It seems like everyone in the sewing world is loving lingerie right now. It's a movement! I find it interesting to watch these trends--remember a couple years ago when everyone was making "cake"? And I think "capsule" or super-organized wardrobe planning sewing started last year and is still sort of popular, but no where near as popular as bra-making. Almost every day there's bras all over my bloglovin' feed!
I'm not quite ready to start making bras (stretch fabrics scare me) but a slip? I can manage that.
This is Simplicity 4218, a lingerie collection from the late 50s or early 60s. The pattern's Vintage Patterns Wiki site has an interesting note, saying "Instructions indicate a Copyright date of 1958, although the pattern number would indicate a 1960s issue or re-issue." Hmm.
You may recognize the fabric I used from my last post--it's left over silk/cotton from my wedding dress!
I'm currently working on the full slip as well, and both have sort of weird finishing. I've been going along with it in some places (this exposed elastic waistband) and ignoring it in others (topstitching just doesn't look good on a silk full slip!). I think for a slip, this is a fine method, but not the most lovely I've ever seen. I wouldn't dare try and unpick all those triple zig zag stitches, but if I made this again, I would just make a little casing with some more bias I think.
The interiors are french seamed (not called for in the instructions, but nice). Even with french seams, this was a very quick project. The hardest part, I thought, was cutting out the bias silk/cotton (I think it's 65% silk/45% cotton). I used lots of pins and my roller cutter, and it only took me a few hours start to finish, and I think I will get a lot of wear out of it--I'm always reaching for slips to wear under my full skirts and this is my first handmade one!
Do you wear slips? I find it very difficult to find practical slips that aren't shapewear! Half slips are a little more common, but especially for full slips, everything is either Victoria's Secret-style (i.e. not actually to wear under clothes) or shapewear, and if you find anything that isn't one of those, it's polyester and very ugly and utilitarian. I suppose that's why we sew!
ps: I mentioned I'm working on the full slip--you'll see it soon on the Sewcialists blog, I'm guest blogging during their lingerie month. If you don't follow them, you should--it's a great way to discover new bloggers!