Thursday, 3 April 2014

A Simple Slip

Stash busting 2014:  Slip

Fabric:   2 metres

Pattern:  Simplicity 8666 modified according to Mama R's own slip.

Mama R has been after me to make her a slip for longer than I care to recall. I have to admit that the procrastination involved in this project was firmly based on fear. I was sewing with a lightweight man-made knit, let's call it a mystery fabric, that I picked up at Fabricland earlier this year. It is a sheer, light-weight and slippery fabric which took me outside of my comfort zone.  

My biggest fear was that my sewing machine would eat up the fabric as I tried to sew with a knit stitch. I avoided this scenario by sewing the side seams with the serger. To finish off the neckline and underarm seams I serged the edges and then used a twin needle and knit stitch to secure the folded edge in place. To my relief, it worked.  

The straps were hand stitched into place and made from ribbon that Mama R found in her stash. It worked out perfectly. The hem was finished the same method as the neckline seam.

The pattern was a second hand store find and I thought by the way it was folded that it was an uncut and factory-folded pattern. I was wrong. It was a previously loved pattern and the slip had been cut in the small size around the bust to a larger size at the hips. I worked with one of Mama R's own slips to re-trace the correct measurements using the pattern piece as a guide for the shape. It was an easy fix as the front and back pieces are cut as the same.  

It was a super easy make and best part was how happy Mama R is with her new simple slip. She has already put in a request for a second one.   

Happy Sewing!


  1. Love it! It is so difficult to find a simple slip anymore. Then, if you do, the price is outrageous and the quality just isn't there. I'd rather make one myself. The serger makes it easy.

  2. I agree with Annette! It's hard to find a simple slip pattern anymore, and this turned out beautifully :)

  3. Love it! I'm about to start the same project, from a different pattern. Is this cut on the bias?

  4. And I can't wait to check out all your favorite blogs!


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