the way you write! Following you!

    -Ann Marie

  14. Nice work. Love the colors. Thanks for linking up!

  15. I really love this!! That style top looks good on you! I didn't know bows went out! *wink* :)

  16. How pretty! I love the vintage, feminine look!

  17. Ok, that's cute. really cute. :)

  18. Cute! I love that trim and big button! I think your pictures turned out great too. Your sister did a good job--much better than my kids do when I ask them to the same!


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