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|Other: Ruby Slip (Ruby Slip) - Type:Lingerie |
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|Posted on:||7/21/13 4:10 AM |
|Last Updated:||12/11/13 10:39 PM|
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|UPDATE: Don't be tempted to use bra straps, the mini shoestring straps suggested in the pattern are soooo much better |
The shoestring self filled tubing straps (used on the white slip) are perfect for this pattern whereas the reclaimed bra straps (used on the toile) were not. When worn the adjustable bra straps are both lumpy and bulky. In fact the red slip hasn't been worn because of this problem, whereas the lovely white slip I wear quite often. Apart from the bra straps being thicker and in places doubled over, the lightweight slip doesn't tension the elastic in the way a bra does and the slip is also worn over a bra, making two lots of straps.
Using the bra straps on the wearable toile seemed like a good idea (in part because the shoestring tubes sounded daunting and fiddly) but they are easy to make, especially in the silk as they glide through when turned, so I thought it fair (having mentioned the bra straps in my original review) to post an update... and today I made a matching set of shoestring straps for the red slip.
I've also sourced some silk jersey from Tessuti, and will share the matching panties when they are done.
This really is a fabulous slip pattern and super comfortable with the proper straps.
Well drafted luxurious slip with lace (or fabric) cups and bias cut skirt that is surprisingly simple to sew.
Based on my measurements I cut a 10 and slightly reduced the hip width.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are excellent and there is a detailed sew-along with extra tips as well.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The style is gorgeous and the (free) pattern very well drafted. All notches match up, it runs true to size and skims the body gracefully.
The stunning lace is a gift from a sewing friend and the bodice is Sunsilky, a quality silky lining fabric that has the advantage of being antistatic.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did make a wearable muslin before cutting the special lace but surprisingly few adjustments were needed, the only changes being:
* Trim side seams by 0.5cm from waist to hemline
* Shorten length by 2 cm
Sherry, who kindly makes this downloadable pattern available on her website Pattern~Scissors~Cloth, has also shared her expertise in the sew-along with tips and techniques for each step in the construction, which was the main reference I used. The sew-along, and her website in general, is a wonderful go-to resource for industry tricks of the trade.
For the test slip I used reclaimed bra straps (and embellishment) since they were a perfect colour match, but for the special lace I made matching bias shoestring straps, which is what the pattern suggests, and these are ideal.
The baby rolled hem was stay stitched 2 cm from edge (the amount I needed to shorten the slip) then pressed and the hem turned up along the stitch line, edge-stitched in place, trimmed then turned a second time for the final row of stitching. Hemming is left until after the skirt has been hung for a couple of days to allow the bias to drop.
Piecing the lace during construction
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Most definitely. The same pattern makes a lovely cami or summer pyjama top.
Enticed by the Ruby Sew-Along a couple of years ago and enabled by the most beautiful lace gift (thanks Sigrid) I am delighted with this gorgeous lingerie
... and there's more! There is enough lace remaining to make a matching panty so I'll update the review once these are finished and include a better photo of the finished slip (since it is now late afternoon and the light is fading).
Edited to add: If you are interested in lingerie sewing Sigrid has recently started a new blog called Sewing Lingerie with lots of tutorials and inspiration posts.
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