Thanks everyone for joining the Sew New Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along. It’s been great as usual working with Rhonda Buss of Rhonda’s Creative Life and I hope you have a wonderful slip at the end of the sew along. Here’s Rhonda with the final installment of the sew along. If you have questions be sure to post here or on Flickr.
Now that we have the bodice of the Sew Chic Valentine slip together, our next step will be to attach the bodice to the front of the slip. Attaching the bodice is a little tricky as there is an angle to the seam. Don’t be intimidated, just take your time. The bodice will need to be clipped at the bust seam in order to turn the corner of the angle. I like to sew from the side seam to the bust seam, do a few back stitches. clip my threads and then clip the seam. At that point, I sew from the bust seam to the next bust seam. I then do a few back stitches, clip my threads, clip the seam and then sew from the bust seam to the opposite side seam. Just take your time as you sew this seam and you will have a lovely angled seam.
The next step will be to sew the center back seam together. Now sew the back of the slip to the front. Be sure to leave the 3/8″ seam allowance at the top of the side seams. We will finish this once we have secured the straps.
On the pattern you will find notches for the strap placement. Pin the straps at the notches, but I recommend that you try the slip on and reposition the straps according to your body. Your shoulders may be a little wider or a little narrower, so reposition them so that they are comfortable to you.
This is also a good time to make any fitting changes that might need to be made. I am rather small across the back, so I have pinned in the center back seam to better fit my body.
Once you have determined the placement of the straps, trim the straps down and then baste them to the slip.
To finish the back of my slip, I cut a strip of fabric 2″ wide and the width of the back of the slip. We are basically creating a facing for the back of the slip. Once the strip has has been sewn, flip it over and then hand stitch the sides to the side seam of the slip.
Turn under the raw edge of the strip and stitch to the back of the slip.
The back of the slip is nicely finished and the straps will be secure. This is not included in the instructions for the Valentine Slip, I just think it is a prettier way to finish the back. So you are welcome to follow the instructions in the booklet or try my method.
Our final step will be to attach the flounce. The flounce gives us a perfect opportunity to customize our slips with trim. For this slip I chose a pretty swirled rose trim.
For the pink slip, I chose a traditional lace trim.
And for the lace slip, I chose a pretty trim that coordinated with the pattern in the lace.
All 3 choices were hand stitched to the flounce. Once the trim has been attached, sew the flounce to the slip.
The slip is now together, but there is still an opportunity to add a little something extra. For the red slip, I found these lovely little ribbon roses at my local fabric store. They make for a sweet little touch.
The lace was stitched around the top of the pink slip and purls were added for an extra touch of elegance.
I used a beautiful silk ribbon to accent the lines of the lace slip.
The slip is finished and ready to be worn!
The Sew Chic Valentine Slip will make a lovely negligee. What a beautiful gift that would make for a bride. You can also shorten the pattern and make the slip into a camisole. A great gift for yourself as well as friends. So the pattern offers lots of possibilities.
I hope you have enjoyed the sew along and even more, your new slip. If you are like me, there will be more than 1 new slip in your lingerie wardrobe. Be sure and post your pictures to the Flickr page as I would love to see your finished creations.
Watch video part 4 of the Sew Chic sew along for more helpful tips and techniques. Plus, post your final creation on our Flickr Group.