Many think that slips have gone the way of the dinosaur, but if you enjoy wearing skirts and dresses, a slip is a must, especially if the garment is not lined. A slip will give you the the added layer you need if the garment is not lined and it will also keep the garment from clinging, and allow the garment to hang better. Once you begin wearing a slip, you’ll wonder why you have not done so in the past.
A lovely slip can be rather expensive, so a wonderful alternative it to make your own. Laura Nash of Sew Chic Patterns has designed a slip that is easy to make and beautiful, a winning combination. The Valentine Slip pattern offers 2 options. For this sew along, we will be making view B.
As you think about your fabric choice, keep in mind that this pattern was designed for a stretch fabric. Tricot is a wonderful choice as it has a slippery hand which will result in a garment that is all a slip should be. A stretch lace is also a wonderful choice. Just keep in mind that lace may not give you the privacy that you you would like a slip to offer, so you may want to line the slip with tricot. Knits will also work beautifully. Just keep in mind that the fabric should not have too much stretch in the lengthwise grain as it might allow the fabric to stretch too much as the slip is worn and cause the slip to grow.
The Valentine slip offers lots of design possibilities. In the picture below you see a slip that was made by Laura Nash. The polka dot fabric adds a fun touch to the slip. Keep in mind that the bottom flounce may be made out of a woven fabric, so a sheer organza would be a lovely accent.
The lower flounce was not beaded as I was concerned that the beads might be a little too heavy along the bottom
As I said earlier, a stretch lace will make a lovely choice for your slip. I lined the slip below with a white tricot to make the lace pop and accented the slip with a black tricot.
To further enhance the slip, I chose this beautiful piece of vintage ribbon to trim the slip.
The ribbon was added to the seam of the flounce, but a lace trim was chosen to embellish the lower edge of the flounce.
As you gather your materials for your slip, be sure to think about trims that will take your slip from being plain to luxurious.
For the sew along, I will be working on the a piece of red knit. Dritz sells a package of lingerie strap slides and rings that you can purchase at your local fabric store. A 1/4″ wide satin ribbon will work beautifully for your straps.
A slip is a garment that allows you so many possibilities, so have fun as you gather your fabrics and notions!!
If you have not purchased your pattern, you can find it in the Sew News store. And, If you would like more help on sewing with lingerie fabrics, check out the Sew News Sewing with Lingerie fabrics e-Book now available as a download at shopsewitall.com
Here is a short video from Rhonda for more helpful tips on sewing the beautiful Sew Chic Slip.