In this post, we will concentrate on putting together the bodice of the Sew Chic Valentine slip. The pieces are small and can seem a little intimidating, but you will see that they go together very easily.
There are 5 pattern pieces that make up the bodice of the slip as you see in the picture below.
When sewn together, 1 side of the bodice will look like this.
Begin with the bodice center front and front trim. Remember that all seam allowances for this project are 3/8″. When sewing the pieces together, be sure to stop stitching 3/8″ from the edge. This will make attaching the center front bodice panel to the trim a breeze.
Match the front trim to the center front bodice panel. Sew to the seam intersection.
Now sew from the seam intersection to the top edge of the front bodice panel. Trim the seam allowance in half.
Press the seam allowance forward.
Sew the side bodice trim to the side bodice panel.
Trim seam allowance.
Now sew the center front panel to the side front panel.
Trim seam allowance.
To finish the seam, I like to use a zigzag stitch. simply run the foot along the edge and sew.
The seam will have a lovely finish that will also be comfortable against the body.
Sew the left and right bodice panels together at center front.
Be sure to stop stitching 3/8″ from the top edge of the seam.
When choosing the ribbon for the shoulder straps, I like to use a double faced satin trim, so the ribbon will be finished on both sides. Cut 1 piece of ribbon 3″ long and the other approximately 26″ long. You will need 2 of each. You will also need a ring and a slider for each strap.
Slip the 3″ ribbon through the ring and baste the ends together.
In order to find the exact position of my ribbon on the slip, I like to begin by folding over the seam allowance on the top edge of the trim.
I then place my ribbon loop against the center front seam, making sure that the loop is perfectly vertical.
Flip the ribbon loop over and baste in place. As you see in the picture below, the edge of the ribbon will not match to the edge of the trim.
To make the straps adjustable, slide the longer ribbon into the slider.
Turn under the raw edge and stitch in place.
Slide the other end of the ribbon through the ring.
Hold the slider in one hand,
and thread the ribbon through one side of the slider,
and then the other.
The straps are now in place and will be adjustable.
The next step will be to sew the trim facing together. Be sure to trim all seams and press the seams open.
Be sure to stop sewing 3/8″ away from the top edge of the center front seam.
Now match the facing to the bodice and sew in place. Once the seam has been sewn, trim, turn and press.
In our next post, we will put the body of the slip together and add the decorative trim. Now that you have conquered the bodice, the rest of the slip will be an absolute breeze. In our next post, I will also show you how to beautifully finish off the back of the slip and encase the straps.
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Hi, I’m Amanda, and I’m joining the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery team as the new senior editor. What a dynamic history both magazines have….I’m excited to be a part the awesome team that makes it all happen each month.
So, how did I end up here? On the personal side, I’m surrounded by a family of crafty ladies: quilters, expert knitters, and, of course, sewers. My mom sewed many of my clothes (and her own) as I grew up. I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table with her while she struggled with a particularly prickly pocket pattern. I don’t remember when I sewed from a pattern by myself for the first time, but it was probably around 10th grade. I enjoyed the creative challenge of the instructions…and then, of course, wearing my handmade creations proudly.
Several prom dresses, graduation dresses, and maternity tops later, I now enjoy sewing garments for my two-year-old daughter, in addition to about a half dozen quilts and lots of crocheted hats that she won’t wear: maybe next year!! It’s lovely to see my daughter begin her own creative pursuits, which at this point largely consists of sorting buttons and beads (for her “projects”), unraveling ribbon and yarn, and drawing on my sewing machine with permanent marker (quick tip: tea tree oil worked wonders here!).
On the professional end of the spectrum, I majored in English at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, but I hadn’t yet thought to combine my creative passions with my professional ones. After a few inspiring internships and obtaining a graduate degree in Professional Writing and Editing from the University of Cincinnati, I worked for Lark Crafts as a craft book editor, then needle-arts team leader for several years in Asheville, NC.
I also started creating again at a feverish pace: I fell in love with fusible webbing, made a metric ton of mini quilts, joined a few online quilting bees and the Modern Quilt Guild, and then, with the birth of my daughter, fell back in love with making garments.
Other things about me? I love being outside: I’m no adrenaline junky but I like a nice walk in the woods or a long sit by a mountain stream. I love music, especially to sew to. I love dogs: Violet (my brindle shadow) is my constant companion, whether I’m at the computer or at the sewing machine.
