Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

This week we will begin preparing our slip pattern from the Sew Chic Valentine Slip pattern.

photo 1 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust AdjustmentsThe first thing to keep in mind as you prepare your pattern, is the length of the slip. The pattern is designed to hit the body about mid-calf, so it is rather long. Think about how you will be wearing your slip and the style of clothing that you will wear it under. Is the skirt or dress a longer length, or do you typically wear a shorter style garment? If you would like, cut the slip the length that is provided in the pattern and then prior to adding the flounce, you can customize the length. At that point, you may also decide to not include the flounce. So there are many ways you can customize the length of your slip and you can make your decision as your slip comes together.

The Valentine Slip was designed for a ‘B’ cup bra size. If you are not a ‘B’ cup, the pattern may be altered very easily. A guide sheet for altering the bust has been provided in the pattern along with very detailed instructions.

photo 21 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust AdjustmentsOn the guide sheet, you will find a Bust Adjustment Template.photo 31 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

To adjust from a ‘B’ cup to a larger or smaller size, instructions have been given for the exact measurements to use.photo 41 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Keep in mind that the bodice front will also need to be adjusted.photo 51 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Use the template to adjust the side front bodice. Draw in the new curve for the bust.photo 61 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Cut on the spread line. Take note that the side front bodice does not change at the side seam. Spread the side front bodice the amount that has been given for your particular cup size.photo 71 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust AdjustmentsYou will need to readjust the line that was drawn in for the bust.photo 8 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

To adjust the bodice front piece, simply slash on the line provided and spread the same amount that was spread for the side bodice. To make sure that my pieces line up correctly, I like to draw a line on my paper prior to taping the pattern piece to the paper.photo 9 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Simply match the grainline to the line on the paper and your will pieces will match up correctly.photo 10 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

One more adjustment will need to be made to the pattern. Now that we have spread the center bodice panel, we will also need to spread the Bodice Center Front Trim panel. If you do not, the 2 pieces will not match.photo 11 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Cut the trim panel and spread just as you did the front bodice.photo 12 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust AdjustmentsNow that these adjustments have been made, you are ready to cut out your slip.

In our next post, we will be putting together the bodice, attaching the straps and sewing the body of the slip together.

Part 1 Valentine Slip Sew Along: Fabric Choices

Part 3 Valentine Slip Sew Along: Constructing the Bodice and Lace Application

Part 4 Valentine Slip Sew Along: Finishing Touches

Watch Part 2 video for extra help in making your Sew Chic Valentine Slip! Be sure to join our Flickr Group and find other sewists who are making the slip too!

 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

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3 Responses to Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

  1. Ginger says:

    Hi Jill,

    This post does not have a ” Sew Chic Sew Along” tag, so it doesn’t come up with the other posts. Just thought you might like to add the tag. And yes, I’m way behind in the sew along. :-)

    Thanks!

  2. Rhonda Buss says:

    Hi Michelle, I take it that you are larger than the DD. I would use the measurement between the D and DD and then increase again from the DD line for your bust measurement.

  3. Michelle N says:

    What do I do if I’m still outside the bust adjustment sizing? Thank you.