July 11, 2019
The elegant lines of the Princess Slip hearken from 1910 when skirts began to narrow considerably from the fussy underpinnings of the pre-1910 era. However, this pattern made in the right fabric can also be worn as an easy summer dress, low-knee length for day, or floor-length for evening.
Classic princess seams provide a smooth shape and flattering fit. The neckline is encircled by a row of wide crocheted lace with a narrow ribbon drawstring. Bias binding faces the lace-trimmed armholes. The traditional concealed buttoned placket closes the back, or you can use a zipper (instructions for both are in the pattern!).
View A is the simple modern version – an easy summer shift or classic slip for sheer dresses.
View B is the traditional floor-length version; a wide bottom ruffle is lightly gathered onto the slip. Ending just above the hem, this ruffle peeks out prettily below the hem of long dresses (perefect for the 227 Edwardian Bridal Gown).
NOTE: This is a PDF pattern. You will get a link to the files to download after purchase is complete. We are also able to print this pattern on 20 lb, wide-format paper and mail it to you with instructions. The option is available in the drop down menu.
Suggested Fabrics: Light to medium weight cottons and blends such as batiste, lawn, challis, eyelet, or broadcloth; rayon challis; handkerchief linen; silk broadcloth. Originals were made of fine cotton broadcloth.
PLEASE NOTE: Fabrics used as examples in blog may go out of stock from store. If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute. These suggestions are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written!
For the more traditional version (View B), a light weight handkerchief linen will keep you cool and drape nicely under other garments or worn alone. We found a nice selection at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics.
For lace trim, Mood (of course) has some great wide lace selections including this one that I love (with built in satin ribbon)! Just make sure your lace trim can have a satin ribbon threaded through it, if it does not include the ribbon already.
Here is an example that Molly sewed. She omitted the lace trim and shortened the dress to simplify and modernize the slip to be a simple summer dress. This dress is made from an African Wax Print - you can find a great selection at Ankara and Lace or AKN Fabric.