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Date: 4/10/13 1:22 PM

Hi,

My name is Lisa and I want to make my own slips.

I have Kwik Sew 2930 and would like to know if silk organza would be a good choice to try and make them with.

At only 5 feet tall, the ones in the shops are too long and also are made from man-made fibres which is a major problem for me as I'm allergic.

Since Silk organza has a fairly high content of a natural fibre then I can use it as a fabric against my skin.

Sorry for the long post but if anyone can advise me, I will appreciate it.

Lisa
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Date: 4/10/13 2:16 PM

Hello Lisa,
Yes, you could use silk organza to make under slips but I would suggest washing it first to remove any stiffness. I use a silk organza press cloth,which is washed frequently. Once the initial shrinkage has taken place you shouldn't get much more, plus it softens up with each wash. The only problem is that it's see through. You could use a fine cotton lawn, cotton batiste or a silk/cotton mix. The problem with these is that they tend to stick to whatever you're wearing. It depends on the outer fabric of your garment. If you can afford to buy it, then silk jersey will make slips that are nice to wear and, in the main, won't cling to your clothes. Silk jersey can be washed BY HAND in warm water. It helps if you don't over rinse and put a drop of white vinegar in the final rinse. It is a problem if you have allergies to synthetics so I hope this helps.

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Date: 4/10/13 3:57 PM

Note that the recommended fabrics for Kwik Sew 2930 are all stretch knits. A silk knit would work well.

However, if you want to try this pattern in a woven fabric (silk organza or cotton batiste), cut the slip and camisole pattern pieces on the bias, and that will probably give you enough drape and bias "stretch" to fit properly. You may have to go up a size to get the right fit.

ETA: My favorite half slip of all time was silk organza, cut on the bias. Very comfortable to wear and very smooth under dresses and skirts.

CMC
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Date: 4/10/13 4:09 PM

Thank you very much KBT Sewer.

In winter it's a real problem as I can't even wear stockings (tights) and shopping for bra's is a major major problem.

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1994 Elna 2006 - Nell
Janome 8077 - Gemma
1957 Singer 99K - Victoria
1935 Singer 28K Hand Crank - TC (Temperamental Charlotte)
1970's - Singer 15NL Hand Crank - Howard
1960's Bernina Favorit 740 - as yet unnamed
Pre-1930's Jones Family CS Hand Crank - Jane

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Date: 4/10/13 4:11 PM

Thank you very much for your help CM_Sews.

Only problem is that I do not know how to sew with knits as most contain a high content of synthetic fibres here in South Africa (or at least the ones in my price range do) and I can only have fabrics on my skin which have high content of natural fibres.

I can use blends as long as it's more natural fibre than knit.

Most of my clothing is Cotton and Linen blends or pure fabric and that's why I asked about using organza.

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1994 Elna 2006 - Nell
Janome 8077 - Gemma
1957 Singer 99K - Victoria
1935 Singer 28K Hand Crank - TC (Temperamental Charlotte)
1970's - Singer 15NL Hand Crank - Howard
1960's Bernina Favorit 740 - as yet unnamed
Pre-1930's Jones Family CS Hand Crank - Jane

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Date: 4/10/13 8:03 PM

Even when washed it's a bit stiff for a slip, and it's sheer. I'd suggest silk charmeuse, stretch silk charmeuse is available and would make gorgeous slips. Mood Fabrics has it in a wide variety of colors.
Silk jersey would be lovely, but pretty expensive.
Silk is washable, even machine washable. Do a test first to determine how it reacts.
Cotton lawn would be lovely for a summer slip, but garments wont' slide over it easily.

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Date: 4/11/13 1:13 AM

Hi Nancy,

Thank you for your reply.

I will look at Mood but shipping to South Africa is not always possible.

I just checked Mood and they do not ship outside the USA.

I will keep looking.

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1994 Elna 2006 - Nell
Janome 8077 - Gemma
1957 Singer 99K - Victoria
1935 Singer 28K Hand Crank - TC (Temperamental Charlotte)
1970's - Singer 15NL Hand Crank - Howard
1960's Bernina Favorit 740 - as yet unnamed
Pre-1930's Jones Family CS Hand Crank - Jane

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Date: 4/11/13 9:18 AM

i have ordered some silk charmeuse for a slip. i believe that it is very nice to work with. ordered a sample and washed in the clothes washer along with other clothes. laundered beautifully.

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Date: 4/11/13 3:42 PM

Hello again Cocoyorkie,
I have just remembered a firm here in the UK which sells a great choice of silk undergarments--bra's, pants,slips, clothing etc etc in all sorts of styles.Not expensive either (not by UK standards).They also ship overseas (I did check). Go to www.patra.com.
This could be the answer to your problems. The items are also washable. Best of luck.

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Date: 4/11/13 4:14 PM

Just to help if you want to make your own, there are two slip patterns I have just bought which use non stretch fabric. vogue 8888 or kwiksew 2325.

I think they are both very pretty and use delicate fabric. So good for hot weather!

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