5/29/12

Tutorial: No-Sew Extender Slip

A couple months back I had a guest post on Clothed Much where I shared a tutorial for making an extender slip.  I just wanted to share the tutorial here, because now that the weather is warm it's time to start breaking out those dresses and skirts!  I have seen so many cute dresses lately, but most of them are just a bit too short for my liking.  However, all I have to do is put an extender slip underneath and that problem is solved!

I have purchased these wonderful accessories from a local boutique, but I never found any that were exactly what I wanted. Then I thought, "Hey, maybe I could make one." I must say that I have absolutely no sewing skills and my crafting skills are limited, so I decided to make this a "no-sew" project. If you have a sewing machine, feel free to sew on the trim, instead of using the fabric adhesive.
First, apply fabric adhesive to the bottom edge of the slip, in 6 inch sections.  Press the edge of trim firmly against adhesive for 10-15 seconds before proceeding to next 6 inch section.
 Once you reach the end, cut the trim and glue it down.
This is what your slip should look like with one layer of trim.
Add a second layer above the first.  The spacing will depend on the size of your trim.  I chose to leave about an inch between layers.  Make sure your adhesive line is straight!
Once you reach the end of the second layer, cut the trim and glue it down.
Add as many layers as you would like.  Here is my slip with 3 layers!
This project only took about 15 minutes and cost less than $15! If you already have an old slip, it would only cost a few dollars for the trim and a few dollars for the fabric adhesive. Slip extenders are seriously my lifesaver in summer...they make dressing modest super simple!  I hope you will try this and be sure to let me know if you do!

62 comments:

  1. LOVE IT! This is such a great way to add an extra something something to any outfit.

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    1. Thank you! I know, I love the look it adds...gives it a kind of vintage feel :)

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  2. I love this! So stinkin' cute with the ruffles :) Although, with the glue, I'm not too sure how well it will hold up in the wash. Do you know by chance? You would probably have to hand wash and hang dry I assume?

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I just hand wash it and lay out to dry. I have washed it a couple times now and it has held up fine. I don't think it would do well in the washing machine though. I will probably do an adhesive touch up before I wash it again. You could definitely sew on the trim, but I just don't have the skills for that, haha!

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  3. Love this! I keep thinking I they should sell something like this, but now I can make one for myself! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You definitely should try it, so easy!

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  4. That is an amazing idea! I cling tightly to my maxi skirts, and I shy away from anything over the knee- for both comfort and modesty's sake. Maybe this way, I can broaden my horizons!

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    1. Seriously, it makes shopping for cute dresses/skirts way easier...although I do love a good maxi skirt :)

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  5. What a great idea and it does sound and look so simple. I'm going to have to try this. It looks absolutely lovely in the outfit you've got on :)

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! You definitely should try it :)

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  6. So Cute!! And you are so smart!!

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    1. Thank you...I'm not always the brightest bulb, but sometimes I have good ideas!

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  7. I love this idea and need to try it for work! You could even get a variety of trim colors & mix it up! Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

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  8. This is perfect timing for me! I recently bought one of these awesome extender skirts but its very plain and I was thinking of adding lace to it...now I know how! And I was unaware there was such thing as fabric adhesive! I too can't sew AT ALL and will def be looking into that!

    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. The fabric adhesive makes it so easy, but you will probably want to hand wash it...or at least put it on the delicates cycle in the washing machine!

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  9. What an awesome tutorial! Thanks so much for posting it on here (: I really need to do this to a few of my skirts that are a tad too short!

    xx
    Cecilia

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  10. Can you believe that I don't own a slip? I know I should, and your post makes me believe that I could make my own. Great tutorial.

    Thanks for the follow on Twitter, as well!

    Sarah
    Cable Car Couture

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  11. such a cute idea!! i love it!

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  12. This is great!
    I own at least 3 slips... All with extenders BUT I paid, like $30 each! ouch!
    I might just have to try this!!

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    1. Yeah, they are kind of expensive to buy. I bet you could find a slip at a thrift store for a couple bucks and it would be super cheap to make!

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  13. I love this! When I was in the youth program at church it was hard to find dresses that were long enough and modest. I ended up sewing black lace on a few dresses to make them modest. I love this tutorial!

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    1. I bet they looked really cute with lace sewn on! I just don't have a sewing machine or the skills to use one :)

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  14. So glad you reposted this! Definitely need to do this with some of my skirts!
    Ashley

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  15. You are my hero! Seriously, I recently passed up tons of cute summer dresses because they were just too darn short! I can't wait to try this, as it's something I think even I could do. Thanks so much for sharing!
    -Kristen

    The Mrs. and The Momma

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    1. Thanks! I am horrible at most crafty things, but this is super easy :)

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  16. I am your newest follower! I look forward to adding some much needed style to my life! Cute tutorial!

