Here are the resources for the fabric, lace that I used in my Princess Slip I am a retailer for Bear Threads (they only sell wholesale). For the slip I used: Bearissma 55″/140cm wide cotton Swiss batiste that retails for $ 27.95 yd. This is the finest cotton batiste I have found. It is slightly translucent and a bit pricy, but I decided if I was going to invest so much of my time doing heirloom, I wanted to use the best. Bearissima II 55″/140cm wide cotton Swiss batiste retails for $28.95 yd. This is as fine as Bearissima, but isn’t as translucent, being slightly heavier.
These products were purchased from Martha Pullen’s on line store (store.marthapullen.com) : 1″ wide French Lace insertion:# 5111 1″ wide French Lace Edging:# 5110 1 2/3″ wide Victorian Embroidered Beading: # 28934
I am a Martha Pullen Licensed Heirloom Sewing Instructor. This book is my favorite resource for Heirloom Sewing: “Heirloom Sewing for Women: French Sewing by Machine” by Martha Campbell Pullen
A great resource for heirloom serging is: : “Heirloom Sewing by Serger” video by Martha Pullen and Kathy McMakin
Pattern Review Checklist:
- Pattern Description: Princess Slip with lace insertion on the princess seams, flounce and around a rectangular shaped neckline; eyelet beading with satin ribbon to pull in neckline to fit; lace edging around neckline and armholes; accordion pleated flounce .
- Pattern Sizing: Bust: 36″ Hip: 47″ Waist: 32″
- Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Exactly!
- Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes, but I chose to construct it differently. I didn’t sew side seams until after the neckline and armhole lace was attached. I made French seams as narrow as I could, since I wanted a slightly larger size.
- What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the lace insertion and flounce, even though it was took a great deal of time to pleat. ( I would have used a magic pleater if I could have found mine)
- Fabric Used: Bearissima Cotton Batiste; French cotton lace insertion 1″ wide; cotton eyelet beading 1 2/3″ wide; edging lace 1″ wide; double faced silk satin 1″ wide ribbon
- Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I needed more room across the back, so I added a buttonhole placket and a button extension placket. The buttonhole packet hid the buttons. This slip could be used as a lightweight summer dress…a lingerie dress as they were called during Victorian and Edwardian eras.
- Would you recommend this pattern to others? Absolutely, especially re-enactors and also as a very femine summer dress.
- Conclusion: This pattern is time intensive with all the lace detail and the flounce. I would say it was for medium to advanced sewists unless very specific instructions were provided.