July 20, 2010

Pretty Little Underthings

When I'm out shopping or thrifting I always look for silk, real silk not polyester or nylon, underthings. They are seriously few and far between. I don't mean a nightie or lingerie either (although, I suppose they fall into somewhat the same category), I mean underthings, you know like slips.  I've been in dire need of underthings, aka slips. I have had a skirt slip, manufactured from horrid nylon that has been my standby for much too long. It was high time for something new.



The two camisoles hiding behind the skirt slip were thrifted "nighties" that have since been cut short to be made into camisoles. The skirt slip is a recent stitched up fancy that I've long been meaning to do and never got around to. I don't generally wear skirt slips, but I have two skirts that require them, even though the skirts themselves are lined. And judging from how much wear the nasty little nylon slip got, I apparently wear slips more than I even thought. All of these underthings are 100% silk making them more breathable than nylon or polyester. With the heat around here, it's a definite must.



I made the skirt slip from this vintage pattern. Really a pattern is not necessary as I didn't even follow the instructions for this one. In fact, I might just write up a tutorial, because I'll be needing a black one too. I used a very light pink silk charmeuse, vintage lace for the trim and plush backed elastic for the waist. Ummm...have you tried plush backed elastic? If you haven't, you really need to. Not only does it hold the thing in place and keep it from slipping all around town, but it feels fantastic compared with other elastic type waists I've tried. So fantastic, it's like it's not even there.

Do you ever wear slips? Do you have a hard time finding natural fiber slips? What are your secrets for underthings?

PS ~ after two days worth of wear, I'm in love with my silk slip! 100% no cling to skirts, complete breathability and not to mention the luscious feel of the silk against my skin is heavenly. Won't ever be going back! Highly, highly recommend!
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19 comments

  1. This is so funny! I have a blog I read called Conversations with a Conservative that blogged about slips just today. It must be the topic of the day! :)
    I love slips! I don't wear them too often, but they are so pretty! I would loved a tutorial. I have one and it is nylon and ugly!

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  2. I wear them, too, but I prefer the slip-dress version as the skirt slips always tend to ride up. I have an absolutely beautiful, bias cut, ivory coloured vintage silk slip in pristine condition that I got for a steal on ebay and that turned out to be entirely handmade, even the scalloped hem. I´m amazed everytime I look at the tiny hand-stitching.But, even though it´s wonderful to wear it feels a little precious for everyday, so I feel I should make a new one soon. And yes, silk is just the best.
    Lovely blog, btw!
    Hanna

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  3. Your pink slip looks so much like one http://lifeisexamined.blogspot.com/2009/08/feel-pretty.html I made from Gertie's tutorial! Does your tutorial differ that much from her's? I'll have to check out that plush-backed elastic because I now have four skirt slips in various lengths and colors and one full slip, but I want more!

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  4. I don't usually wear them because I can never find them! I look every single time I'm in a department store, they have nighties, but never any real slips. I think slips have been replaced by Spanx and other "shapewear".
    I think I'll end up with a vintage lingerie pattern similar to yours so that I can make slips.

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  5. Yay! I'm so excited you are using that pattern!

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  6. I need to make a slip, so that I don't have to line everything I make. I'm so lazy when it comes to making practical items - I'd rather buy them, but in the case of slips, as you say, there aren't many choices, and most are made of awful fabrics. Your slip is lovely!

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  7. How pretty! I don't wear slips, but I would love to wear this one! :) I love the lace on the bottom.

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  8. I agree that slips are hard to find these days, I think that spandex has taken over, but think that slips are something that is worth having for skirts and dresses.

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  9. I don't own any slips, but I sure wish I did! My problem is that they're 'utility' pieces and therefore always on the backburner of my sewing agenda. Yours is super pretty and I'm freshly inspired to make a slip for myself - eventually!

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  10. Slips always remind me of childhood and always having too many layers on when it was hot! Now I hate it when unlined skirts ride up when I'm wearing tights! I think a slip could come into play...

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  11. I love that pattern. My mother used to make slips from it in the 70s. unfortunately I'm not the right size for it so all I can do is gaze wistfully at it these days. Glad I'm not the only one who has it!

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  12. I have never worn a slip before...but the more I think about it the more I'm surprised I have never realised how much I need one! I have a couple of unlined cotton skirts which ride-up and drive me insane...and slips are the answer! Doh! Thanks for giving me the inspiration!

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  13. I'm definitely going to do a dress version soon. I do think they are simply lovely and you can wear them with a skirt and a sweater on top. Fabulous idea.

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  14. This is fabulous! I did not realize Gertie had posted about slips. Her tutorial is just the way I made mine! Definitely have a go at the plush back elastic. I love it!

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  15. I know! They seem to have gone into the realm of non-existence. It's so sad too as I think many women would prefer to have a nice slip these days.

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  16. I completely understand. I actually didn't really want to "waste" my time making one either. I decided that I was finally going to make one for Self Stitched September and was pleasantly surprised at how very little time they took. Start to finish, probably about 2 hours. Easy, easy, easy!

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  17. I love it too! I found it while thrifting one day. It was such a find as it's in my bust size, even though it's in a junior's size. I'm off to try the full-version next!

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  18. I wear slips often. I only have a few as they are so hard to find in the stores! Yours is beautiful! I'm inspired to make some of my own.

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  19. I always wear slips, but I hate nylon especially in summer when it's very hot here in Southern California. I never thought of the possibility of making my own slip from silk. Thanks for a great idea.
    --C.B.

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