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Bow Front

Added Jan 29, 2014

by kisses

Kingston, Jamaica






I love bows…I had this fabric in my stash for a while. It has a damask look with a feel of richly texture to it so I wanted to make something that would look very sophisticated and have that rich look. I use crepe chiffon of the same colour for contrasting effect.

For the base of the design I use B5600 bodice and I added the self draft bow, sleeves, standing collar and the overlay. The crepe chiffon is used to make the yoke, gathered sleeves and skirt overlay. It has eight buttons which are concealed. In between these buttons are press studs to prevent gaping in between the spaces. The overlay is stitch at the waist and a 1.5 inch elastic is enclosed in the waist for shaping. The overlay stops 2 inches away from the hemline to create a balance.

The dress was not hard to execute but it requires patience as chiffon and satin can easily puckers away
It was well worth the time as I am so proud of my design and it is absolutely stunning :-)

Material Notes

1 3/4 yds satin looking fabric
1 yd crepe chiffon
8 buttons
6 press studs




Garment Type
Chiffon, Silk

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    Feb 23, 2014, 04.46 PMby saxsilverain

    such a fun dress, and as always you made it so perfectly well! very lovely design, if you would sell this i’m sure it’ll be a big hit! :)

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      Feb 24, 2014, 02.04 PMby kisses

      Thanks for such a lovely compliment :-)

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    Feb 3, 2014, 03.25 PMby SShaw

    kisses I have been following your work since I saw you here on Burdastyle and I must say that you really do have a gift and you use it well. I’m also in Kingston and I have just started to get serious with my sewing. If it’s no problem, I would like to know where do you get your patterns to buy. I have been searching in all the fabric stores but nothing. TIA and continue the good work!

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      Feb 13, 2014, 01.57 AMby kisses


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    Feb 2, 2014, 02.25 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Double skirt with different texture is nice finding, it balances the bodice and the skirt well.

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      Feb 3, 2014, 07.22 PMby kisses

      Thanks alot Oksana :-)

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    Jan 31, 2014, 12.08 AMby pamchar

    Lovely dress!!!

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      Feb 3, 2014, 02.28 PMby kisses

      Thanks Pam :-)

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    Jan 30, 2014, 02.59 PMby Brahdelt

    Stunning it is! I love the bow and the ruffles on the sleeves.

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      Feb 3, 2014, 02.28 PMby kisses

      Thanks Brahdelt…much appreciated :-)

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    Jan 30, 2014, 02.37 PMby chula123

    You are so clever! This looks fabulous, colour, pattern just everything ! Well done you !!

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      Jan 31, 2014, 04.12 PMby kisses

      Thanks very much Chula :-)

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    Jan 30, 2014, 04.18 AMby nrobson

    cute one kisses!

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      Jan 30, 2014, 06.10 PMby kisses

      Thanks Robson :-)

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    Jan 29, 2014, 08.00 PMby rita61

    You’ve created a nice dress; looks great on you.

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      Jan 30, 2014, 06.10 PMby kisses

      Thanks Rita…I am glad that I could achieve a nice look :-)

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    Jan 29, 2014, 08.00 PMby rita61

    You’ve created a nice dress; looks great on you.

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    Jan 29, 2014, 03.41 PMby liliv-1

    This dress is super cute!

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      Jan 30, 2014, 06.03 PMby kisses

      Thanks Liliv darling…I think so too

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    Jan 29, 2014, 03.01 PMby velvetribbon

    I love it, Kisses! What a pretty dress and the fabrics are perfect for it.

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      Jan 30, 2014, 06.00 PMby kisses

      Thanks very much Velvetribbon :-)

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    Jan 29, 2014, 11.44 AMby Denise Wild

    This dress is so pretty! Love the bow and ruffled sleeves. :)

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      Jan 30, 2014, 05.59 PMby kisses

      Thanks Denise :-)

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    Jan 29, 2014, 07.13 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very, very Pretty! You are a fantastic seamstress – I’m really impressed! :-)

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      Jan 29, 2014, 08.05 PMby kisses

      Thanks Ellen..so glad to hear :-) My hope and dream to be a exceptional fashion designer, whether self taught or from Parson.

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      Jan 29, 2014, 08.18 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      You are a Great fashion designer Kisses – and I admire all your lovely work :-) Wishing you all Good Luck!!

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    Jan 29, 2014, 06.18 AMby Mary Athey

    This is so fashion forward kisses with a nod to.wards victorian dresses. I love this, its girly femimine and utterly fabulous on you. Thats a great tip schnui gave. I hope this gets noticed by burda and featured. Gorgeous x

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      Jan 29, 2014, 08.01 PMby kisses

      Thanks Mary…as always you are so kind and sweet. I hope it get featured too :-) I am really going to take Schnui advice and put it int perspective

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    Jan 29, 2014, 05.09 AMby schnui

    Another pretty dress!!! You have been busy. This is lovely and you have done a great job at making a dress that you have designed in your mind. Did you know that if you put chiffon and other really slippery fabrics in a plastic bag and then into the refrigerator for 12 hours or longer before cutting, it won’t slip when you cut it out. The cold air on the fabric gives it a slight bit of moisture and reduces the slipperiness.

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      Jan 29, 2014, 01.32 PMby kisses

      Thanks Schnui :-)This is such a great tip, I will indeed try it because I have a few more chiffon/slippery fabrics to execute.

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