Clothing alterations; adding to a slip to make it correctly fit

So, another thing that I tried out in January was learning a new stitch, and using it on a boob-tube style slip that I purchased that just wouldn’t stay up (but that’s why it’s called a slip, right? Hur hur).

First things, the new stitch:

First, second and third attempts

First, second and third attempts

The stitch is commonly known as broomstick lace crochet, and there is a really good tutorial for it when you follow this link.

I didn’t have a big knitting needle, but I did have a recorder. So…

Necessity is the mother of improvisation?

Necessity is the mother of improvisation?

I used chain stitch around the top of the slip. This was a platform to build my broomstick lace stitches on to.

Chain stitch

Chain stitch

Then I completed the actual stitches:

2013-01-24 20.42.27Finishing off the lace around the top of the garment, I then created two long chains for the straps and cast on the recorder part to complete some lace that would be attached and used as straps.

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After finishing the two long strands of broomstick lace crochet, it was a simple matter of hand sewing the other end of the lace down in the right position to create the strap.

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I was very fortunate to find a wool in such a similar colour.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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2 Responses to Clothing alterations; adding to a slip to make it correctly fit

  1. No final-product picture? you need to put it on and model it!

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