the needed infrastructure
Lately I have been dissatisfied with my underwear. Well, actually, just with the slips. They have been uncooperative, to say the least, and occasionally downright recalcitrant. Not the stunning vintage full slips (like this one, click on the photo to check out the eBay auction), the ones I found a whole mint new-with-tags lot of a couple years ago — those are fine, content to be used as nightgowns and to occasionally have a day out under a dress. It’s the half slips that are giving me trouble. Well, the half slips and the tights, who together are having a little static electrical energy festival that need to Be Stopped. Not to mention that the half slips are deciding, en masse, either to revolt against the tyranny of elastic or to join the low-rise movement, and so their waistbands are getting saggier and saggier.
I keep hunting around online for great heavy nylon slips, but they seem to have gone the way of the dodo — there are only a few specimens left, and they’re all very expensive, or fugly, or both. (I must have paid a lot more attention when The Sewist did her poll on slips.)
So I think I’m going to make some half slips. heavy silk (from Thai Silks and Dharma Trading Company) are surprisingly cheap, especially in the quantities you’d need for a slip. I can find some great lace trim, too, that will help weight down the bottom of the slip, and, not incidentally, look nice.
In fact, I think (since I have a lot more than a month before I have to travel again) that I will spend this next little bit of sewing time making a few slips, and also sorting through the large Plastic Bin of tights to separate the holey goats from the whole sheep, and also setting up them by color, so that I don’t spend the night before my next departure turning things upside down trying to find the one pair of thick lycra tights that I *know* I had in teal …
Anyone have any slip-sewing tips, or sources for really great lingerie elastic? I will make a followup sources and ideas from the comments … and, with any luck, a picture of the slips I’ve made!
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