Speaking of which, I have two sewing machines: a Babylock Elizabeth and an older straight stitch Juki that I bought last summer and have since fallen completely in love with. I’m sad to say goodbye to Asheville, NC, but very excited to be making the move to Colorado later this summer with my little family.
Did you know that today is the National Organize Your Home Office Day?! I know, spring cleaning already? I am still trying to adjust to the new time change. But wouldn’t you agree that once your home is clean, you are a happier person? I feel so much better once everything is in its place.
However, I feel amazing when everything has a new, fresh look. I am going to tailor this “holiday” to just my creative space. I tend to neglect my sewing area and just let the thread pile up on the floor. I am sure I am not alone in this.
Is there anything that makes you happier than a new workstation?? It is by far my favorite! My husband was kind enough to add peg board to a wall in my studio, along with some thick cork board. Now I have the most organized tools and a new area for my inspirations.
Next step, a new table! If you want to build a DIY wood sewing table that is quick and easy, please check out Terry Hire’s sewing table plans, supply list and plywood cutting layout. (available at shopsewitall.com) The 6′-4 1/4″ x 4′ x 30″-high worktable, which may be adjusted to fit your own workspace, includes a sewing machine well, hide-away ironing board and storage shelves.
Now, lets clean up that floor! I have the terrible habit of tossing my scraps, thread cuttings, really anything I can, onto the the floor. I always think to myself, I will clean it up later. Well, it has gotten out of hand and it’s time t stop. Available at shopsewitall.com is a scrap caddy that will attach to the bottom of your quilters table. This caddy gives you a place to store scraps, keep your scissors within reach, or you can simply use it as a mini trash bin (like I will). The caddy is 10″ deep with additional side pockets. Yes!! Just what I need!
Oh my gahh!! I cannot wait to get started and customize my workspace! A practical workspace allows you to be more efficient. It will be interesting to see how much I can get done this year. Wish me luck!
Happy “Organize Your Home Office Day” to you!! Share your tips or goals to keeping your workspace neat and tidy. I look forward to hearing from you all!
I am addicted to sewing pants. Not that I sew them well, but it is one of those sewing challenges I’m determined to meet head on and I’ve now become a bit crazed by trying to get great fitting pants. Let’s all say it: (Feel free to insert whatever pant woe befalls you) – No More Pants With Flat Butts! I usually do things the hard way. Whatever it is I find the most difficult path and that’s they way I go. Same with making pants. For a long time I made pants by myself. No videos, or classes or a helpful teacher, just me in my sewing room twisting around in the mirror trying to ‘read my wrinkles’ for goodness sake. I would pour through books and make an attempt here, then another then another and so on. And by the Grace of the Holy Sewing Ghost I finally did get a relatively decent fitting pair of pants.
Learn from me ladies and gentlemen. Take the easy way into great fitting pants. Learn from the pros. This will save you countless hours of doing it yourself. I have watched hours of Rae Cumbie videos in her pant making classes here at work. I need to proof each video before you all get to view it. I’m so lucky! I found her video classes to be extremely helpful.
You can also find a handy 3 part reference guide to making pants. This series was presented in Sew News in 2014 and 2015. The 3 part series will show you key tips and tricks to making flattering pants, including altering for your body shape, comfortable waistbands, pockets and more. All written and tested by Rae Cumbie.
You may know Rae Cumbie from her outstanding pants patterns the Fit For Art patterns, or her numerous speaking engagements with sewing guilds like American Sewing Guild and other groups around the country. She also is a frequent contributor to Sew Newsmagazine and has a lot to say on great pant fitting. Do yourself a favor; check her out.
Thanks for listening and good luck sewing pants that FIT!
The 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.
On the guide sheet, you will find a Bust Adjustment Template.
To adjust from a ‘B’ cup to a larger or smaller size, instructions have been given for the exact measurements to use.
Keep in mind that the bodice front will also need to be adjusted.
Use the template to adjust the side front bodice. Draw in the new curve for the bust.
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.You will need to readjust the line that was drawn in for the bust.
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.
Simply match the grainline to the line on the paper and your will pieces will match up correctly.
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.
Cut the trim panel and spread just as you did the front bodice.Now 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.
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 slip that was shown the the Sew News magazine is made out of a lightweight knit fabric and embellished with lace and pearls.
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!!
Have you seen the brand new look of Sew News? The redesigned issue will be hitting your mailbox and the newsstands soon. This year, we’re celebrating 35 years of bringing you the best sewing instruction and projects, and revamping the look for a fresh perspective.
