Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Plain Slip to Fancy Slip

Summer is full swing here in Okinawa which means it is hot and humid. I do not like hot and humid weather because it makes me feel soo gross. After 3 years of living here I have come to realize that dresses are the way to go during the summer. So to start off the summer I bought a handful of dresses from various places, some long and some short. I ALWAYS order dresses in tall to give me a bit more length but it doesn't always work. I ended up with a couple of dresses that were a bit too short and I for one do not like showing off my undies to the world. So I stuck them in the back of the closet till I could decide what to do with them.

I was browsing on Etsy one day when I came across A Slip Shop. I was instantly in love with all of the adorable slips for sale in the shop. It was all the inspiration I needed and the perfect solution to my short dress problem. Yesterday I hit the store and bought a plain slip, some eyelet lace and here is what I ended up with:

Yes I took all the pictures outside and yes I looked like a crazy lady but my neighbors are use to it. My house has abysmal lighting and I could not get a good picture no matter what I did. So I drug my mirror outside and snapped away. Ok back to the adorable slip. It was super easy and simple to make. The entire project took me about 15 minutes beginning to end. Here are a few notes about making your own fancy slip. 

1. You can make the slip from scratch but I choose to take a shortcut and went with a store bought half slip. I just made sure it was long enough for what I wanted which was 20 inches.

2. Buy enough lace! I cannot stress this enough. I thought a yard would be more than enough lace for the slip. Had I watched her cut it I would have know to ask for another 1/2 yard of lace. Instead I was trying to wrangle my little stinkers and keep them for running over the sweet Japanese ladies at the fabric store. I ended up taking the slip in so the lace I bought would work. It wasn't a big deal but the slip is a bit tighter that what I hoped for. Of course you could always do the smart thing and  measure the end of your slip to know exactly how much lace you will need.

3. My slips were fairly low cost to make. I bought cheap slips (about $5) but the lace is what really cost me. It might be something about Japan but my eyelet lace was $7 a yard. It was actually the most expensive lace they had there. Still the project was cheaper (and faster) than buying one online.

4. If you are not up to making your own slip go to A Slip Shop and check our their amazing selection of gorgeous slips. The prices are great especially if it means you can pull all those too short dresses out of the back of your closet!

 My first slip was a learning experience to be sure but I think it turned out well. I cannot wait to make another one. Maybe I will make the next one with a double layer of lace!


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Beth said...

That is beautiful! And such a great solution.

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Such an adorable slip, I'm totally inspired, only I'm really short, so skirts and dresses are always a little long anyway, but hey, I'm used to always having to hem my clothes anyway.

elizabeth said...

I made some of these for my little girl...but I haven't yet done it for me!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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