It started when I was thinking about some new fall outfits. Last spring I made a tunic (described here). I liked the tunic with the ruffle showing, but the dress and tunic together were just too lumpy. I decided that more of a slip would be a better solution.
I started pulling things that might work. I found a rayon crepe with a soft green and gray print that would be really lovely with the tunic, and it also went nicely with a linen gingham that I had considered for my DOL retreat (described here), but hadn't used. Maybe they could be a 'slip'? There were several ribbons and twill tapes that would make great straps...other pieces of linen that picked up the colors in the rayon print...
There was a great wool jacquard that would make a top that could go over the slip so I would have two options...do you see where this is going? Round and round....
Finally, I turned off my monkey brain and focused on the slip!
I started with a hand stitched piece...I wasn't sure where it might end up, but the stitching was calming and didn't require too many decisions!! I knew it needed to be soft and light so I used two layers of cotton gauze... a light gray and a piece with green warp and blue weft...as my base.
I really liked the subtle colors and soft texture that emerged as I stitched rows across my gauzes.
I thought I was going to use the gingham for the bodice of the slip, but I had used a couple of shiny threads for my stitched piece and I found a metallic linen that really made the stitching pop.
The rayon crepe was only about 36 inches wide so I had to really work to get the skirt pieces of my slip to fit.
A linen ribbon forms the straps. What's a slip without pockets!
'Arty' photo taken by Mr. Sewphie.
(please don't tell my Doctor that I shed my lovely boot for the photo shoot!)
Sooooo...I love the slip...BUT...don't like it any better with the tunic!!!
Should I make the wool jacquard top to wear with it...or just leave well enough alone?!
Maybe a cookie to think about it....
...and some milk...