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  17. Great tutorial! Thanks for linking up to WIWW! Be sure to grab the badge and comment on the post :)

    http://transatlanticblonde.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/what-i-wore-wednesday-guns-n-roses.html

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  18. Wow I so LOVE this!! And I dont have a sewing machine, so this is totally awesome!

    ~Maria-Isabel
    www.agapelovedesigns.com

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  19. L O V E!! Totally trying this - thank you!!

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  20. This is awesome,who wouldn't love it!
    www.blissfulsewing.blogsot.com

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  21. What a neat idea! I'm following you on bloglovin now.

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  22. Love this! One of my coworkers did this and it looks so pretty =)

    Visiting from Someday Crafts

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  23. LOVE! And you made it look so simple!! I would love for you to share on my weekly Linky Party Blog Stalking Thursday.

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-stalking-thursday-43.html

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  24. Your skirt looks great! Love the colors!

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  25. You had me at no sew! :) I CAN sew, but if it's simple and awesome enough to get away without it, the better!!!

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  26. This is a great idea. I will be trying this soon :)
    Thanks!
    http://mysticmandy.blogspot.com

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  27. Oh my goodness so very cute! This is fabulous and I would love for you to share at our Fabulous Friday Party! Have a fantastic week!
    http://www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com/2012/06/fabulous-friday-party.html

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  28. Jenny, This is so cute! I would never have thought to use lace to add length to a slip. And it adds not only length but personality. Thanks for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Have a wonderful week.

    Michelle

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  29. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! It is all fabulous!

    I would be absolutely honored to have you link this up on my Casual Friday link up party starting today, it would be perfect!

    Thanks!
    Allison http://twothirtyfivedesigns.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks! Sorry it took me a while...but I'm all linked up!

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  30. wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info.Very exclusive photo and article thanks for sharing. Thanks for all of your hard work!

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  31. Thanks for sharing this fab idea on Fabulous Friday. I LOVED your addition to the party! Have a great weekend.

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  32. SUPER cute!!! Def trying this!!! :) :)

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  33. What a great idea and tutorial. Love this idea. I would love if you would link it to my Wednesday blog party. www.adornedfromabove.com
    Sincerely
    Debi Bolocofsky

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  34. What a great idea and tutorial. Love this idea. I would love if you would link it to my Wednesday blog party. www.adornedfromabove.com
    Sincerely
    Debi Bolocofsky

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  35. What a great idea and tutorial. Love this idea. I would love if you would link it to my Wednesday blog party. www.adornedfromabove.com
    Sincerely
    Debi Bolocofsky

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  36. Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional link party. You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/06/tuesday-confessional-features.html
    I've also pinned this to my Tuesday Confessional board on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/craftyconfessor/tuesday-confessional-features
    ~Macy

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  37. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/06/your-whims-wednesday-62-and-features.html

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  38. I saw this when you did it on Clothed Much. I've been wanting to make one! It makes shopping so much easier knowing that you don't have to worry if a skirt is just an inch or two too short

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  39. wow good product to keep at home!!!

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  40. You know what? I never thought of having a skirt which the slip shows. When I was growing up, women would just die if they showed their slip. I find that it looks pretty, and it looked really well with the skirt. If I get a short skirt that I like, then I can make it work with a project like this. I might wind up sewing it, just as reinforcement, but I see that it isn't necessary. Thanks for this.

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  41. What kind of slip would you say works best? Just a cheap-o one or should I go higher quality?

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    1. I used a cheap-o one and it works just fine :)

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  42. nice. I have a couple of skirts that I wish were a little bit longer and this would be perfect

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  43. What kind of fabric would you recommend for the trim if the dress is lace? Or would it still look good with a lace trim?

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    1. If you could find a lace that matched I think it would look fine. Otherwise, i would probably do a satin trim. It's hard to say without seeing the dress, but I'm sure whatever you chose it would look great :)

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  44. Thanks for sharing,your slip is very lovely.

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  45. Hi! This is so great. I was going to buy an extender slip, but I think I'll try making my own first. I don't know how to sew, so I was super happy to find your tutorial! Where do I find lace trim like you used?

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Thank you! You should be able to find lace trim at a craft or fabric store, like Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabrics :)

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  46. Wow! This is great not only as a skirt or dress extender but as an actual slip extender when one can't find the correct slip length for a longer dress or skirt.lov it! Thnks!

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