Sunday, August 02, 2009
Giving It The Slip
Slips are considered old fashioned by some, but all the same, there are times when I do not want transparency under my skirts (and not all my skirts are lined).
It's hard to find slips for sale in stores. (Being they're old fashioned and all.) The solution for me? This will shock you...I make them.
Here's how. Using PowerDry and some lace, along with some simple elastic, I cut a length of 43" by 16 1/2 " PowerDry. No need to cut two halves and sew them together at the side seams - I took a cue from the RTW slips I have and simply made them from one full length of fabric.
I cut the chosen length using the following rough formula. Since my hips measure 39 inches around, and I wanted 3 to 4 inches wearing ease (because PowerDry is not a very stretchy knit), and my seam allowance totalled 1/2 inch, that gave me about 3 1/2 inchesof wearing ease around the hip on the finished garment. Plenty, for this PowerDry garment, which I wanted very loose fitting. I wanted the finished length of my slip to be approximately 21 inches; my lace trim totalled 6 1/2 inches in length, and about 1/2 inch was taken up in length by the elastic waistband application. (I cut the elastic for the waistband about 4 inches smaller than my waist).
I applied the lace hem using a zigzag stitch. After sewing on the lace, I trimmed closely with applique scissors near the stitching. Then I sewed the side seam (again, one seam only was needed). Then I sewed my elastic in a circle then applied my elastic to the slip body, stretching the elastic to fit the slip fabric. I used my coverstitch machine to finish off the waistband elastic.
The colors are fun, and the PowerDry will make this a comfortable all-season garment.