Before starting the project, those two things are to be done as a preparation.
Choice of fabric : To find the right material for your project is important. In my case, I had gotten this ivory color fabric sometime ago and I wasn't sure what to make out of it. Then I got another fabric that may suit to make a dress out of it but it was sheer so I thought to make a slip out of this ivory fabric.
Washing the fabric : This may depend on the fabric or where/when it came from etc but generally speaking, I think it is a good idea to wash fabric before starting to sew because in many cases, fabric left for some period of time could harbor insects and bugs.
Ironing : Depending on the fabric, ironing can make or break your sewing result! Unless you have fingers that can guarantee machine like precision when you sew, it is a good idea to iron the fabric and the seam the way you want to sew it!
I used a basic home sewing machine provided by Techshop.
Step 1: Cutting Fabric
I find that cutting fabric is one of the most important steps simply because if the fabric is cut not in the shape you want, however well you sew the garment, it won't look like as you imagined. Most people would buy or make patterns before cutting fabric, but since I'm a bit cheap and on the lazy side, I used my current slip to cut out the fabric as the shape I wanted. Also, t is important to add seam allowances.
I used rolling cutter to cut the fabric. To cut it easily, I used thick vinyl scraps, making it to the curved shape that I wanted to cut. Even then I wasn't able to cut 100 percent clean. I'm not very sure if it is possible to cut 100 percent clean without any specialized cutting machine or cnc machine.
Step 2: Taking Care of the Edges.
In most of cases, the edges of fabric are messy or are going to be messy overtime without being properly taken care of . There are a couple of ways to deal with this. Since I don't have enough amount of spools to change the serger machine threads, I'm going to use simple single stitch to sew the seams of this slip and make the edges a bit cleaner.
Step 3: Assembly
Once you have taken care of the edges, it is time to assemble those pieces. In my case, it means sewing the sides of those two cut fabrics. It seems generally it is better if they are both on the back side to each other when we sew.
Step 4: Attaching Shoulder Strings
Normally, strings would be made with the same fabric but in this case, for the convenience and the prettiness, I used a flowery decorative strip that I purchased sometime ago. I think it quite goes well with the fabric.
Step 5: Finish
Now it is done! I made it at Techshop in San Francisco downtown. I think it took me about 2.5 hours to finish all this. It isn't very cleanly sewn because it was my first project after finishing the sewing class. Maybe next time it will get better. I think practicing on the same fabric beforehand may help. Thanks for reading!