Hello there! I hope you didn't think the bows question was "should I put bows all over this dress?" The answer to that question is invariably yes, in my opinion.
Rather, the question is where to put the bows.
Option one is my usual go-to bow placement a la Emery etc etc (see here, here), at center front waist:
Option two is on the shoulders:
I should mention that the reason I'm having bow placement difficulty is because I was originally intending to make this a faux-sarong tiki-style skirt (so naturally the bow would go at the waist, off to the side with the gathers) but I don't have a pattern for it and I can NOT for the life of me figure out how to drape it (I should mention I have no draping skills whatsoever). So my second question is: full or slim skirt? I almost always pick full. I do think that this fabric would be better suited to a wiggle skirt but I feel eh about wiggle skirts in general. Should I splash out and get a tulip skirt pattern to graft onto this thing? Help!
UPDATE: I have purchased a tiki-style wrap skirt pattern (thank you, Sarah!) and also I have figured out how to drape this skirt so it looks sort of tiki-ish as well! Thank you all for all your words of encouragement, you've bullied me into being a better sewer.
ps: if you have a 50s/60s tiki dress pattern, bust 32, I will probably pay you for it.