Hot! The “Bad Romance” Slip

The Facts

Fabric: about 1.5 metres of lingerie stuff, ~$0.50 from Fabric-a-brac
Pattern: Vogue 9350
Year: 1957
Notions: about 1.5 metres of pink ribbon
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: for these photos about 10 minutes after I finished the slip
Wear again? Yep – I made it the perfect length for under my Owls About It dress
Bump: 27 weeks
Total cost: ~$0.50

Altogether now…. “you and me, caught in a bad romance….” That Gaga, she writes some catchy tunes!

But anyway. The other ‘bad romance’ reference is that trashy romance novel I’m holding in my hot little hands in this shoot. Yes, I admit it – I’m consuming far too many of these things these days. Pregnancy brain = lack of ability to concentrate on anything more worthwhile. *sigh*

So, this slip. With this week’s theme being all about things inspired by holidays/leisure, I got to thinking. It’s not really a good time for me to make a swim suit (6 months pregnant + middle of winter here). So it had to be something inspired by a winter getaway. Snow suits (and in fact, skiing) aren’t really my thing. What I do love about winter getaways though is hanging out in a hotel room, nice and warm, feeling pampered and reading a good book. Yes indeed! That’s my kinda holiday.

And if you’re lazing around in a hotel room with a good book on holiday, you need something slightly glamorous to be lazing around in, right?

Just like swimsuits, fancy lingerie isn’t really quite right about now. So instead, I bring to you – a maternity slip from 1957.

Quite a cunning design, the bottom sections are cut on the bias, and the front panel joins the bodice just below the bust, meaning there are no uncomfortable seams over a baby bump. It crosses over at the back, which makes it fully adjustable as bumps get bigger. (Although I must admit I didn’t cross it too well in these photos. Oops!)

As for that strip of yellow at the bottom? That’s another one of these slips, which I haven’t hemmed yet. So I’ll show that off another day – for now, it’s there for modesty’s sake.

And on that note, I’m going to waddle away and hum some more Lady Gaga while reading a trashy romance novel.



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. Wow Kat you are looking gorgeous! What a great slip – that is clever the way the bias section is over the bump – I think you would get lots of use from this after bub is here too – very practical. Nice sewing on a difficult fabric. I read “I capture the castle” after I have gave birth – Teen age fiction – not too taxing!!

    • Thanks Trish! I actually found this fabric surprisingly easy to sew (a lot easier than I was expecting!)

      May have to go hunt that book out – thanks for the suggestion. :-)

  2. what a clever design with the wrap at the back and ties at the side! love the shiny choice of fabric, too! looking forward to seeing what you do with the yellow one.

  3. Kat, you are just beautiful! 27 weeks already? Wow, time has been flying! You slip is beautiful, it’s a great colour and fit on you.

  4. What a pretty slip. Its such a good idea to make yourself some pretty things while your pregnant.

  5. You and the slip are stunningly beautiful. That sounds like a great winter holiday to me.

  6. What a beautiful slip [love the colors]. Mama you are looking fantastic..

  7. I love that slip! The color is pretty and you did a great job putting it together. I bet the fabric feels really nice too!

  8. Sexy mama! Love your photoshoot. You tell an amusing story ;)

  9. Beautiful colour and very clever shaping to accommodate the bump. Blimey woman, I looked a complete mess in my pregnancies….you are the definition of radiant…..and I love your tattoos! You carry on with your trashy fiction, it’s clearly doing your brain good :)

  10. You look lovely in your slip, I love that you made a maternity slip and I haven’t got around to making a normal one in 18 months of SW. You look blooming x

  11. I could get used to your kind of holiday! Love the color and what a totally smart design. Oh, and I love it that you put you put your bump in the facts. ;) Congratulations on being a mom soon. I sincerly wish you that your kid will sleep more than mine. Whenever I had pregnancy related problem during my pregnancy I always said to my husband: “This kid had better be really cute for causing so much trouble to me.” I think that was a stupid wish – 50% cuteness would have still been cute enough. I should have said: “This kid had better be a good sleeper.” Oh well, next time I’ll know… ;)

  12. Ooh…what a striking tattoo…love it almost as much as that slip. Very nice!

  13. I love this 50’s maternity slip, I could of done with a few of these through my pregnancies. It looks very comfy and the colour suits you. That’s some wicked ink you have there Kat. I’m taking my little GaGa to see Lady GaGa this Thursday. She’s so excited and I’m looking forward to the 15 wardrobe changes she makes. Woot :)