For the eleventh day of A Gift a Day, I made three cotton slips.
I used a dress pattern with a button back. I used the bodice and skirt pieces only, and since there was no hem allowance needed, I cut the skirt shorter.
The skirts were just straight rectangles. I cut all the way across the width of the fabric for the front and back of the skirt, making it about 21" wide for the front and back pieces (the muslin shrinks after washing, so this was the actual size of the washed fabric when I cut). This makes for a not real full slip, and it doesn't use a lot of fabric this way.
I cut away the seam allowance around the neck and armholes from the bodice pieces.
I then sewed a scalloped edge around the armholes, 3/8" from the edge. I trimmed the fabric off around the scallops with a pair of sharp scissors.
I sewed the neck scallop after I had constructed the slip.
I also sewed the hem scallop after the slip was constructed.
For one of the slips, I sewed pin tucks and a machine featherstitch above the hem.
Time:The total time for one slip is 2 hours.
Cost:$ 1.23 per slip.
I bought the cotton muslin 50% off several years ago. I bought the entire bolt. This made it $1.50 a yard at the time (it is most likely a bit more now as cotton prices rose significantly a few years back). The slips took around 3/4 of a yard each. A larger slip could be a yard to a yard and a quarter.
I used vintage buttons from my button jar for all three slips.
The scallops take a fair amount of thread. You can read here about how I buy thread.
These could be constructed with hand-embroidery, lace edging, or an eyelet skirt for a fancier slip. You could also buy poly/cotton broadcloth to make these for just a little bit more, and they won't wrinkle. Old sheets can also be made into slips.
To use less thread, a narrow hem could be made instead of the scallops.
Did you make any gifts today? What did you make?
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