Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bias Slip - I Love Old Lace!

I'm very proud of my latest garment!

When I was in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year I bought this soft, drapey cream fabric to make a bias cut slip.

Forever ago I saw the stunning Vera Venus slip and was like I must make that! She generously provides the pattern completely for free which you can download here. I love this pattern! It comes together easily, the fit is great, the instructions are easy to follow, it's also available in copy shop size for printing (so you don't have to stick together a million A4 sheets. I think I've said earlier but I didn't realise until this year how much cheaper copy shop printing is than I expected. For years I was looking at the wrong option when I should have been looking for blueprint or architectural printing).

I learnt a lot making this. I think it was my first time applying lace in this way. It really opens my mind to possibilities with all the vintage lace I have.  Thanks Nana for the lace!

I pinned, basted, then used a small zigzag along the line of the shape I wanted, then trimmed the excess lace and the fabric from behind.

It is super clingy. It is meant to be like this but I'm not really used to having something that hugs quite this much. I'm sure I will get used to it after a few wears though. I can just wriggle into it but it cannot fit over the shoulders on my dress form. Sorry no photos of me wearing it, it is a bit too sheer.

I can't wait to make many more of these! At the moment I am working on one in red silk which I'm sewing completely by hand because I don't have so much access to my sewing machine these days. It's actually nice having a portable project to carry around in my bag with me. It is light and takes up very little space

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