But enough about my deep seated traumas about 80's fashion. Nettie is a modern take on the bodysuit designed by Heather over at Closet Case Files. And you know that girls named Heather won't steer you wrong fashion wise. We might band together to kill people, but we'll make sure you look good first. (Wait did the Heathers get killed in "Heathers"? That's bogus.)
first Nettie was made during a time crunch, so it had no fitting alterations other than combining the 10/12 sizes. The turquoise version is a good wearable muslin, but I wanted to have another go at the pattern before reviewing it on the blog. It also seemed sensible to put some thought into how I would wear a bodysuit in a "causal" outfit. To be honest I'd never thought about wearing a bodysuit again. My torso is very short and with a low set bust I literally have 3" between my bust and natural waist. My natural inclination is to hide that fact with long shirts that visually lengthen the area.
The stash was consulted for inspiration and it did not disappoint. This rayon parrot print almost flew at me and squawked, "Sew me into a gathered skirt! That will look great with a bodysuit" But parrots, I replied, I don't really like gathered skirts. The parrots gave me the evil bird eye** and said, "Oh yeah? Why do you like that Anna/Emery dress so much then, you punk?" Crap, the parrots did have a point and they looked like they might get ill tempered if crossed. I took their advice/orders, attaching the Emery Skirt to a self drafted curved waistband to make a light swooshy skirt
Nettie Bodysuit from Closet Case Files with enough of the Kitschy Lady skater bodice grafted on to mention it.
Lillestoff cotton jersey. You can get a 10/12 sized combo out of a yard of Lillestoff and still have enough over to color block a T-shirt for your son. You know, if you feel any guilt about stealing fabric earmarked for him.
My biggest fitting problem with Nettie was that the upper back width was much too narrow for my figure. I felt constricted when moving my arms forward and the shoulder seams would pop up off my shoulders in an odd manner. There were two ways a girl could go about fixing this. Slash and spread, then make up a few muslins to check fit or use a pattern I knew fit me and trace off the shoulder/armhole position. I went the easy route and pulled out the Lady Skater to trace off the back dimensions.
1. Lining up the shoulder seams I traced the shoulder/armhole/side seam area of the Lady onto Nettie. This gave me 4 extra inches across the upper back. Awesome, that should be enough room for the sweet dowager hump I'm working on.
2. However, the change to the back meant that the front now had to be modified to get the shoulder seams to match. I went the easy way and traced the lady skater front into Nettie. This gives about 2" more width across the upper part of the bodice.
3. Then to complete my cycle of lazy fitting, I changed the neckline to the Lady Skater neckline and used the LS sleeve.
5. The crotch length was reduced by 1" because it was a little long on me.
1 - The directions are really well done, but I've been full of the "sewing dumb" lately. One of the crotch pieces/snaps got sewn to the wrong side of the garment before I noticed.
2. Guess who's still in denial about needing a sway back adjustment for all garments? This girl. Next version will get one.
3. I'm pretty pleased with this version but would like to tweak the pattern a bit more. Next version I'm going to lower the neckline back to it's original position and try the Nettie sleeve in the narrowed lady skater armhole.
4. Bonus skirt confession - I really hate cutting and sewing rayon wovens. But wearing them is makes you forget all that just like childbirth.
"You look puuuuurty." Then later the same day he said, "What do you wear that bodysuit thing with?" Ummmmm with a skirt.....like I was wearing a few hours ago. He was distracted by the color red. It happens.
Oh man, is this outfit comfortable. I was really sad when the bodysuit had to be taken off to get some detail shots and, confession, finish sewing on the snaps. Comfy and cute......I need 4 more. Can I get a summer wardrobe staple alert. "BEEP BEEEP!"
Bluehourdesigns on Etsy. I picked them up last month with some birthday money and couldn't be happier.
*The "Fame" theme song still makes me want to enroll in ballet classes immediately. Too bad I'm horribly uncoordinated.
** I'm sure not all pet parrots are evil spawns of satan. However every one I've met tried to take a chunk out of me for having the gull to enter their human's house.