This is one for the ages. The Slip dress closely resemble underslips and petticoats, which were both used as under-garments in the in the early 1940’s. Slip dresses though did not make an appearance until the last decade of the 20th century thanks to the likes of John Gilliano’s debut design for Dior was a lace trimmed Slip dress.
So if you would like to Slip into something more comfortable over the weekend or just on a lazy evening have a go at this one.
Things You Will Need
- Fabric (Silk)
- Sewing machine/ Needle & Thread
- Sewing pins
I used black silk because one can never go wrong with black right?
Lay your fabric (which is terribly slippery) on any flat surface and place your pattern on top of it. If you have weights or full bottles of water use these to hold your pattern in place.
Cut along your pattern leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance for sewing. Pin the front and back pieces together with good sides facing each other and sew.
Fold (1/2″) and pin the rough edges on the front and back. This is where using the same color of thread as your material comes in handy.
Measure and cut out 2 pieces of ribbon/cord that will be used as the shoulder straps, pin to the front and back and sew.
At the hem, fold a 1/2″ seam and sew and you are all done.
You can make this a mini or a midi, add any type of applique to it as you will soon see I did or use as a night slip dress or as a day/night casual look.
I added an iron on sequinned cat applique to mine and wore it to the PlayLand Beach, in Rye, over the weekend (check out my mean tan), but boy do those park people have strict rules at the pool or what :(.