Gertrude Slip. Embellished!Baby Slips are an essential item in a baby's wardrobe. They keep baby comfortable and warm and they flatter the gown or dress worn over them. A "Gertrude" is a style of slip or petticoat that buttons at both shoulders. As the baby's comfort became the focus of infants clothing at the end of the 1800's, the Gertrude was considered superior. It did not restrict baby's movement and was easily removed without disturbing the baby's other clothing when it became wet (a frequent occurrence before rubber pants which preceded disposable diapers).
Slip Front and Back are cut on the fabric fold. I am using the slip from Priscilla's Layette pattern.
The fabric selvages must meet in the middle because both slip front and back are cut on a fabric fold. This can be tedious because you must measure from the selvage to the fold from one end of the fabric to the next to make sure fabric is on grain.
Let me show you an easy way to do this.
Match selvages evenly.
First fold fabric right sides together, matching selvages. Smooth fabric.
Use your thumbnail to score (crease) the fabric fold.Crease the fabric fold. This will mark the center of your fabric. Open up fabric so crease line is in the center. Now, just fold each selvage in to meet the fabric center crease line. You can quickly measure to check but it will be right.
Fabric selvages meet in the center!! Easy!
Use your pattern slip pieces and pattern instruction guide to aid you in the layout, marking and cutting our process. For detailed pictures and instructions for Pinning, Marking and Cutting out see the Lesson from Priscilla Daygown Lesson 3.
Next Lesson will be the Shell Hem. That stitch will be used to finish the armholes and the neck (instead of the lace).