This cover has an open, airy feeling–with very few props to really emphasize the cute skirt project. These changes will also be reflected throughout the magazine–open layouts, easy-to-read type, projects that are more modern and sophisticated (but still timeless and casual when appropriate), and much more.
In addition to the visual changes, we’ll be including some feature articles that go back to our roots–bringing the NEWS back to Sew News. Look out for artist profiles, creative spaces of some of our favorite sewing celebs and contributors, PLUS all the happenings of the sewing world. But don’t worry–we’ll still bring you the great technique articles that you’ve come to expect from us.
Find more ways to expand your sewing knowledge at sewnews.com, where you get exclusive content not seen anywhere else, along with special blog posts and our famous Sew-Alongs (the Valentine Slip Sew-Along starts on March 2!).
For more information on many of the features in the magazine, check out shopsewitall.com, where you can find products, kits, books, videos and other supplementary materials. There are more ways than ever before to find the information you’re looking for, and we’ll steer you in the right direction to further your creativity. Everything at Shop Sew it All is chosen with you in mind, with input from the editors and contributors to provide you with a one-stop-shop for all things sewing!
What do you think of the new cover? Let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
As most of you know, the upcoming season of Sew it All TV (season 9), airing on PBS stations nationwide at the end of March, will be our last!See this note from Ellen for more information.
We know you’re going to love this season, and to get you excited for it, we’re giving away a copy of Season 9 guest Denise Wild’s book, Mend & Make Fabulous.
This book teaches you how to take classic mending techniques one step further to add personality and style to your clothes. Even if you aren’t chosen as the lucky winner, you can get the book HERE.
Check out Denise’s episode, Best Dressed, and learn tips and tricks to simplify sewing a beautiful sheath dress. Plus, you get the pattern free!
Enter to win Denise’s book by answering this question in the comments section below: What did you like about Sew it All TV?
I know, I know, it’s kind of a vain question, but we loved the show so much and we like talking about it with you. Give us your feedback, and we’ll be better able to bring you the techniques and projects you want to see in Sew Newsin the future.
Hello sewing friends! You might be interested to know that Sew it All TV season 9 begins airing on PBS stations nationwide at the end of March!
This is a very special season because…well, I’ll let Ellen tell you:
I’m so excited to share Sew it All series 900 with you. I really think it’s our best season yet. The mix of projects and guests really makes the season one to watch!
I always enjoy thinking back to the week we taped the series (Yes, that’s right: We tape the entire 13-episode series in one week!). I had 3-month-old twins at the time and had to stop taping every two hours or so to feed them. My wardrobe was so problematic for this reason, as nothing was easily removable. So I practically had to dress/undress nine times throughout the day! Other than that, the guests were amazingly accommodating, and the crew was a delight as always.
Sew it All began as a little dream I had of presenting sewing as easy and accessible to the masses—“instant gratification sewing,” as I like to call it. I used to hear “People really sew?” all the time. Now it’s not a question anyone asks me. I’d like to think the talent, editors and crew behind Sew it All had a small hand in that change of thought.
It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you that we’re no longer producing Sew it All—the TV show and the magazine. I will miss it immensely. From the guests I met along the way and the viewers I made into friends, to the projects we made and the bloopers we taped, all of it holds a special place in my heart. I managed to have three babies in the five years since Sew it All first aired, though I feel like the show was also one of my babies.
Though I’m saddened by the end of Sew it All, it’s also the beginning of greater initiatives for the sewing division of Interweave/F+W. The show’s departure affords us more opportunity to do bigger and better things, such as new and exciting video initiatives, kit programs, pattern collections and more.
In the coming months, you’ll see a lot more from us, as we bring you online education offerings in the form of webinars and courses; entertaining and educational videos on Craft Daily, Sew Daily and Shop Sew it All; and special exclusive products you can’t find anywhere else. We hope to be your go-to source for everything sewing! We’ll continue to keep you updated on our Sew it All Facebook page, and if you’d like to make sure you don’t miss a beat, sign up for our monthly Sew News eNewsletter.
Thank you so much for supporting sewing on television. We couldn’t have come this far without you!
So don’t miss a second of the farewell season! Of course, all PBS stations are different, so the schedule may vary. Visit pbs.org to find your local station schedule and watch or record the episodes for great technique instruction and cute inspirational projects!