Added Mar 13, 2012
I used the Magic Pattern, Magic Bias Slip for Summer Frocks on page138 of Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions.
I was surprised at how well the Bias Slip fits! I thought that it would be baggy and loose, but on the body it clings and moves. It is so seductively sexy and well, magic! I will wear this slip under period dresses and possibly all by itself. I think that the bias provides a remarkable fit on all sorts of bodies, any woman will feel sexy in this!
Although the pattern provides a square to fill in the top at the back, I liked the look of the pattern on page 139, so I left the back with a “V”.
To modify the pattern to my size, I only added one inch to the squares, based upon the notes on page 233. It went together beautifully, albeit, it is somewhat confusing at first. Thinking of all of the straight lines wrapping around curves, it seems impossible but works fabulously.
The slip fits better on my body than it does on the dress form.
It is so meant to be danced in!
To make this fabulous garment, I bought Rayon, (invented in 1884 in France, rayon was originally named artificial silk or wood silk, but the name rayon was created in 1924), and then dyed the rayon Shocking Pink, in honor of Elsa Schiaparelli. I liked this color because Mae West was one of her inspirations. I am physically similar to Ms. West (ahem), so the color is perfect. My photos do not show just how pink that the Magic Bias Slip is!
The straps are silk ribbon, wide enough to cover a bra strap.
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