For the 16th post in my series, the letter P, I chose to sew a pattern I found on the New Zealand blog “Pattern Scissors Cloth”. The Ruby Slip, posted on 12/10/11, is available as a free downloadable pattern. Sherry, the blogger behind Pattern Scissors Cloth, also hosted a sew-along for the pattern on 12/12/11.
Unfortunately, Pattern Scissors Cloth is no longer an active blog, but you can still download the Ruby Slip pattern here and access the sew-along here. Although I found the Sew-Along extremely helpful, I didn’t follow the pattern for this slip exactly. I already had a vintage slip that fit well in the bodice but was too tight elsewhere. (Yup, the story of my life). I was drawn to the Ruby Slip pattern because it’s cut on the bias. I’d read that bias cuts are slimming and admired the way bias cut gowns seem to skim the body in photographs. So I just cut out the bias skirt portion of the Ruby Slip and sewed it to my existing lace bodice.
The only problem with using the vintage bodice was that the only slinky fabric I had in my stash was dark brown. The lace bodice didn’t look right with my stash fabric – the combination of the light lace with the dark brown skirt wasn’t ideal. I thought about dying the lace, but didn’t think the dye would take on polyester. But the vintage slip also had a matching lace band around the hem so I decided to try appliqueing some of the leftover lace onto the dark brown fabric. I thought this might tie the pale lace bodice into the very dark skirt. I appliqued 3 roses from the lace to the skirt, shown in close up below. I think the applique idea worked to tie the disparate colors together. I like this slip, which I’ll be using as a nightgown. But re: the bias cut making one appear slimmer, when I put the gown on that theory was proven wrong! Luckily while I was thinking “yikes, my butt is the size of Texas in this” (which is why I’m not actually modeling the nightgown on this blog) my husband said “Wow, that’s pretty”. Yup, he’s sweet like that sometimes – guess I’ll keep him.
Wow. Nice job. I have not gotten to lingerie, but would love to make a slip.
Hey Jill, I’ve not really gotten to lingerie either to be honest. Using the salvaged bodice was a pretty big cheat on my part. The gown was super quick and easy to make because of that – except for figuring out where to put the appliques and how exactly to sew the new skirt on. I spent a ridiculous amount of time pondering how to accomplish those 2 tasks (French seams? Invisible thread? Gathering? Darts?), and then ended up just zigzag stitching everything together and trimming off the excess fabric.
I love this slip! It is beautiful and that lace that you salvaged is fantastic! You are just growing with this challenge you set for yourself. Thanks for sharing the pattern also.
Thanks Sylvia! You are a sweetheart!
Gorgeous! I sold lingerie retail and wholesale for many years. I love how the lace dips down off the bodice.
I believe that the rule with bias cut slinky fabrics is that they accentuate curves, so feminizing on gals with boy figures and confirming the voluptuous figures of curvy girls. *cue “She’s a Brick House” music* No wonder your husband loved it.
Thanks for your kind comments, and also for the bias cut explanation. Now that I think about it I recall that those gals in the bias gowns I admired were all super skinny models or actresses. No wonder they looked so good in bias cuts!