I spent most of the weekend sewing up my Cinnamon slip.
Colette Cinnamon slip, made up in size 4 (US)
Silk / cotton voile from Ditto Fabrics - I bought 2 metres.
The pattern is graded "intermediate" and I think that is fair.
Sewing on the bias is quite tricky, especially with a fine fabric like this one.
I found some of the instructions a trifle opaque - in particular the part where you sew the back and the front together, where the descriptions of "upper" and "lower" bodice didn't seem quite right.
But I got through it OK.
I would have liked to have used French seams, but wasn't sure if this would work on the bias, so I ended up stitching everything with a tiny zigzag, and folding under all the raw edges and finishing the folded edges with another row of zig zag.
It felt like making dolls' clothes! So many tiny stitches!
I attempted to finish the hem with a scalloped edge, but the bias was stretching all over the place. I believe I could have avoided this with spray-on starch... but I don't own such a commodity, so I gave up and just turned it under twice and finished with yet another line of zig zags. I used a lot of thread!
Turning the straps the right way out was a breeze compared to the trauma of pressing them flat. I had to separate the layers with a pin and inch my way along... through 4 chapters of my Brighton Rock audio book! Having finally got them smooth and straight I ran a couple of rows of (you guessed it) zig zags down their length to prevent a similar mess every time I wash the slip.
I don't know how I feel about threading the straps through the fronts to gather them above the bust: even in this fine fabric it is more bulky than I would have liked.
Why, yes, it is a very pretty little slippy garment!
But I can't see me wearing it as an everyday underskirt.
It is much more of a summer nightdress, with definite heirloom qualities.
I imagined I was sewing a piece for a trousseau as I worked away on this flimsy piece of nothing-ness.
It seems so fragile - as if it is the zig zagging that is holding it together.
Will I make another? I am not sure. I have the same fabric in a darker shade of peachy pink, and I know that it is far too see-through to use for anything that anyone will ever see! So this pattern is perhaps ideal.
I would never consider making Cinnamon as an actual dress - it is far too revealing.
Or maybe I am just feeling grey today ;)