We regularly get asked “How do I tie the back of my dress?” so we thought we would show you a step by step guide. Below is a tying guide specifically for our ‘one loop’ style designs. You’ll never tie your Dollcake dress wrong again (SCORE!). P.S. Check out the end of the post – your feedback helps us get better every year and allows us to create the designs YOU want!
Let us know if you have any questions in the comments!
STEP ONE: Firstly, you need to ensure the dress, more specifically the bodice is sitting appropriately. You don’t want the top of the bodice to be sitting too high or too low. If you’re not sure exactly where it should be sitting, a great way to always recognise this is by looking at where the side of the dress is located. It should always be sitting just under the arm. There shouldn’t be a big gap, if there is, this means the dress is too low and we would recommend pulling the front of the dress up. This is a great starting point to ensure the dress does not move around and lower as the child wears it throughout the day/night.
STEP TWO: Now that you have the dress correctly positioned, be sure to hang the two straps over the shoulders. Be sure to check these are not twisted and sitting flat against the skin.
STEP THREE: Take the right strap and thread this through the loop. When you are threading it, be sure you are going from the top. Make sure you thread just enough through so it sits firmly and there is not looseness within the strap on the shoulder. If there is, this means the dress will get pulled down at the front bodice and ultimately become too low over time. We usually recommend pulling the strap right up until the end of the frill (if applicable).
STEP FOUR: Now it’s time to thread the opposite strap. This is the important part! Rather than threading this one just like the previous, we will be threading it from the bottom of the loop. So they will be going in the opposite directions.
STEP FIVE: Here you can see what your straps should be looking like. If you take a close look, you can see the left strap is now sitting over the loop. This is a great tip to prevent your ties from slipping under and through the loop. Because one of the straps is placed on top, it will not be possible for it to slip through. This important step further prevents the front of the bodice from becoming too low.
STEP SIX: Now all you have to do is simply tie a bow. Here you can see the the bow is sitting firmly throughout the loop. In the earlier steps, if we threaded both straps downwards, our final bow would not appear like this and could potentially slip through the loop. But by tying the bow exactly like our guide, you wont have to worry about any movement in the bodice.
STEP SEVEN: Vuala! You have the perfect bow and most importantly a stable and correctly positioned bodice. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!
STEP EIGHT: Just one final check before we’re done! Here’s your final side profile of the dress. Perfectly sitting under the arm and in a position in which the dress/bodice will not move.
Below is a complete look at the dress. Let us know in the comments if we should bring this purple beauty into production. What changes would you like to see? Should we do a different colour or are you just in love with this shade of purple as we are? Perhaps we should add a sash rather than a flower pin?
Either way, we hope this guide was helpful and you are now an expert at tying her Dollcake dresses! Don’t let anyone tell you other wise, or they’ll have us to deal with!
P.S. We really tried to do this step by step in a video form, but we just could not get it together and film one clip without laughing. Enjoy our bloopers for your entertainment (and for real this was as good as it got haha!).