Make Your Own Slip, Version 2

Happy Friday, everyone! I finished up my second slip, following the same theory as I did for the first slip, with a few modifications. I added more ease and used different elastic and trimmings, but followed the same general guidelines.

Missed the first slip? Click here to check out the first attempt. Thanks so much for all the feedback, ideas, and comments on yesterday’s slip-making post! I did this navy one before reading all of your feedback, and already I like version two better. Which means version three is going to be the best of all!

Here are the supplies I used:

You’ll need:

  • Slip fabric. I used rayon lining fabric again, like I did the first time around.
  • Elastic for waistline. I used a fantastic fold-over elastic, which I’ll talk more about in a minute!
  • Lace for hemline trim. I used lace seam binding because I thought it would be an easy one for you to find for your own slips!
  • Matching thread


  • Rosette or ribbon for decoration

I used a black fold-over elastic for the waistband. The fold gives you a place to insert your slip, sandwiching it between two layers of elastic and finishing the edges nicely on both sides! I like this stuff and hope to find it in more colours. All that I remember seeing is this black colour. Then again, we could probably use black waist elastic on just about any colour of slip, right?

This time, I added a little more ease around the hips by making my rectangle 2″ wider all around.
My slip length: cut 19″
My slip width: cut 44″ wide (hip measurement + 5″ of ease + 1″ seam allowance)

It was much harder to sew the fold-over elastic! I had to stretch it like crazy and was afraid the lining would slip out of the fold. It was literally one hand at back, one hand at the front, pulling as hard as I possibly could! A third hand would have been really handy, to pin in between and keep the lining poked into the fold.

However, this was the nicest waistline finish! No raw edges, just elastic covering the inside for softness and the outside for a clean finish.

Adding more ease made a way more comfortable slip! If you have a larger derriere, or thicker thighs, consider adding 4-5 inches of ease instead of three. Also when you measure thighs, you’e measuring them with your legs closed, so as soon as I stand normally the slip starts to ride up and strain at the seams.

This one’s way easier to walk in than Version 1. Version 3 will have more ease like this one. (Glad I didn’t cut them all at once!)

Here’s what it looks like on – yes, I’m standing on my chair to take the photo in the mirror! We’ll have to set up something more glamorous for the Me-Made-June outfit photos.

I wanted you to see that it does bunch around the waist, because I have a small waist compared to my hip measurement. That’s all right, because it will be hidden under a skirt, and because the fabric is so thin it will lie flat under another layer. Flat enough, right?

Trying on both slips again, this one is definitely more comfortable around the waistline too. The fold-over elastic is softer and hides the gathers, keeping the folds and bunches away from your waistline.

Side note: I wonder if I can bike in a slip? I’ll try it and report back!

I planned to skip the rosette this time, as this one felt more utilitarian, being navy and with flat lace. But it looked too plain, so I added a black ribbon bow at the centre. Luckily, I had this little scrap of ribbon in my stash! This is a good way to use up little bits of ribbon, or single rosettes or appliques. You could even add a larger applique to the hem area! No one will see it but you.

Things I like about Slip Version 2:

  • It’s way more comfortable with the extra couple of inches around the hips.
  • Love the fold-over elastic! While it’s harder to sew on, it feels nicer and finishes off the waistline better.
  • Because it’s navy, it’s not completely see-through. Not a big deal, but it does mean I can walk around in my slip if I wanted to!
  • The bow is a really cute touch at the front.

Things I’d change next time:

  • The seam binding lace is a bit stiff, and adding the second row made the hemline even stiffer.
  • When sewing on the lace trim, the needle left little strain-marks on my lining fabric. It may be because I need a sharper needle, or because the fabric is too delicate to have heavy trim applied. (What do you think caused this?)

