A word about foundation garments

I’ve been saying for weeks that skirts are the new scarves. Ever since Christie set me on the road to perdition with those breathtaking crocheted babies, all I can think about are home furnishings and garments without sleeves.

Interestingly, some of the major yarn companies have started spitting out patterns for down-under knits: To wit Classic Elite, Louet, Berroco, Loop-D-Loop by Teva Durham and GGH/Muench. And this doesn’t even begin to account for some great books featuring skirts on the cover—Romantic Hand Knits, Folk Style and the upcoming Handknit Skirts.

It’s a common misperception that knit skirts aren’t flattering. I have it on good authority that handknit skirts look great on a range of bodies. Think about it. If a sweater can hide myriad flaws up top, why wouldn’t a great fitting knit also do so below the waist?

The problem with knit skirts is that a lose weave allows light to shine through. And I’m of an age where I still remember my mother saying, “Young lady, put on a slip. I can see all the way to China.”

I don’t want anyone seeing my “China.” But try locating a half slip these days. They almost don’t exist. I special ordered one from my LLS (local lingerie store) and understand that Peruvian Connection has a simple little silk number. Spanx has a pricy body shaping one and here are some less expensive options online. But isn’t it weird that you have to stalk slips? Is society so open that we don’t care about where the sun does and does not shine? 

Anyway, I’ve got my slip and I’ve adored wearing Violet Beauregard. It moves like a flamenco dancer and elicits gasps of envy from women of style. Butterfly mercerized cotton, people—about $10 for 250 yds.

Comments (5) -

August 17. 2007 04:59


Ann McCauley (The Pleasures of Knitting) has some WONDERFUL skirts that she's designed. She has another book coming from Martingale in the foreseeable future. I hope some of the skirts I saw will be in it.

I was even tempted by her skirts, and believe me I'm about the last knitter likely to be tempted into making such a thing. It's not like I wear them often. . . .

I like them, but I never know what the day will require me to move, repair, or haul, so I need to Dress Prepared. Which means clothes that can handle warehouse tasks, tech support, or whatever.

BUT the point of this IS: Ann has designed some wearable delights in the skirt department.

Deborah Robson |

August 17. 2007 06:12


I love this post!  Not only because my vanity says it's good but because I can't find a slip to wear with either of my skirts!  GRRRR!  I have a full slip...but finding a 1/2 slip?  I might as well just search for the Holy Grail!

And on a total side note...I was im-ing my sister about new patterns and I was just saying how much I love those GGH green hot pants.  And I swear to god, as soon as I get that Fall Rebecca, I'm making that crazy bobble shoulder sweater.  It's so ON!

Christie |

August 17. 2007 12:28


I actually buy all my slips at Sears or at thrift stores. They outlast most people and you'd be amazed the number of them that come in.

Lissa |

August 17. 2007 14:33


The Vermont Country Store has a fairly good selection of slips in a wide range of sizes in both nylon & cotton.  Whenever I think of something that used to be commonly available when I was young that no longer is, I check them out.  I just got a catalog from them yesterday & they have a wide selection of nice cotton nightgowns which I find tempting.

mwknitter |

August 22. 2007 00:51


There is a (misguided, I think) belief among some in the fashion industry (at least the arm that writes "advice" columns in women's mags) that slips are "granny."

And, apparently, "granny" is to be avoided at all costs.

Sigh. There are some skirts - even beyond the concept of "seeing to China"  - that HANG BETTER with a slip under them.

I'm lucky - my mom's a great seamstress and she's made slips for me (and drafted a pattern so I can make my own). But Deva Lifewear has them, too. (They're pricey, but they're cotton and well-made and I think they are made here in the U.S. by a company that pays fair wages to its workers...)

I just hope the brassiere is not the next thing that becomes scarce in the name of fashion. 'Cos some of us just NEED them, no matter what anyone says.

fillyjonk |

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