Baby’s Easter Slip & Tips

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slip for Baby’s Easter bow dress


This pink slip was made to be worn under granddaughter Vivian Rose’s white batiste Easter dress.  It create a soft pink shadow effect.


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The slip bodice was monogrammed with white thread.


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There are some interesting construction details on the slip.   As big fan of lace tape, I tried using it for the armscye facing and the placket.


slip armscye

lace tape facing


Having developed this product many years ago, I was surprised that the lace tape  recently purchased from Martha Pullen is very different from the original lace tape product.  Wendy Schoen bought the business from me, but she has recently closed her shop.   So I bought a good bit from Martha so I would have plenty on hand.

The new lace tape has a  heavier texture.  It is better for some uses like facings and shadow applique’ but is less suitable for some of my favorite heirloom techniques like lace insertion substitution.

Are you always trying something new?  Sometimes a “new” technique works out and other times it does not.  I was happy with the lighter finish to the armscyes, but the placket didn’t work out so well.  I won’t bore you with the details of that attempt, but the fix required a fold over much like Debbie Glenn’s Painless Placket.



Bow covers lace tape placket repair stitches.


Mindful of an heirloom sewing “rule”  learned years ago, I had to cover those visible machine stitches.  Desperately short of time, I simply tacked a bow over the exposed stitches. I have every intention of stitching a bullion rose in its place after Easter….hmmmmm…wishful thinking?




The fancyband at the hemline of the slip skirt was a leftover from the dress.  After joining this lace to the dress skirt, I decided that a single row of insertion was better.  But I hated to waste the lace and fancy entredeux.  So I removed it with one of my favorite sewing room tools, an Olfa Art Knife.


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After it was removed from the dress, a band of regular entredeux and edging were added to the slip fancyband.


Releasing the lace from the fancy entredeux would have been a colossal effort without the use of the  art knife.  I will be forever grateful to Mildred Turner for introducing me to this great tool, as well as other gems of knowledge she shared with me.

You can see that the header of the narrow insertion has been cut at the point where the art knife intersects it. This rarely happens but was likely due to my failure to follow Mildred’s careful instruction to “hold your mouth just right as you cut.”  Do you think she meant “hold your breath?”

I still have more Easter sewing to complete.  Almost finished is a Children’s Corner Callie with a vintage Liberty print with brown bunnies which will be shown soon.  I’m loving this pattern.  Also, I will be sharing some lovely photos of readers’ Easter garments.   Are you all finished with your Easter projects?


Was this mother up all night making her daughter's heirloom sewn Easter dress?

Was this mother up all night making her daughter’s heirloom sewn Easter dress?  She doesn’t look tired.  Maybe she ordered it from artist Esther Conrad Grant at Tiger Swallow Tales. It looks like batiste with a Battenburg collar.


6 responses to “Baby’s Easter Slip & Tips

  1. June Mellinger

    Thought of your love of Liberty fabric when reading Madeline L’Engle’s, Wrinkle in Time” yesterday. On one of the first pages she refers to Mrs. Whatsit wearing scarf made out of Liberty print. Made me chuckle that you had to be a stitcher to know what she was writing about.
    Interesting to hear that Wendy Shoen closed up shop. She is a nice lady. Worked with her many times when doing the Martha Pullen Sew Beautiful PBS show-another that has gone by the wayside.
    Have a Great Easter.
    June M

  2. Ha! It’s a good thing you DIDN’T hold your breath! I say don’t bother with the bullion, especially since it’s the slip and not the dress.

  3. Jo. it’s pretty unlikely that I will get that bow replaced with a bullion, but in a perfect world…….You know what I mean, Mrs. Perfectionist!

  4. June, though I was an English major, somehow I had never read this book. I’m in the middle of it now and really enjoy it. The reference to Mrs. Whatsit’s Liberty scarf just made me grin. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It is sad to see so many great sewing shows, people and magazines become unavailable to us. We’ll be relying more and more on the internet for education and information–like all the good stuff at Brother’s facebook page.

  5. Hello , is there any way that you could email me the designs for
    Vivian Rose’s white batiste Easter dress and pink slip,
    regards, Bev Campbell from Australia

  6. Bev, there was no machine embroidery on Vivian Rose’s Easter dress. The pink bows were yardage of Swiss embroidery. The slip designs (floral spray with bow and V) were purchased, copyrighted designs so I could not send them to you. I wish I could tell you the source but I didn’t save that info and can’t recall where in my design library they are. But they are not very unique.

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