Go Back   Cosplay.com > Cosplay Construction > Cosplay Tutorials

Reply
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 7 votes, 5.00 average.
Unread 06-08-2007, 10:35 PM   #1
phantomthief
It was fun, wasn't it?
 
phantomthief's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 4,858
Arrow HUGE Bow Photo Tutorial (FWOOSH!)

Do ginormous bows of epic proportions elude you? They're great for dresses and uniforms (and almost required for some lolita designs!). 'Cause a droopy bow just won't do, let's DO IT!

As a note, there are probably lots of ways to do these, but this is the method I used to make my Lolita Riku bow, seen here!

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1119475

Pictures are obviously not actual size XD I made a tiny one just for this tutorial X3
In case you're wondering, the fabric I used is simple cotton broadcloth ^.~

Materials:
2-3 yards of material (depending on how long you want the trail)
1/2 yd stiff interfacing
Matching thread

Step 1.
Measure! Look at where the bow is going to go and figure out how large you want your bow to be. Also, measure how far down you want the "tails" of the bow to go. Write this down.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow001.jpg

Step 2.
Cut out a rectangle of fabric using the measurements you just took. Make sure to leave a seam allowance! It's best if one side is a fold (one less side to sew!) but you can just cut out two seperate rectangles if you have to.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow003.jpg

Step 3.
Cut out one rectangle of fusible interfacing (stiff is good!!!) to fit your rectangle, keeping the seam allowance in mind.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow004.jpg

Step 4.
Follow the manufacterer's instructions to fuse your interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Usually this requires an iron with a steam setting and a damp presscloth
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow005.jpg

Step 5.
Sew the sides together, leaving one side open. I just used my serger.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow007.jpg

Step 6.
Flip the fabric rectangle right side out. Make sure all the corners are pushed out. (Use a sharp object if necessary)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow008.jpg

Step 7.
Finish fusing the interfacing.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow016.jpg

Step 8.
Turn the edges of the open end inward and iron down. (be careful not to burn your fingers!)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow017.jpg

Step 9.
Topstich the open edge closed. (Mine's a little messy but you get the idea XD) At this point you might want to iron again.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow019.jpg

Step 10.
Squeeze the edges of the bow together and you should get something like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow020.jpg

From this, figure out how wide the center of the bow needs to be. Cut out a folded rectangle of material (again keeping seam allowance in mind) and a strip of interfacing to match. IMPORTANT: Make the fabric rectangle longer than you think you need!!! We'll touch that subject momentarily.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow021.jpg

Step 11.
Sew the rectangle into a tube, leaving the ends open. Slide the interfacing into the tube and fuse.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow022.jpg

Step 12.
If you have a serger, simply serge the ends of the tube closed. If not, use an overlock stitch or similar.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow023.jpg

If you wrap it around your bow, you should get
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow025.jpg
Yay!

Step 13.
Bunch the bow into position and whip stitch it a few times to keep it in place. Then, sew the ends of the loop together around the bow. I just serged a straight seam. At this point, if you don't want a tail on the bow, skip to step 16.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow030.jpg

Step 14.
Tail time! Figure out how you want the tails to look. I cut out the two most popular styles here my Riku bow is the one on the right.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow026.jpg
Now, take your measurement of how long you want the tails to be and add an inch. Cut out two and sew them together in the middle. At this point, you want to finish the edges (I didn't on the mini model since I was getting impatient XD) and iron everything. I only used one layer of fabric, but if you want it stiffer, you can use two layers with interfacing in the middle or starch the heck out of it. I may try the latter soon...

Step 15.
Now thread the tails through the loop (see? That's why we left room ) and pull it through to the middle. And you're done!!!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow031.jpg
Here's the back of the full-size bow...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow033.jpg

Step 16.
You're done!!! Congrats! There are several ways to attach the bow so experiment and find out what works for your situation!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ial/Bow034.jpg

Hope this has helped some people out
Let me know if I need to clarify anything or if any links don't work!
Ja ne~

~Ari-chan
__________________
A world so hollow it's breaking my heart
phantomthief is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:07 PM   #2
dark_angeltears
ninja whore
 
dark_angeltears's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 71
OMG this was soooo helpful!!! Now I finally know how to do that bow for my upcoming project! ^^ And this wasn't confusing at all either, like lots of other tutorials I've read. Thank you so much!!

Oh, and that Sephiroth was hilarious. XD
__________________
Upcoming cosplays
Yuffie - 80%
Namine - 60%
dark_angeltears is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:18 PM   #3
wiltingflower
Nayru's Love
 
wiltingflower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 346
I made a 34 inch wide bow for my friend's maid Mikuru costume almost exactly like that, and it was completely flattened and limp after one day of con wear. I used some pretty thick craft interfacing too. Do you think starch would help it any, or should I go find the thickest sew-on interfacing I can find and make it again?
wiltingflower is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:27 PM   #4
london2191
Registered User
 
london2191's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,915
Aw, just for me Ari-chan? xDD
__________________
Dragon*Con '11- Sansa Stark, Little Sister, Belldandy, Rainbow Dash
london2191 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:29 PM   #5
phantomthief
It was fun, wasn't it?
 
phantomthief's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 4,858
Repeat starching does help, but continued wear will probably take it's toll eventually.
In addition, at one point or another, the bow simply becomes too large to support itself and needs a stronger support (boning, for example).

