DIY | How to Make Your Own Extender Slip
One of my all time favorite tv series is Little House on the Prairie. I would also like to say that I used to read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series all the way through once a year through my upper elementary and middle school years. Anywho, one of the fun things about the show was their dresses with their petticoats peaking for the bottom.
Extender slips have come back onto the scene as a way to add a vintage-feminine style. I’ve seen some on blogs and sold in etsy shops, so I decided that I would make one myself. It’s a fairly easy project – if you know how to sew a straight line, you can definitely do this!
- A half-slip (this one from Target is the one I used)
- cotton trim (about ‘6 wide)
I picked this trim because I liked the eyelets on the edge. You should look for trim that has a nice scallop or detail that will show through. Also, I recommend picking cotton trim versus silk. Otherwise, it’ll look like your unmentionables are showing. The cotton trim makes it look more intentional.
If the slip has slits on the side, sew them up first!
Step 1: Determine the desired length. I tried the slip on with a variety of skirts/dresses to see how long it needed to be. I found that the original length, 22″, was perfect.
Step 4: Sew! Where you start the needle, make sure to leave a few inches hanging (see Step 5). Another tip – the slip material will stretch a bit as it is sewed to the trim. Just be aware that you will likely need 1-2′ more of trim to accommodate that so don’t cut the trim yet.
Step 5: Finish the ends. This is the trickiest part. Since you are sewing on a linear object to a circle, you need to somehow make the linear object (the trim) into a circle. At the ends, you will sew the ends of the trim together before going back and sew that last part to the slip.
As you can see, it’s a really easy project. I think I spent more time at the fabric store picking out the trim then it took to actually make this. Enjoy!
With Anthropologie Verdant Slip Dress