Clever Charlotte

Finch Top Tutorial: The Basic Bow

Tutorials, Finch Shorts & TopErinComment
Finch Bow
Finch Bow

We have styled the cover look for the Finch Top with a slightly-oversized bow on the left shoulder to hide the hook and loop (i.e. "Velcro") closing.  Here are some tips and photos for putting the bow together.  You should read this post along with the full written instructions that accompany the pattern.  Look for another post next week discussing some embellishments you could make to the bow and some other alternatives.

For this tutorial, I have chosen a pink paisley on a white background for the main fabric and a mauve cotton lawn for the contrasting middle band.

For the bow itself, I have cut out the two bow pattern pieces and matched them with right sides together.  Before I sew, I like to measure out 1/2" from each of the pivot points, or corners, of the bow (of which there are several) and mark each of those points with a water-soluble pen.  This helps me to know exactly where to pivot my sewing machine needle.  Without this step, I found the two sides could end up looking a little lopsided because I didn't always pivot at the exactly the same point at each turn.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

The next step is to sew around the perimeter of the two pieces, leaving a 2" (or so) opening along a side edge near one of the wider ends of the bow.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

Another trick I have learned when making the bow, especially with heavier weight fabric, is to clip into the seam allowance at each pivot point (being careful to not clip into the stitched line).  This helps the bow lie flat after you turn it.

Once you have sewed the bow, turn the fabric through the opening, press and sew along the opening close to the edge.

Now it is time to fold the bow.  Pinch the points marked "A" on the Bow pattern piece, then fold the Bow back on itself toward the end of the bow.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

Do the same on the other side.  Notice the bottom folded edges come together on the underside of the bow.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

Here's what it looks like from the underside after you have the bow folded.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

Finally, sew two stitch lines on either side of that center line where the two folds come together in order to hold the two folded edges in place.  Again, this picture shows the underside of the bow.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

Now let's focus on the bow center.  Fold the bow center in half with right sides together and sew along the long edge.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

Turn the Bow Center right sides out and press it flat so that the seam just sewn goes right down the middle.  With the seam facing out, fold the Bow Center in half again so that the short edges come together.  Stitch the short edge closed  to form a loop.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

While not totally necessary, I chose to pink the edges of this short seam since they looked like they may start to unravel. Now turn the bow again so that both seams are on the inside of the loop.

Finch Bow
Finch Bow

All that is left to do now is assemble the bow and fasten it to the Top, as directed in the instructions.

Happy Sewing!