Sorta Fall Sewing with Nettie

10.09.2014

Back in June I mentioned that Nettie was going to become a wardrobe staple. Boy did it ever! If I was the sort of person that took stats of daily wear and created a pie chart, then it might look something like this.*
* All data has been made up. Also goal for next summer - more lobsters.

I probably wear a Nettie about 4 times a week, which is why they got added to the Fall Essentials Sewing plan. Yeah baby, I'm gonna milk this cow until she runs dry. Or until I'm freezing and nothing but wrapping myself in yards of wool will do. Wool mummy, grrrr!

Despite the rampant germ sharing in the house, and I was able to bang out a Fall-ish version out of some stashed soy/cotton jersey. Here it is paired with an Odette skirt and a snazzy peach brooch from Luxulite.
If you want more info about the skirt, click on through to the Bluegingerdoll blog where I talk about waistband options.  Over here it's all about the Nettie.  Now I call this version Fall-ish because I went for the medium scoop back. Not exactly cold weather wear, but my husband was thrilled.
I like this view a lot too, it's sexy without being overly so.  No one is going to point and gasp, "My Stars!" at your exposed scapula.  At least they won't until I made it "a thing."

Just like in my Nettie/Flora dress combo I didn't make any changes to the body of the Nettie pattern. Thanks to the lower back scoop a width adjustment isn't necessary.  I did add a 1/2" extra width through the entire sleeve by splitting it down the center and adding there.  The width change is small enough that the sleeve sets in the armhole without any trouble.
I do have some trouble with the shoulder area of the top wanting to slip off  my shoulders. This isn't present in my dress version, so it surprised me a bit.  Guessing that the weight of the skirt pulling down keeps the shoulder area in place on the dress.  This soy/cotton jersey is also a bit softer, making it sag more than the polyester jersey of the "Nora dress." That's OK. I make sure to wear a nude bra and adjust the shoulders from time to time. Maybe I'll go back in and add some bra keepers if the mood strikes me.  Odds are that I'll be covering up the shoulder area with a cardigan soon enough anyway. Till then hijinks at the local law offices....hmmm that sounds like a fun Nancy Drew story.

22 comments:

  1. That pie chart made my week, my Nettie warrior!

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  2. Another awesome outfit! You have me on high alert for kitschy cool brooches!

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  3. Ooh, scapula! You look very chic with a good dose of personality! Love this outfit!

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  4. love the pie chart! you are just on fire with all the netties... looks great on you!

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  5. Gah! I love this combo! You look great! If that's how pie charts work, why have I been avoiding them? ;)

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  6. What a great colour! To me it is a little wide on the shoulders which would be causing them to fall down. From the back, there is a quite a bit of extra fabric at the shoulders. Just my opinion, not a criticism :)

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  7. Who doesn't love a good pie chart? Especially ones with loosely falsified data! As always your Nettie skirt combo looks awesome! Great fall colours too!

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  8. High-five! Nettie really did "complete me" this summer. Thanks so much for the pattern. :)

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  9. Yes!!! I'm sure your awesome thrift shops have to have some kitschy brooches.

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  10. I'm shocked by the low lobster quotient! But keep on, I know you will return to the tank soon!

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  11. The key to a good pie chart is making data up and giving it amusing names. Haa haa!

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  12. LOL, Falsified data is pure comedy. ;) Thanks a bunch Heather

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  13. Thanks so much.

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  14. My stars, look at all the scapula she's flashing! LOL. Thanks Vicki Kate.

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  15. Thanks Lisa, I can't seem to quit them that's for sure.

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  16. I need to up my lobster game next summer. Fredrick demands it.

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  17. All of your Netties are awesome. I love the last pictures so very much!

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  18. I've just downloaded the Nettie pattern. I think it could be a wardrobe winner. Love your green knit.

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  19. Hee hee! Try to throw in a silly picture if I got one. :)

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  20. Hope you enjoy sewing some Nettie's Gail. I think the only time consuming part is putting the snaps on.

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  21. Awesome pie chart. I love my Netties too. The fact that I don't have to pull down my shirt from underneath my skirt is awesome. It looks so strange when you need to do this types of thing in a train station.
    That colour of your Nettie is beautiful on you!

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  22. Thanks Hanne. You have me giggling thinking about trying to adjust clothing at train stations. I remember those days!

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