Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sew Free for Your Valentine--or Yourself!

Happy Valentine's Day my dear readers!  I am so thankful for all of you, and am sending lots of love your way today!

The Sew Free Project is turning out to be a lot of fun for me.  Hopefully, it's equally as much fun for you!  When I first started compiling free patterns, I thought I would have a few good ones and not much else.  It turns out that I was wrong.  So far, on my pinterest board, I've compiled so many free patterns that I could sew from only free patterns for a couple years, and still not get through them all!  It's amazing.  If you haven't checked out the board yet, do it!  There are so many patterns!

Anyway, now that I've gushed about my love of sewing free, let me share my latest sew free project with you, The Ruby Slip, just in time for Valentine's Day!

My slip is not "ruby"

Pattern: Pattern Scissors Cloth's Ruby Slip.  It's a bias-cut slip with a scalloped lace bodice.  It's a free, printable, pdf pattern.  The pattern was pretty easy to cut out and put together.  My only gripe was that the pieces were "burda style,"  meaning they were all overlapping.  Even though I'd normally just cut out a pdf pattern, (knowing I can always print it again) I had to trace off the pattern pieces.  After taping all those pieces together, I didn't really want to trace.  Not that big of a deal, just saying.

Sizing: According to the size chart, I fell in between a size 10 and 12 ( I have a 28.5 inch waist in case you care).  I cut a size 12 to be on the safe side.  My bust, on the other hand fell in the range of the size 14.  This pattern was drafted for a B-cup, which I am not... I figured I would just do a FBA if I needed to, and cut a size 12 all over.

Did it look like the picture/drawing? Yes.  Exactly.  Except I like my colors better!

Fabric Used:  I went to my local fabric shop and got this amazing 100% silk Betsey Johnson Fabric and some scalloped stretch lace.  I bought 1.5 yards of each, and had just enough.  My lace was not quite wide enough, so I improvised by adding a second row of scallops on the longest piece.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  They were! I followed them for the first half of construction, then I finished on my own.  The construction was very straightforward, so I didn't have any trouble!

What I love most: The fabric.  It's really, really gorgeous, very soft, and has a lovely drape.  I also love the lace.  I think they just look so pretty together, and I'm so happy with how it turned out.
A close-up of my fabric

What I would do differently if I made it again: I would cut the skirt in a 10.   I would NOT cut a different size in the bodice, however.  Keep in mind I'm a DD cup (sorry if that's TMI, guys), and this fit me, but I am very petite.  I have very narrow shoulders, and a small rib cage, so I think that's why I was able to get away without the FBA.  If you are above a B cup and are not a narrow lady, make sure you do a FBA.

Pattern alterations:  I ended up taking in about 2 inches in the ribcage, but if I had cut a smaller size, that probably wouldn't have been needed.  I also double scalloped one of the bodice pieces, but that's just because I forgot to measure my lace before I bought it.  Oops.

Recommended? Yes!  So pretty and drapey...

Final thoughts: Go make one! It's an easy, quick way to make yourself feel special on Valentine's Day!  Or, you could make one later.  It's just so pretty!  Sewing something with no purpose but looking pretty was so much fun! 

PS--Sorry for the horrible pictures, guys! It's hard to photograph sheer things...I'm certainly not modeling for you ;)

Happy Valentines Day!


  1. Very nice! That Betsy Johnson fabric is gorgeous - great choice. ;-)

  2. love this! so pretty for valentines day :) where do you buy the betsey johnson fabric???

  3. I found it at this little fabric store a block from my house in Astoria. It's called Astoria Fashion Fabric. It's packed to the brim with fabrics, and it's not very organized, but the place is a gem!

  4. I have always wanted to make this pattern but was too scared. Your version is beautiful! Makes me want to try it out!

  5. You should! I was scared at first, too-especially with the lace. It was a breeze to get through and not nearly as scary as it sounds! Plus, making flimsy, pretty things is so fun!