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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2008 09:19:59 PM »

 Cheesy  I buy vintage slips in thrifts stores and such, and then dye them, usually with dylon, they take the dye really well. Most of them are made of nylon, although once in awhile cotton or rayon, or mystery fiber.. I also see some colored ones from time to time. I have a really pretty red one I am planning to use soon! As for the patterns, sometimes I draw them myself , sometimes I purchase patterns, or get free ones on the internet. Old books with line drawings are a good source. Sometimes I use photos and change them to b&w in photoshop, and play with them to simplify the lines, then trace them to make a pattern, since I am pretty awful at drawing. I usually trace my pattern onto solvy rather than transfer it on to the slip, then embroider away! It's kind of labor intensive/time consuming to do but not super difficult or expensive. Just takes a fair amount of time and patience to get it all done! I definitely recommend hand washing, both because of the dye and the embroidery.
You should definitely give it a try! It doesn't require a huge investment of anything except patience!
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