A wide ribbon sash, drawn into stitched bows with fine ribbon tendrils, is a great way to add a special design element to a simple yoke dress. Connie Palmer used this element on the sweet special occasion dress pictured here. Made using our “Pascale” Sew Beautiful Collection Pattern in an ice blue velvet, the dress is trimmed with cream silk charmeuse piping and bias binding, and Connie also added a monogram for additional embellishment. Follow Connie’s tutorial below to learn how to create the beautiful ribbon sash.
What you’ll need:
- Trims (for sash only)
- 2 yards of 1-inch-wide silk satin ribbon
- 2-3/4 yards of 2-inch-wide silk satin ribbon
- 1-1/8 yard of 1/8-inch-wide silk satin ribbon
- Straight pins
- Fabric glue
How to make it:
1. Fold widest ribbon in half to find center; mark with a straight pin. Mark a line using “F” measurement (F = Fold Marking) on each side of center pin (fig. 1). Fold wrong sides together on marked line and measure from fold to distance given for “S” measurement (S = Switching Distance from Fold). Refer to chart below.
• For 1-inch ribbon: Place dots 1/4 inch from top and bottom edge of ribbon at pin.
• For 2-inch ribbon: Place dots 1/2 inch from top and bottom edge of ribbon at pin.
2. Straight stitch between dots, backstitching at beginning and end of seam (fig. 2).
3. Open ribbon. Create a bow by matching drawn line with ditch of previous seam (fig. 3). Fold pleats into loop of ribbon at drawn line. Stitch in center to hold pleated ribbon in place (fig. 4).
4. Cut three sash loops from 1/8-inch ribbon 1/4 inch longer than width of sash ribbon. Make sure cut ends are straight. Set aside.
5. Cut remaining 1/8-inch ribbon in half. Wrap one piece around center of bow to hide stitch. Tie 1/8-inch ribbon into a bow (fig. 5). Repeat for other bow. NOTE: Before 1/8-inch ribbon is tied into a bow, it can be tacked to stitching line of previous bow.
1. Place cut end of ribbon against piping centered on side seam of bodice. Stitch 1/4 inch from ribbon end (fig. 6).
2. Fold ribbon down toward skirt and stitch again against piping (fig. 7). Fold other end of ribbon 1/4 inch and 1/4 inch again (fig. 7). Glue in place.
3. Place ribbon against side seam of bodice and topstitch upper edge of loop 1/8 inch from fold (fig. 8). Repeat for sash loop on other side.
Connie Palmer began sewing more than 25 years ago and is a highly sought-after teacher internationally. She has taught for numerous Martha Pullen events, including the Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing live and online events, and has appeared often on Martha’s Sewing Room, America Sews with Sue Hausmann and Quilting with Shar. She was a regular contributor to Sew Beautiful and her garment designs have appeared on the covers of five Martha Pullen books.
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