Next up: Slip version 3! The next slip is going to be red, purchased specifically for wearing under my Crescent skirt.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

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25 Responses to Make Your Own Slip, Version 2

  1. Vicki Kate May 27, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    This is SO pretty and I have to say I love it way more than version 1. Can’t wait to see version 3! The fold over elastic looks like a brilliant idea and finishes it soo prettily.

    ref the strain marks on the fabric, it may be that the needle wasn’t as sharp as it could be (particularly if you applied the trim after the elastic). It probably pulled the trim and fabric into the hole in the needle plate before there was enough pressure for it to go through (if you see what I mean). The other thing may be is that it was a little too thick. As it’s such a fine fabric, you may have needed a finer needle but this would have been apparent when sewing the side seam(s).

    So, after all that, I’ll go for a blunt needle!

  2. Vicki Kate May 27, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Oh, and look at all these FOEs! The possibilities… Particularly for us UK girls!

  3. monkeysocks May 27, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    It is really nice in the navy! Going back to Lipstick Jane’s comment on the last post, slip shorts would be great for cycling, as long as you gave them enough ease.

  4. Karin May 27, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    I love it. The dark colour is very pretty and the lace is again a nice finishing touch. Oh and I ride my bike in slips all the time (well, with dresses or skirts on top of them ofcourse, wouldn’t want to give the wrong impression *grin*) and I don’t see why that would be a problem. If you can ride bikes in skirts, why not in slips?

  5. Corinne May 27, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    This one is really nice too. One little tip I have for determining ease for hips, wrap your widest area with a tape measure, then sit down. gravity and displacement will likely require a little more ease for being comfortable. Vicki Kate may be correct about the stress marks where the lace is attached. I am wondering also … did you use a straight stitch or a tiny zig-zag? In heirloom sewing we usually use a very tiny zig-zag. Sometimes I like to use silk thread as well.

  6. daiyami May 27, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Sellers I’ve seen recommended for foldover elastic (US), though it’s a bit different—looks thinner, and the fold is more solid, not stringy:

    Oh, and some sewing bloggers talk about Bemberg rayon. Not sure if I see US stores label it that way, though, or if maybe they just don’t carry it.

  7. Liz May 27, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    This is probably a silly question, but are there only certain things you could wear a slip with? I noticed that a few commentors yesterday were talking about cotton slips, but does it depend what you want to wear over it? Wouldn’t some fabrics create static?

    Thanks for the post – I feel very inspired to try it out!

  8. Radka May 27, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Both versions are very pretty, I love the details.

  9. susan May 27, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Some slips I remember seeing in the past had side slits for extra room when walking. They were trimmed with lace all around the slit so looked very pretty.

  10. Tasia May 27, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I like this one better, too. Thanks for all the great comments!

    @susan: Side slits were mentioned yesterday, too, it’s a great idea for making the slips more walkable! I love the idea of trimming the side-slit with lace. Maybe I’ll try that on the red one (version 3!)

    @Liz: You can wear a slip with anything! Of course, some things will work better. A slippery slip would be better under wool skirts, so the layers slide around smoothly and don’t stick. A soft cotton would be nice under a rayon skirt perhaps, something where the layers won’t grab onto each other, and where you really want the feel of cotton next to your skin.
    Synthetics can create static, but at least the slip is staticky not the skirt? I’ll let you guys know how the rayon works for static.

    @daiyami: Thanks for the links! The decorative lingerie elastic is what I was looking for in stores, like in Gertie’s tutorial, but couldn’t find it. Good to know where to stock up online!

    @Corinne: I used a regular zig-zag, that’s probably the problem! Too much strain on the fabric. Great tip about measuring, then sitting. That’s brilliant! (Though, it’s weird to think about myself expanding when I sit down… )

    @Karin: Great to hear you can bike in your slips! I only worry because the slips are straighter than my usual skirts, especially the first version, and they might be restrictive.

    @monkeysocks: Slip shorts are a cool idea! You could probably use a pyjama-pant pattern, or anything that was loose and elasticated. Something to try out in a future version!

