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Back Bow Shirt

Summer is here and I suddenly have found I have time to enjoy being outside again, which means tank tops and summer clothes! I was browsing around Pintrest out of boredom and came across this blog Let’s Rock It. I have been wanting a shirt like this for a while and was excited when I saw it, but unfortunately my web browser would not translate the whole page, so I pretty much figured it out from pictures and small sentences provided.  This is what I came up with. (Please ignore my many freckles, I’m a little embarrassed)

What you will need:  

  • T-shirt or dress (I used an old t-shirt)
  • Sewing shears
  • Sewing needle & thread matching fabric
  • Pen



Turn shirt inside out and lay on a flat surface.  Mark where  to cut to be so it comes out straight, a few inches down and about half the shirt wide depending on how big of a bow is desired.

Cut flap in shirt.  Also, cut a small strip of fabric to use as a tie for later.

Starting at bottom center of flap (where the bow would start) loosely hand stitch to top of flap, leaving spaces between stitches.

Pull thread tight, this should create a bow look when fabric bunches.  Wrap thread around flap in center of bow once, and push needle straight through from top to bottom of bow.

Cut a strip of fabric long enough to wrap around bow from fabric cut off of shirt earlier.

Hand stitch fabric strip to secure in place.  (I’m messy with stitching sorry!)

Turn shirt right side out and admire your work!

15 thoughts on “Back Bow Shirt

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  2. I have a lot of freckles on my back and for many years avoided wearing the tops I wanted to wear so that they wouldn’t show. Last summer, I decided “who cares” and for the first time started wearing what I wanted to wear regardless of how my back was exposed. But here’s the funny part – people would come up from behind me and say things like “you’re freckles are so cute” or “I love your beauty marks”. I didn’t have one negative comment and I decided to ignore the voices in own head and just enjoy the beautiful summer weather wearing a halter top when I wanted to.

      • I completely understand. In that case – long hair is your best friend. I used that trick for years. I just got tired of leaving my hair down when it was hot out. You could also try refashioning tops that are too bare in the back by adding a very sheer or lace inset.

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