The one in my example is 21 inches across. My Dejiko bow is of the same measurements and has stayed perky for 2 years of use

My suggestion is to use tiny stitches to secure the top edges of the bow onto the costume itself in a few places. (Circled in green in the attachment)

London: But of course, m'lady ^.~

~Ari-chan
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Dress Stitches.jpg (37.2 KB, 0 views)
__________________
A world so hollow it's breaking my heart
phantomthief is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:43 PM   #6
london2191
Registered User
 
london2191's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,915
-feels special- =D Hahah, so what're your predictions for casa satin, m'dear?

Andddd, what's a whip stich and an overlocking stich? =^^= *is only worth wigs and props* And since Ari-chan is beastly, where does she purchase this beastly interfacing and what brand?
__________________
Dragon*Con '11- Sansa Stark, Little Sister, Belldandy, Rainbow Dash
london2191 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:47 PM   #7
phantomthief
It was fun, wasn't it?
 
phantomthief's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 4,858
Let's see... I can actually try that out tomorrow with some scraps I have I'll let you know the result ^_^

A whip stitch is just a quick stitch (or a few) while hand-sewing. It's mainly used to secure stuff.

Overlock stitch is generally a stitch on a sewing machine that keeps a fabric from fraying. Check your instruction manual for more details! XD A zigzag stitch also works just fine

Most any store that carries fabric should carry interfacing. Make sure you get the fusible kind ^_^ I believe I'm using Pellon brand.
(Avoid the craft-foam thick interfacing XD The bow won't form right)

~Ari-chan
__________________
A world so hollow it's breaking my heart
phantomthief is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:49 PM   #8
wiltingflower
Nayru's Love
 
wiltingflower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 346
Quote:
Originally Posted by phantomthief View Post
Repeat starching does help, but continued wear will probably take it's toll eventually.
In addition, at one point or another, the bow simply becomes too large to support itself and needs a stronger support (boning, for example).

The one in my example is 21 inches across. My Dejiko bow is of the same measurements and has stayed perky for 2 years of use

My suggestion is to use tiny stitches to secure the top edges of the bow onto the costume itself in a few places. (Circled in green in the attachment)

London: But of course, m'lady ^.~

~Ari-chan
I've thought about stitching it to the dress, but the bow itself attaches with snaps so we can transport them both seperately. The dress wouldn't fit in a garment bag otherwise. I'm probably going to have to remake it anyway, and I had an idea involving lots of floral wire, so we'll see how it goes. Thanks for your input! It's a fantastic tutorial.

And just for reference, here was the bow before it got pummeled by A-Kon.

Last edited by wiltingflower : 06-08-2007 at 11:53 PM.
wiltingflower is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:52 PM   #9
london2191
Registered User
 
london2191's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,915
What kind of snaps did you use? -is absorbing- xD

Ari-chan: Okies...that helped. =D Lemme know if it works.
__________________
Dragon*Con '11- Sansa Stark, Little Sister, Belldandy, Rainbow Dash
london2191 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:56 PM   #10
wiltingflower
Nayru's Love
 
wiltingflower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 346
Quote:
Originally Posted by london2191 View Post
What kind of snaps did you use? -is absorbing- xD

Ari-chan: Okies...that helped. =D Lemme know if it works.
Just the regular sized ones you find at Hobby Lobby/Joann's. We put four on the dress and the knot of the bow, one in each corner. It holds it on very well, but because of the weight of the bow, it sags a little bit. This is where the stitching would come it, but it might be a pain to stitch the bow in place every time she wanted to wear it. XD
wiltingflower is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-08-2007, 11:58 PM   #11
london2191
Registered User
 
london2191's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,915
Mmm, yeah and then again your bow is pretty big, nee? Is there a picture of it? *i hope mine isn't that big. >_<* I'll try that, thanks. =D

Hah, we have a party in here! -points to all users in thread-

Edit: Wiltingflower: HOLY SHIZZ. You're cosplaying Franz?!?!! -dies- I love you. And Claire?! -dies more- Hiro-chan! He is so cuttttte. =^^=
__________________
Dragon*Con '11- Sansa Stark, Little Sister, Belldandy, Rainbow Dash

Last edited by london2191 : 06-09-2007 at 12:01 AM.
london2191 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-09-2007, 12:00 AM   #12
wiltingflower
Nayru's Love
 
wiltingflower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 346
Quote:
Originally Posted by london2191 View Post
Mmm, yeah and then again your bow is pretty big, nee? Is there a picture of it? *i hope mine isn't that big. >_<* I'll try that, thanks. =D

Hah, we have a party in here! -points to all users in thread-
I edited my second post with a picture. Here it is again. ^^
wiltingflower is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-09-2007, 12:02 AM   #13
london2191
Registered User
 
london2191's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,915
Do you have a pic with it /on/ her? =O

*btw, I editted my post*
__________________
Dragon*Con '11- Sansa Stark, Little Sister, Belldandy, Rainbow Dash
london2191 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-09-2007, 12:04 AM   #14
wiltingflower
Nayru's Love
 
wiltingflower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 346
Quote:
Originally Posted by london2191 View Post
Do you have a pic with it /on/ her? =O

*btw, I editted my post*
I saw! Thank you very much! The more Heroes and Gankutsuou fans, the better! <3 <3

I don't have one from the back, but you can see here how big it is in relation to my Mikuru.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...7-05-19043.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...7-05-19042.jpg
wiltingflower is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-09-2007, 12:07 AM   #15
phantomthief
It was fun, wasn't it?
 
phantomthief's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 4,858
*whistles* That's definately huge :3

Hope round 2 works out well for you ^_______^

(OMIGOSH FRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANZ!!! *hearts everywhere*)

~Ari-chan
__________________
A world so hollow it's breaking my heart
phantomthief is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:16 PM.


Copyright 2002-2013 Cosplay.com, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
All comments and posts in our forums are the opinion of the respective poster.