I'm working on another article for Classic Sewing Magazine, a cute baby dress with fine embroidery, lace insertions, entredeux and gathered lace. The lace insertion is stitched down the dress front thereby showing what is underneath the dress because its', well, LACE: open, airy, beautiful and very special. My hand shadow's through the laces.
Now some folks may think it's crazy to put a slip on a baby. Why bother?? Well, let me give you some reasons.....
The slip fills in the area behind the lace. I've matched the slip color (white) to the lace and the center embroidered motif of the pink gingham dress. This is the dress with slip underneath it.
The slip fills out the dress, not like the old crinolines (heaven forbid!) but it does make the dress look prettier and shows the design(s) better. These dresses are the same pattern as the pink gingham one.
The slip covers up those patterned diapers! There's nothing more distracting to whomever is adoring the baby than to see those awful designs shadowing through the beautiful baby dress. In the photo below you can see the back placket showing through. Just imagine a patterned diaper: very distracting.
What type of slip is the best for each particular dress? One that's made from the same pattern as the dress. It's easy to do: just eliminate the dress sleeves and use the same skirt and bodice patterns for the slip. Cut the seam allowance off around the armholes and neckline. Cut off enough of the skirt bottom to make sure it doesn't show beyond the finished dress skirt bottom. If lace, etc, is going to be added to the slip bottom, cut off a little more from the slip skirt pattern. Construct the slip in the same order as the dress. Use a hand shell stitch to finish the neckline and armholes.
And there you have it: