Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Completed Princess Slip

The princess slip is finished, and I love the way it turned out! I would have posted sooner, but I mislaid my camera, and wasn't able to get the pictures I wanted. The most time consuming part of the project was pleating the ruffle. I measured, pinned, ironed, and re-ironed. There must be a better way to do it. I added lace around the neckline and armholes. I decided to skip the eyelet lace and ribbon, around the neck since all of the lace insertions have ribbon running through them. When I tried it on, I realized why I should have done the eyelet and ribbon. The neckline it very wide - the shoulders hardly stay up on me, so if I'd had eyelet around the neckline, I would have been able to use the ribbon as a drawstring, and draw it up to fit. If I make this pattern again, I'll adjust it to make the neckline fit me better.

Pattern Review Checklist:

  1. Pattern Description: Slip pattern from 1912, with insertion lace trim.
  2. Pattern Sizing: 36” bust
  3. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes, except that the neckline turned out a lot wider than shown in the picture.
  4. Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, except that the placket instructions were not clear.
  5. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the elegance of the design.
  6. Fabric Used: Cream colored cotton
  7. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.
  8. Would you recommend this pattern to others? Absolutely!
  9. Conclusion: I really enjoyed making this slip, and I would love to make it again sometime, altering it to be a dress.

VPLL Checklist

  1. Pattern Name: Princess Slip, pattern 0336
  2. Sewer’s Skill Level: Intermediate
  3. Pattern Rating: 1-Not a Fan, 2 – So-So, 3 – Good/Average, 4-Better than Average, 5-I LOVED IT! and why? It is simple and logical, and yet made a beautiful garment.
  4. What skill level would someone need to sew this pattern and why? I would say that any intermediate seamstress would be able to sew this pattern. The insertion lace and the pleating might be overwhelming for a beginning seamstress.
  5. Were the instructions easy to follow? If not, what needs to be changed? It would be nice if more detailed instructions were added for making the placket.
  6. How was the fit/sizing? Did it correspond to what you thought? Yes, it turned out slightly too large for me, which was exactly how I thought it would turn out.
  7. Did you make any pattern alterations? If so, what alterations did you make? Where they fit or design alterations? I didn’t make any alterations.
  8. Other notes: