I've been wanting to try Gertie's retro slip Sewing Pattern for a while now, and after seeing some of her own versions on her Instagram recently, I bumped it to the top of my sewing queue!

The pattern features a midi length slip with a vest variation and matching knickers all adorned with a stretch lace trim. This pattern also comes with various cup size pattern pieces which is great for bustier gals like me!

Here's a peek at the pattern:

I decided to sew the full slip version. Thanks to a previous post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network, I discovered this sheer, Stretch Lining Fabric. The fabric is perfect for this pattern, it's slinky, soft and not too see through.

Instead of the regular picot edge lingerie elastic used in the instructions, I used Fold Over Elastic instead. I find it far softer against my skin on a make like this and it's super easy and fast to sew with. I'm really happy I opted to use fold over elastic for this slip, but I will try the picot edge elastic next time.

This slip came together so quickly! I made mine in around an hour and I see many more in my future. This pattern would be a great place to start if you haven't sewn any lingerie before. The pattern is simple with clear instructions and illustrations and it covers some great lingerie techniques (elastic, lace, hoops & sliders). 

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Butterick Ladies Sewing Pattern 6031 Camisole, Slip & Panties

Fabric: Light Stretch Lining Dress Fabric Red

Notions: Nylon Lace Trimming RedFold Over Elastic & 2 x Hoops and Sliders

Sewing time: About an hour!

Modifications: I swapped the elastic for fold over elastic.

Fit: Perfect!

Difficulty: Nice and simple - a great make for beginners.

Watch out for: Make sure you make use of the different cup size patterns for the best fit!

Make Again?: Yes! I'd love to make all versions of this pattern.

Overall, I'm so happy I finally got round to sewing this pattern. The fabric works so well for a slip and I'll definitely be using it again and it comes in so many colours! I love how quick this came together and the fit is just how I wanted it, hurrah! 

You can see this slip in my March Sew & Tell YouTube video here!

Thanks for reading, pinups!


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