Recently, I came across the Sailor Moon costume instructions in Cosmode and decided to try out Cosmode’s bow method. This bow (chest bow) is nice and hardy, since the main part is 4 layers thick.
I had trouble deciphering the instructions, since I can read only a little Japanese, so I thought I’d post my step-by-step interpretation. Note that I couldn’t read most of the Japanese, so I’m going off of the pictures.
Some things I’m unsure about:
- If you’re supposed to cut extra fabric for the seam allowance or if seam allowance is included in the measurements given. My seams are 5/8” and I assumed the latter, but I could be wrong (since my bow’s tails are shorter than I expected, I probably am).
- How to sew “part c” (this is the smallest piece used to secure the bow). I used fusible tape instead. It’s faster and probably more durable than hand stitches anyway.
- The usual - thread, scissors, pins, hand needle
- ~1 yard of fabric - This bow takes less than 1 yard (in fact, you might be able to make both the chest and hip bows with 1 yard), but I was glad to have a full yard on hand, because I made some mistakes. The fabric I’m using is kona cotton. The color is called “tomato.”
- Iron (optional). This is optional, but ironing the fabric as you go is *highly recommended*.
- Fusible tape (optional). This makes a few steps easier. You’ll need an iron if you’re going to use this.
1. Okay, the first thing you do is cut your fabric, obviously! There are three pieces in total. Reference the magazine for measurements (just Google “sailor moon cosmode”). Here, I’m making the chest bow (胸リボン).
It’s a good idea to iron each piece, so it’s easier to work with.
2. Fold the largest piece (“part A” according to the instructions) in half. Pin the raw edges and sew.
Obviously, you probably should use red thread. I used white because I was just practicing, and also because most of the seams are hidden when the bow is done.
3. Fold the fabric so that the seam you just created is in the middle, then press and iron.
4. Turn the piece right side out, then iron again.
5. Fold the piece so that the raw edges are overlapping each other in the middle.
Pin and sew through all layers.
6. Now we’re moving on to “part B,” the bow tails. Fold part B in half and sew the raw edges of the fold (but do not sew the sides yet). However, do not sew all the way across! You’ll want to leave about two inches in the middle unsewn.
7. Fold the fabric so that the seam you just created is in the middle, then press and iron. Then sew each side.
8. Turn the piece right side out — using the hole you left earlier — and iron again.
9. Stitch the hole in part B closed. It doesn’t have to be clean, because it won’t be seen.
10. Shape your bow! Part A should have three folds, and one fold of part B should be visible below part A. The rest of part b should be folded along the folds in the back of part A. Sorry I don’t have a picture…maybe next time. Stick pins through the middle until your bow can be secured.
11. Hide the raw edges of part C. You can sew it, although it’s not clear to me how in the instructions. I just folded the raw edges over each other and secured with fusible tape.
12. Secure your bow! Take out the pins and wrap part C around the middle of the bow. To secure the back you can either sew it shut or use something like fusible tape.