It never pays to rush things. I got a late start on tiny Kitty’s slip this week. Sunday was my first opportunity to continue her undergarments. I am afraid it shows. A couple of errors in the hurrying up for the blog, and then I realized I do not really need to hurry, do I?
I totally forgot about the adjustment to make in the hip area of the corset, which made my slip just a tiny bit, maybe one seam allowance, tight. I hate ripping seams after so much work. At the last minute I decided to sew up the back seam, (I was going to leave it open, but who wants to sit on buttons?) The corset strings create a bit of a bump as well. I can fix it.
My original intention was to have a princess styled silhouette, but the more information I had it became apparent a narrower shape would be required. I narrowed the panels, added lace, and cut off the excess slip fabric from the bodice and the hem. I added lace straps instead.
The pictures below show the working out of the pattern and the changing the silhouette.
|I chose this picture as an inspiration.|
|Pattern made and sample slip tested. Ready to cut out and sew.|
|Advice for succession sewing. Lay out the pieces in the order for which they are assembled, pick one up and sew, then to the next, and on and on. I leave the center back open.|
|First fitting with primary seam completed for French seaming. The original intentions was to leave the back open and close the length.|
|When adding laces, interview the laces you have. Do scallops go with geometric designs? Does one lace and width llook well with another?|
|As you can see here, I did not use any of the others and opted to add a simple edging with a beading lace accent. In other words I kept it simple more or less with my inspiration.|
|Here are the laces sewn on, and the slip portions cut away from the laces.|
|Completed Slip Front|
|Completed Slip Back|
(I wonder if I should take this next week to fix the slip and show you the repaired items, re-lace the corset, etc. At least, the very least, Kitty is more covered and she is becoming more comfortable with the camera. )