It’s 113 degrees today. But it’s a DRY heat. Yeah, so much so that my skin could be mistaken for a lizards. In the summer I live in sundresses. It’s always the same formula. My uniform consists of a cotton dress, cute sandals and fun baubles varied only by color.
I am old school. I like coverage. If my summer dresses are sleeveless they always have wide straps so that my dedicates don’t show.
But the thought of pulling on a heat trapping nylon slip left me in a pool of sweat. Trust me when I say that I have looked high and low for a nice cotton slip. They are available as vintage lovelies on Ebay but I grew tired of the bidding wars. They could also be found in special lingerie shops but I didn't want to pay $40 for a slip.
A slip had given me the slip! What's a girl to do?
Then one day I was opening a package from my Grandma Jingles. Inside the box was an antique doll wrapped in bubble wrap and covered with a lovely vintage cream colored cotton pillowcase. Given that all of my beds have 2 pillows each I wondered how I could use this lovely bit of bliss. Then it hit me like a cotton concussion. I was going to make a slip. So I grabbed the scissors and snipped off the closed end.
Next, the edge was folded down 2" and given a good creasing with a hot iron.
The fabric edge was then turned under 1" and again given a good pressing.
I did not sew the edge completely closed. An opening was left that a safety pin, attached to a strip of elastic that fit my waist, would fit through. Then once again it was time to pull and gather.
Once the elastic was completely through, I sewed both ends together very well. Then I finished sewing the seam closed.
My slip took me all of about 20 minutes to make. I have found a few more single pillowcases in my stash and plan to sew two pillowcases together for a shorter, fuller slip. Two pillowcases would also work well for a curvier gal who needs a bit more fabric to work with. This slip is so cool and pretty that I don't even mind if it "Snows down south."
Have a Happy 4th of July.