Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Black Edwardian Slip with Ruffled Bust


I'm liking these combination garments more and more. Kudos to late-19th and early-20th century dress reformers - kiss, kiss! Edwardian slips are lighter, easier to wear, and cut down on waist bulk. The Rational Dress Society would certainly approve! 

My idea was to create a combination petticoat and ruffled corset cover to enhance the effects of the pouter pigeon blouse I recently made from black cut-work velvet. My inspiration came from a black silk Edwardian princess-cut slip I remembered a gazillion pictures ago at some museum's online collection (I could not find it - dang you, Google!). The original slip was a later Edwardian style with a fitted bodice embellished with a softer lace and ribbon treatment, similar to Lauren's. However, I wanted (more likely needed) a little more puff and fluff:

The slip is constructed from black taffeta and closes in front with 11 black metal snaps and one eye and hook at the waist.

Blessings and happy sewing!


  1. That is absolutely gorgeous! I want one

  2. I know this is an old post, but I need to make a couple of these slips for a musical that our high school is performing, one with the ruffles on the bodice and one without. Did you use a pattern for this. I can't find one anywhere. I know I could piece it together but why reinvent the wheel. Any help would be appreciated.

  3. Hi Cindy,
    While I do have stock patterns for certain undergarments (it just makes work a little easier), particularly hoops and bustles, I drafted a pattern for these slips. There's two OOP patterns you might be able to find that are similar to the black slip: Simplicity 5905 & 7157. Check Ebay and Etsy. Happy sewing!