Daffodil had previously passed me by, but when I saw the line drawings - a slip with a hankerchief hem - I thought that it would work for me. Pair that with some lovely tartan rayon that I had to hand, and I knew that my next project was good to go! The fabric is very soft and silky with a great drape. It does not cling - either to me or other fabric/clothes, so will (hopefully) work really well.
The original pattern has two pieces making up the front (and back) as well as having sleeves. I thought that it would work well as a one piece front (and back) and without sleeves.
I prefer to to wear a cardi over my slip, so sleeves are really not necessary to me. Having made my changes, this is what I ended up with:
And I love it! I actually made it too long, so I folded it up 3" which was one check, and you can just about see that around the dropped waistline level - I like to think of this as a design feature!!
I also found that as my fabric was 45" wide, I had to add a band on each side of the hankerchief skirt to compensate for the lack of width. In my head I devised lots of different ways to hide the seam - a bias binding strip, black ribbon trim, etc., but in the end, the seam was barely noticeable (I actually had forgotten about it), so I left it as it was. I bound the arms, neckline and hem with single fold bias binding, and OMG - check out how centralised it was on the centre front. Totally a fluke, but I'll take it!!
I added a single bias cut patch pocket with a bit of black lace as trim. Oh boy. Rayon fabric that has a lovely silky drape does not play nice on the bias. Hence just the one pocket!!!!
Of course, I added a patch centre upper back (the inside one has my label on it) and I used a scrap of lace (leftover from when I made a bra, see the second one down, here)
And here it is all dolled up. I took part in a '12 Days of Christmas' pledge wearing Tina Givens designs, and as I was at work on the day I wore this outfit, a bathroom selfie will have to suffice! I am wearing it here with a pinstriped Patricia skirt (which it appears I haven't previously blogged about) and a black jersey/Lycra McCalls 6168 cardi. I LOVE this look, and have some rayon in another tartan to make another.
Tartan Daffodils anyone?
Edit: Further to Lisa's question about having to add side panels, this is what I meant:
The solid vertical black lines are the edges of the fabric with the fold being on the right. The pattern piece extends outside of the fabric (the dotted line on the left) so I had to cut that piece separately (actually there were four additional pieces, front and back, left and right extension pieces) and then attach them to the main body of the slip.
And now you can see why I sew and I'm not an illustrator!!! I hope that helps.