Hi there, I’m Jana! I’m new around here, but what better time to join The Monthly Stitch than for a contest? (:
I’ve wanted to participate in several of the challenges so far, but I just really suck at sewing to a deadline, so things never worked out before. I managed this time, however, so let me present to you … my entry for the New-to-Me Challenge!
- Indie Pattern(s) used: the Closet Case Patterns Nettie Bodysuit
- Fabric & Notions: I used a black and almost-white tribal print knit fabric I got from Marina in the Stash Diet Swap. She said it was a cotton knit, but it definitely contains at least some elastane. I used scraps of purple cotton for the “snap crotch lining” pieces, and three small black sew-on snaps.
- Did you make any pattern alterations or design changes? I graded from a size 4 for the shoulders and bust to a size 8 at the hips. I should have made the shoulders wider, and a size 6 would probably have been enough for my hips. I’ll have to play with the sizing some more on my next version. Other than the grading, I didn’t change anything.
The Nettie bodysuit pattern is a very strange thing. I don’t remember when I last wore a bodysuit and I haven’t felt a desire to wear one in a long time either. I don’t usually wear clothes that are as close-fitting as this. I don’t usually wear scoop necks. And yet, when I first saw the Nettie bodysuit, I immediately wanted the pattern—and with every version that popped up in my feed reader, I just wanted it even more. So I finally went for it! And made it with a scoop neck, of course. I’m already making a close-fitting bodysuit, which I didn’t expect to want in the first place, so why not go for full-on alien-to-me? (:
The Nettie pattern comes with a lot of options: two different front necklines, three different back necklines, three different sleeve lengths, optional crotch snaps, an optional shelf bra, and a dress variation. For my first attempt, I chose the scoop neck, high back, short sleeves and crotch snaps. I found the instructions very clear and easy to follow—but if you want any more detail than they provide, Heather also just did a great sewalong for the pattern.
I tried to match the pattern at the side seams, which turned out pretty well, and I “fussy-cut” the neck binding so that it shows my favourite part of the tribal pattern. I also cut the sleeves so they have the same part of the pattern around the hems.
As I said, I never expected to want a garment like this. I never thought I could wear a fabric like this. The fit isn’t quite perfect yet. And still … I love the result! I feel fabulous in it! Heather must be some kind of evil genius or magician or something like that, to come up with patterns like this. From reading a million sewing blogs, I know that pretty much every lady who has made her Bombshell Swimsuit feels awesome in it, and the same seems to be true of the Nettie. It is for me, in any case—so I would definitely recommend the pattern to anyone else who wants to feel unexpectedly fabulous! (:
To be honest, I am not really sure how to style my bodysuit yet, since I don’t own anything like it and haven’t had much time to think about it—but I’ve already had some fun choosing what to wear with it for my photo shoot. I have an almost-finished skirt that I think would go really well with it as well. Too bad I didn’t manage to finish it on time for this contest!
For my next Nettie, I already have a really fun idea. I want to make a crazy Franken-Nettie—and if I manage on time, you guys will definitely get to see that one for the Franken-Indie contest! (;
I cropped my photos quite a bit for this post so that they would still show enough detail at the small size required by The Monthly Stitch. If you want to see larger versions of these photos and/or some additional photos of two more outfits, you can check out my blog post for the Nettie!