I've had this idea for a bow or a tie detail on a pencil skirt. I originally wanted to add a full bow but it turned out to be chunky and overpowering. I fiddled around until I found the perfect way to create the same effect with this tutorial. Instead of an actual bow, this technique adds the elegance of a bow without the bulk!
This skirt is feminine but not to girly. And it's soooo easy to achieve. You can make this in any colour you like, I do recommend a solid colour rather than a print so that the bow detail can stand out!
- 1 Meter of Ponte or Double Faced Knit (any medium weight knit fabric will do)
- Sewing Machine
- Tape Measure
- Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern (Check out this one!)
From the Knit skirt Pattern you will need to cut the following pieces:
Two Skirt Fronts ( One will be used for the skirt back)
One waistband piece
For the Bow:
I used the top 10" of the skirt front pattern
You will also need a small rectangle 3.5" x 6.5" for the "tie"
Overlock the top and bottom edges of the bow piece.
Overlock the sides of the small rectangle.
Fold under the overlocked edges and stitch down. Repeat for the both the bow and the tie piece.
Right sides facing, place your tie under the bow piece. Wrap around and pin.
Sew closed and flip to the right side.
Lay your bow right side up on your skirt front about 1" down from the top of the skirt. Baste in place.
Put your skirt back and skirt front right sides together and sew your side seams.
The make your waistband. Fold in half width wise and sew together. Fold again to lengthwise and attach to your skirt.
Overlock your skirt hem