At last the Princess Slip is an apron.

Published May 22, 2012 by ladyglo

I will say this again and then stop with the whining (I promise).  I have done this blog 3 or four times and for some reason I could not get it to publish even though it said it was published.  This is my last time for doing this pattern.  If it doesn’t work I will pass it by.  *laughing*

I changed my mind twice part way into the making of this slip.  I feel like I made it 3 times.

The Princess Slip pattern looked just like the envelope drawing once it was made.

The instructions were easy to follow.  The only time I had a problem was when the back piece seemed sizes smaller than the front.  At first I thought it was a different size from the front piece…then I thought it had to be the pigeon front that made it seem so much larger than the back.

I used a cotton fabric from my stash.  I bought fabric to make this slip into a summer dress for my daughter.  I decided to make it up as a muslin with my stash fabric.  I had the dress hanging on my door trying to decide how long to make the pleats at the bottom when my daughter, Windee, walked by and said, “That would make a great apron!”.  I thought she was right.  So an apron it became.

I “unsewed” the zipper and opened the back of the dress up.  I lowered the neckline, took in the straps a bit over the bust, dropped the armseyes and faded the  back in from the straps to the waist.

I made bias tape from the same fabric and covered the neckline and armseyes.  I pleated and sewed the flounce on the bottom of the apron.  I used some decorative stitching on all of these areas.  I call them “teeth”, but I think it is a blanket stitch.

I also used ribbon for the ties since I didn’t have enough fabric to make ties.

I didn’t particularly like or dislike this pattern.  There were no highlights or lowlights on it for me.

I would recommend this pattern to others.  I have recommended it actually.

I sell at a 2nd Monday Bazaar every month.  I hung the apron on my “cage”/booth.  The apron was my 2nd most popular thing there.  People touched it and asked many questions about where I got the idea.  *laughing*   I explained about the 1912 Project many times that weekend.  No one has bought it yet, but I have it marked high because my daughter likes it…a lot.

I think you guys should make a brochure or something we each could print about your business.  I could have handed out 2 dozen brochures, business cards…something.  Make something we can copy off the site and give to unsuspecting people so they can become obsessed too.  *laughing*

Princess Sip/Summer Dress hanging on door right before we decided it was going to be an apron.

Making bias tape.

Dropping armseye.

Pleating flounce.

Gabrielle showing apron front.

Gabbs showing apron back.

Close-up of pleated bottom.

1. Pattern Name

Princess Slip

2. Sewer’s skill level


3. Pattern Rating

I liked this pattern.

4. What skill level would someone need to sew this pattern and why?

A beginner could sew the pattern easily.  The lace insertion might be challenging, but doable with patience.

5. Were the instructions easy to follow? If not, what needs to be changed?

I thought it was easy to follow the instructions.  I might note that the front part of the pattern is larger than the back.  It was larger enough that it made me stop and scratch my head and I’ve been sewing since I was 8 years old.  A note explaining the fit might stop some of the confusion.

6. How was the fit/sizing?  Did it correspond to what you thought?

I thought the fit was right on the money.

7. Did you make any pattern alterations? If so, what alterations did you make? Where they fit or design alterations?

Boy did I ever alter the pattern.  *laughing*  At first I wanted to make a summer dress so I decided against the lace.  I dropped the armseye by 2.5″ and faded the curve into the top of the armhole.  This change was done for comfort of fit.  I added a zipper to the back.  Once I decided on an apron I took the zipper out and I dropped the neckline by 1.5″.  I shortened the  pleated flounce for the design.

8. Other notes:

When I decided to make an apron from this pattern I opened the back and faded the curve of the strap down into the waist.  I added ties at the waist and top of the apron for closure.

I enjoyed the design of the slip.  I enjoyed the the dress design and I really enjoyed the apron design.


Still working on the slip pattern…

Published March 30, 2012 by ladyglo

I’m beginning to think I may never finish the “slip” pattern.  *laughing*  I have been so busy with work that I haven’t had the time to sew for fun.

I woke up this morning and thought I need to work on the slip.  I am determined to get this summer dress (the slip pattern) finished this weekend.  We’ll see about that, right?

I cut the slip to pattern specs for my first try.  I will be remaking the dress in different fabric (already pictured) to fit my daughter.

Some of the challenges I’ve encountered in the making of the slip…are as follows.

The front of the slip pattern fits Windee  (my daughter) perfectly.  The back of the pattern, on the other hand, is inches too small.  The shoulder seams are not on the shoulder, but farther to the back.  I hadn’t noticed that on any other slip.  I wondered about that for a while (did I get a smaller back pattern that the front…no…it isn’t possible) and decided that it might be because the ideal shape of the “body” at that time was larger in the front.  For the re-make of the dress I will be adding to the back of the pattern for a proper fit.

I am not using lace as the fabric is so busy it would have been redundant.  With that in mind I re-fitted the neckline to lie closer to the chest.   With that decision made I also had to narrow the straps where the princess seams joined.

I put a zipper in the back seam for easy on and off of the dress.

Today I will be adding the pleated flounce.  As I am shortening the slip/dress I will also be shortening the flounce.

Oh, and I will be cutting facings for the armseyes and neckline.

I guess I should take some pictures so you can see where I’m at in the process.  As soon as Windee gets home I’ll see what we can do about the pictures.

Pinning and cutting

Published March 8, 2012 by ladyglo

In between cleaning my office and bedroom I am going to get the “slip” pinned and cut out today.

I am using a fabric that my husband brought home for me months ago.  Jake finds fabric at a little second hand shop and brings home some really horrible stuff.  *laughing*  Sometimes what he brings is wonderful so I praise him every time he brings fabric home.  He feels wonderful and I get free fabric.

I have decided to make the “slip” as the pattern is drawn.  After making the slip without changes I am going to make the slip/summer dress for my daughter, Windee in the fabric we bought and I’ve talked about before.  I will try to post the fabric for the “real” dress before I leave today.

Wish me luck.  I hope this is as pretty in real life as it is in my head.Image