Vintage Details: Stitched Bow


I found this dress at one of my favorite vintage shops, Dear Golden. I’ll admit that the color isn’t for me (and I adore pink), but those pockets!

I’m completely enamored with the stitched bows. I captured a close up shot for you. I’m not an embroidery expert, but it looks to me like some kind of heavy coarse thread. I suppose you’d stitch the outline of the bow, then fill it in with the loops. Very very pretty.

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This would be a fun dress to recreate…I might do the bow one of two ways:

1. find an applique just like it.
2. make a bow applique. Glue cording to wash-away fusible. Get it in the shape I want..plop another piece of wash-away on top for a wash-away fusible “sandwich.” Free-form stitch over the whole thing. Once I’m sure the whole thing won’t fall apart once the interfacing is gone, I wash away the fusible interfacing. Bada-bing! Insty bow.


That is an excellent idea! I really like the idea of using the wash-away interfacing to make appliques, I may have to give that a try sometime.


Ok. So it might be a fair while since you posted this, but after seeing that close-up of the bow patch (which is perfectly adorable!), I think that it might have been made using couching – that is, the shape of the bow and it’s fill stiches are laid onto the fabric using a heavier weight thread which is then sewn to the fabric using small stitches (in a much finer weight thread) here and there (as invisibly as is desired). I can’t tell if I’m right, as I don’t have the dress in front of me, but that might be the way that effect was acheived.

Thought I’d put my two cents in. . .

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