    @Vicki Kate: Thanks for the tips on what might have caused the ripple seams! I think it’s a combination of the zigzag and the needle being too large – it’s the same needle I’ve used for the last three projects so it may be a little dull, too..

  11. Stephanie B May 27, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    I love this slip! Half slips are so nice and convenient! Yours have turned out lovely, too, which is a plus. I can’t wait to see the red one. I can’t believe it never occurred to me to make COLORED slips! I see a trip to the fabric store coming up!

  12. Kris May 27, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Hmm. Dressew has plain foldover elastic in all sorts of colours, but I’ve never seen decorative ones like what you have here.

    Thanks so much for the slip making ideas. I have some nylon tricot (nice because it stretches a bit) that I had set aside, but was lacking inspiration. :)

  13. CGCouture May 27, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Very nice! You should get lots of wear out of it. :-) I think you just used too large of a needle maybe? For delicate fabrics I was taught to use a 60/8 or 65/9 size needle. They are a pain to thread (even if you have a needle threader on your sewing machine), but work really well for the lighter fabrics. Interesting to know about the foldover elastic. I’ve done casings on most of my panties so far, but have purchased some foldover elastics to put on them. Do you suppose you could use a binder foot to apply them? Or can you only straight stitch with a binder foot?

  14. LittleGirlInWonderland May 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    The hem tape is such a great idea! I can’t remember ever having seen something like it in stores here in Belgium, though. I’m going to try the measuring whilst sitting down for my next slip too, as mine tends to ride up when I walk/sit down (and it’s not really all that elegant to have to pull the slip down when I get back up again, since that requires lifting my skirt higher than what’s considered modest).

  15. Mary May 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Have you tried inserting the waistband elastic with your serger? My mom also used to make slips inserting the waistband elastic using the 3-step zig zag or the knit overcast stich.

  16. Nadia May 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Am happy to call dibs on any reject versions that you don’t plan on keeping! The upside is I know they’ll fit! :D

  17. Miss Katie May 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I think this version is gorgeous, and that fold over elastic must have been a dream to work with! Thanks for posting these, you’ve given me lots of ideas, and I need some slips of my own!

  18. Sherry May 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    These are cute! I have a couple of skirts that I should line now that it is Winter and they are sticking to my tights! Maybe I should make a slip instead!

  19. Becky May 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Where do you find the fold-over elastic? I’d love to try that sometime, but they don’t carry it at Joann’s (my only local option.) Any good internet sources that you know of?

    Both slips look great!

  20. Zuzsa May 29, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    I like to bike in my slip. If it has enough ease (like your second version) it is really comfortable. I recommend not to bike in a tight slip. I did it once … with my very first selfsewn slip … and sadly it tear apart at the seams and the hem lace.
    Thank you for this nice tutorial, it was fun to read.

  21. Miss Marie May 29, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Just a thought on the lace – you mentioned with Slip 1 that you were worried that it would snag on your tights. My mum often finds that lace scratches her legs, so she sews a ribbon under the lace on her slips to prevent that happening. As you’re making your own slip, perhaps you could experiment with sewing the lace higher up, rather than on the hem? Or, if you want the pretty pattern of the lace to be clear, you could sew a lighter colour ribbon under the lace for contrast?

    As for biking in slips… maybe you should try experimenting with making bloomers instead!

  22. YYZ May 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Well done! I like both versions! My suggestion to help you get more ease without adding bulk around the middle/hips is to try cutting your slip on the bias. That way, it will give and stretch, but not ride up. Also, you probably need a “ballpoint” needle– these are used to sew delicate fabrics with fine weaves without causing those pesky strain marks you got on this version.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration– your slips are lovely and I am going to be trying your project soon! :)

  23. lsaspacey June 1, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I found that preshinking the lace trim in warm water also made it more pliable to use.

  24. Claire July 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Someone here mentioned skirts sticking to tights. I hate that too! I’d recommended not making your slip out of cotton as that will stick to tights too. Choose a slippy fabric, sorry for the pun! But, you know what I mean :-)


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