Resources for Ladies Princess Slip #0336

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

Princess Slip #E0336

Pattern Review Checklist:

  1.  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 .
  2.  Pattern Sizing: Bust: 36″ Hip: 47″ Waist: 32″
  3.  Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing  it? Exactly!
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Would you recommend this pattern to others? Absolutely, especially re-enactors and also as a very femine summer dress.
  9. 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.