Hi, everyone! I have a quick post today on a fun layering option–a slip dress! I started to think about this last summer when I bought McCall’s 7948. The dress on the cover is made of eyelet. I made my own eyelet dress last year and underlined it with an inexpensive cotton voile, but I thought that it could be so much fun to have colorful slips to wear underneath other dresses with any degree of transparency. Then I wouldn’t have to line or underline the dress and you could change out the slips to have different colors show through. Once I saw Alexis Bailey’s version of McCall’s 7948 with a colorful slip underneath, I knew I had to do it. It’s taken me a long time, but I finally got it done.
I was looking for a slip pattern that was for woven fabric cut on the straight grain, rather than a bias or stretch slip. Simplicity 8545, View A was perfect because it was made to be just that kind of slip dress to go under transparent dresses and tops, patterns for both of which are included. I had some Cotton + Steel cotton lawn from a sale at Pintuck & Purl, and it was great for this pattern.
I often have to lower darts on patterns and I completely forgot to check before cutting my fabric if that would be necessary on this one. Assuming it would be, I sort of fudged things and lowered the dart point since I couldn’t lower the whole dart. It turned out that this wasn’t necessary, but as this will be under another dress, there’s no need to worry too much. Now I know for next time. I think I graded from an 18 at the bust to a 20 at the waist and hips, which was a good idea. There is a good amount of ease at the waist, but not as much at the hips. Grading made it all work just right, though.
Other modifications included shortening the straps 1″ beyond the recommended point and shortening the bottom of the dress 4″ from the raw edge. I want it to be around or a little shorter than the dresses I plan to wear over these slips, so I picked the shortest my dresses might be likely to be and hemmed the slips around there.
I noticed again that my natural waist is 1″-2″ above the pattern’s waist mark. Interesting… Maybe I’m a bit short-waisted. Also, I probably need a swayback adjustment, but I just can’t be bothered. You could most likely eliminate the zipper on this pattern and still get it over your head just fine. And lastly, if I were to make this pattern again, I would try eliminating the facings and use bias tape to finish the top edge.
Inside back (above) and a close-up of the zipper from the outside (below)
Inside front (above) and a close-up of the facings and strap (below)
I would like to try the camisole view of this pattern (View B) to wear under shirts that aren’t quite opaque enough in the summer. I have some more lawn, so I might get around to that at some point. I suppose it would be wise and practical to have a white slip, too, but that seems less exciting than brightly colored slips. 🙂 The dresses I hope to wear over this are currently in progress–the aforementioned McCall’s 7948 in green eyelet and my favorite dress pattern from last summer, Simplicity 8689, in a light pink cotton gauze. Hopefully once I make them, I’ll actually wear them to swan about the house instead of wearing stretchy pants! Or I’ll wear them over stretchy pants! 😉