Monday, September 12, 2011

Ribbon Leaves

Here are the beginnings of my ribbon leaves for the 1930 Leaf Evening Gown. I am creating the leaves from two different widths of ribbon. That of a 2" width for the shoulder strap leaves and 3" width for the back train.

I followed instructions for vintage boat leaves provided by Carole Sidlow at (which are also included with the pattern):

Link to ribbon leaf instruction

Step 1:

Step 2:

Larger leaf (for the train):

Smaller leaf (for the shoulder straps):

A pair of leaves for the shoulder strap:


Unknown said..., and how many of these do you have to make for the train?!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

I love boat leaves! They just scream 20s and 30s. The ribbon is beautiful, your finshed dress is going to be gorgeous!

EvaDress said...

Thank you for the compliments, ladies.

I've no idea yet how to quantify the number of leaves needed for the train. I am just at the beginning of experimenting and I will take dimensions, do the math and get back to you on that.

Rose-Marie said...

I'm having trouble deciphering step #2. Is the running stitch going along the edge of three sides (I know, I know, I could just try it and see how it comes out...).

They are lovely and look so pretty at the shoulder. Thanks for sharing!

EvaDress said...


Thank you for writing in. The running stitch does go along the edge of three sides. That way, you have one edge open by which to spread and make the leaf.
Make sure the three edges upon which you do the running stitch are all the folded edges of the ribbon. That is to say, the one un-stitched edge is the selvage of the ribbon.