Have you felt the frustration of doing or seeing a sloppy bow on a gorgeous girl’s dress?
There is no doubt we are all dressing more casually and the opportunities to learn how to tie a bow are fewer and fewer, elegance is often a Special Occasion subject.
This fact became apparent recently when I attended a wedding. Four adorable flower girls were coming down the aisle. The bride selected the dress 'Surprise' from our Special Occasion Collection. This dress combines an embroidered organza overlay and silk dress, the girls looked beautiful. I was feeling pretty good until the girls passed me. Looking at them from the back, it was obvious no one getting them ready was comfortable tying bows; some bows were loose, uneven or going in the wrong direction.
After a lifetime designing special girl’s dresses, tying bows for hundreds of photo shoots on girls of all sizes and ages means tying bows is something I really know about!
We decided to create a graphic with simple steps that, with a little practice, will deliver a perfect bow. With one ribbon in blue and one in pink, it is easy to follow.
We printed it to include it in all the Special Occasion girl dresses we ship at this time of the year for First Communion, Flower Girls, and Graduations.
It is useful to know how to tie a pretty bow, a simple and handy skill to have when you need it. It takes just a few steps and a little practice… Ready?...Try it.
- Center your ribbons to have equal lengths
- Left over Right (blue over pink)
- Left under Right (blue under pink)
- Fold a loop with the pink ribbon towards the right
- Bring the blue ribbon down and tuck it under the pink bow
- Pull blue ribbon through towards the left making a loop
- Pull both sides of the bow, pink and blue to secure the shape
- Adjust the size of the bow you want, then tighten it by pulling strongly on both sides
- The length of the remaining ribbon should be at least twice the width of the complete bow. I have seen them longer and sometimes in organza shorter. They all looked beautiful.
If you have a different way of doing bows that works please share it, we’d love to try it.
Getting ready for a memorable event? Take a peek at our Special Occasion Designs.