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sandra17
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Date: 2/27/12 8:36 AM

When I started sewing, I made things which could be worn at home and made cheaply. I made some nightshirts, pj pants, then clothes for my young daughter. Then I ventured into clothes for me for wearing to work. I'm still on this, and making some progress. My biggest motivation was that I cannot find clothes to fit me well in shops, and the few that would fit fairly well are in clothes shops outside of my budget. Now I don't bother with things I can fit easily like pjs and I focus my energies on things I cannot buy. I still sew to a fairly tight budget.

Long intro to my next project. It is really hard to find full slips, and when I do, generally online, they are wickedly expensive (I live in New Zealand, so small range available anyway).

Two years ago I bought a slip made out of stretchy fabric, quite different to the older style tricot, and it would be worth the money if it weren't too small even at their largest size. It is the kind they now seem to make plain camisoles from but I don't know what it is called. I have considered drafting off my current slip and then grading up to make one which will fit me. I found some similar fabric in a local shop (unnamed fabric) which, though a ghastly lilac colour, feels like it would do the job.

Does anyone know what this fabric is called?

I would also like some pattern suggestions. Although I can order/import almost any pattern online, I try and support our local shop which has New Look, Simplicity and Burda (not that I can find what I want in their books so far).

My biggest fitting challenge is a 12H bust. I measure about a 22 in the big four at the moment, though for most things to fit I have to start much smaller in the shoulders and then grade up.

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Date: 2/27/12 1:05 PM

hi Sandra17

I made a slip last year for my sister. Although she does not have your bust size, she is a size 20 for her hips (she is pear shaped). I used Burda 7418 here is a photo of the finished piece.

I found the hips very easy to grade up, as there are a few sets of seams because of the side panels, so you can add a little on each piece. I don't know how easy it would be to grade up the bust, but it does go up to a size 18 on the pattern pieces, so not too far to go.

It fits her beautifully and she is very happy with it. I used a stretch silk crepe which worked fine. I also made a half slip for my mother out of the same fabric, which again worked well. I hope this helps.

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Date: 2/27/12 1:08 PM

I notice that some dress patterns now include a slip. Vogue 1287 has a bias cut slip and Vogue 1285 has a four-way stretch knit slip (which they refer to as a lining). The slip is not always shown in the line drawing so it is worth reading the pattern description.

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Date: 2/27/12 1:16 PM

There's also the free Ruby slip pattern if you don't mind printing. It is very simple and easy to grade to whatever size you need.

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Date: 2/27/12 10:01 PM

Could your fabric be a stretch satin? Or is it a knit?

Also Kwik-Sew has a nightgown pattern that would easily work as a slip:
http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k3647-products-20186.php?page_id=3023

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Date: 2/29/12 4:51 AM

Thank you very much to everyone who replied. Your suggestions are all helpful. I did eventually find a label hidden in the bought slip - it is nylon elastane.

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Date: 2/29/12 5:00 AM

I can understand about wanting to buy local, and I wear full slips. My problem is being busty + modern patterns = bad slips.

Perhaps looking into a vintage one? I have several that I rotate out depending on the year, what I have, what I need type of thing.

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Date: 3/6/12 3:11 PM

The current issue of Ottobre Woman has a full slip pattern made out of bamboo stretch knit with directions how to modify the cup size to accommodate a fuller bust.

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Date: 3/8/12 11:21 PM

Also you could try L9105 by Coni Crawford.

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Date: 3/9/12 6:56 AM

I have that one in the stash-never thought about using for a slip. It does look like it could become one easily so thanks for the idea. I need to pick its similar version in the smaller size range as vet daughter thinks she might like some summer sleeveless dresses and that would be easier than lining them.

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