TUTORIAL – How to attach a Pussy Bow

PUSSY BOW TUTORIAL

Hello sewers,

I have a little tutorial for you today…

Using Simple Sew’s Pussy Bow Blouse/Dress free with this month’s Love Sewing magazine I want to show you how to bag out and attach the pussy bow- as it’s quite tricky to work out!

Before I begin follow the pattern instructions to cut out the fabric, sew up all the darts, the shoulder seams and attach the neckline facing so it looks like this:

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  • Pin the Neck Tie piece to the neckline of the blouse/dress right sides together aligning the edges
  • *If you don’t have notches here snip a notch halfway down the long edge of the Tie and line this up to the centre back*
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View of the front – Tie pinned to neckline


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View of the back

  • Sew this up using a 1cm seam allowance -from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.

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You’ll get this:

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  • Then fold over the Tie- right sides together and pin this up -leaving out the neckline

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  • Then sew up all around the edges of the Tie stopping (and back tacking) at the neckline and carrying on again after…
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This is where you stop!

  • Now you can get your hands in the gap and turn the Tie out the right way!

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  • And use a pin to pull out the corners…

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  • Then get that hot steamy iron out and press the whole tie playing special attention to smoothing out the corners

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  • When you get to the unsewn bit along the neckline fold the raw edge under by 1cm and press down – enclosing the raw seams and pin in place.

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  • And sew this up… I have used the sewing machine as I have a busy fabric and matching thread so it really doesn’t show but the pattern suggests doing this bit by hand so it’s up to you.
  • If hand sewing – use a small slip stitch to close the gap.
  • If using the machine – sew a straight stitch close to the fold all along the neckline making sure you enclose all the raw seams.

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  • Give it another good press… Then your pussy bow is attached!
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Front


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Back

Now you can carry on with attaching the sleeves, inserting a side zip and sewing the rest of the pussy bow blouse or dress up! if you need any help with this I have done a series of short video tutorials with Simple Sew – Essential Sewing Skills youtube playlist

The fabric is a gorgeous viscose from Fabric Godmother who kindly supplied me with all the fabric for my video tutorials with Simple Sew too!

Hope that was helpful – once you have this skill you can add pussy bow collars to anything! 🙂

Happy sewing,

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