Saturday, July 25, 2009

Make a Pretty Scalloped Edge Slip

In this tutorial, I showed you how to make a vintage-inspired half slip without a pattern. Now, here's an easy and elegant variation with a scalloped edge.

Simply follow the directions for the slip, until you get to the part where you sew lace on the bottom. Instead of lace, we're going to use a decorative satin stitch known as a scallop stitch.

First, spray the bottom of the slip with a spray starch. (Test this out first to make sure it doesn't damage your fabric.) This keeps the fabric firm and prevents bunching while you're sewing the satin stitch.

Next, choose your stitch. Most every modern machine has a "scallop stitch" and this is what you want. Here's what the symbol will look like:
Play around on some scrap fabric first to get the stitch width and length you want.

Once you're happy with the stitch, sew the stitch about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the slip edge, all the way around.

Cut closely to the scallop stitch, being very careful not to cut into it.

That's it! You have a lovely scalloped edge finish. You can use this stitch on anything--dresses, jammies, skirts, blouses. Go wild!


  1. That is too cute, thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi! love the slip and the scalloped edge. Check you out later.

  3. I wish I knew about the starch trick three projects ago!
    Thanks for the tip!

  4. Oooh, pretty scalloped hem! Love it! I need to start buying fabric to make 1/2 slips instead of buying them.

  5. Fantastic tip! This would be great on linings as well!

    I love your pink-handled scissors! Where did you get them? Do they come in left-handed too?

  6. Thanks a lot for the tutorial! This slip looks beautiful. What kind of thread did you use for that? I've just tried cotton thread on silk and it looks kinda cheap.


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