Alternative title: Nettie – A Love Story
This gorgeousness is my super awesome, babetastic, brilliant mate Heather Lou‘s newest labor of indie sewing pattern LOVE!!
Which she named after yours truly!
She has a post full of the sweetest things ever said about me (that my hubby and kids didn’t say, anyway) and I only have the tenderest of feelings about her. This part of her post resonates the most with me:
“I am so grateful to be a part of this inspiring, generous and creative community. Me? Wings. You? Wind.”
I’m continually amazed by how much my sewing friends mean to me. I will always choose their company over others because we can talk about anything PLUS sewing!! That’s indispensable! The gave and take, the honest discourse about serious issues and the laughs (OH, the laughs) are more than I ever expected to get out of blogging.
I’m still gobsmacked, honored and blushing that Heather was in any way inspired by me!!
Get ready for a whole HEAP of Netties!!
These babies (shown in the order sewn) each deserve their own post!! I learned something new on each one and I can’t wait to make even more! There are so many combos included in the pattern.
And you can knock up one with the odd yard of knit in your stash.
I have SO many mods in mind (Bombshell+Nettie mash-up, cropped, a low back version, and on and on!) that I foresee a LOT of Nettie in my summer!
Stay tuned for the goods on the different fabrics I used, the (kick ASS) fit, tips and more loving on Heather!
PLUS a GIVEAWAY!!
Tissue Knit & Some Slinky Anna Sui from Mood.
Skirt as a Top Scoop Tee & DIY Kimono Tips
I need about a half dozen of each.
Cation Design’s Dolman Sleeve shirt turned dress
+ Cake Patterns Hummingbird Neckline=
My slapdash frakenpatterning resulted in some post construction fit fudging that made this very easy make a little fiddly. I’m pretty pleased with the lower back, now as it pooled like crazy when I first tried it on.
This printed cotton knit loveliness is from Spandex House. I’m wearing my new slip underneath. I’m happy to report that it works!! Absolutely NO riding up!
I had a pretty awesome day that I topped off with a bit of Garment District shopping (more black ponte, some very cool double-faced, polka dot cotton and scads and scads of lingerie elastic) but, due to overbooking (or rather, underestimating how long things I agreed to do would take) I missed a scheduled conference call.
It’s so easy to derail a good day, isn’t? Too, easy.I’m too happy with this dress to beat myself up for long. And, anyway, I’ve got kids to get to bed in a bit and some fiddly underthing sewing to keep me busy until bedtime.
In the meantime, I’ll put on the best can’t-stay-down song in the world and dance like no one is watching!
Coppélia, in cream. Mods inspired by Rachael.
Something about a the crossover effect of wrap tops and dresses has always screamed understated sexy, to me. I mean, Diane von Furstenberg has forged an empire based primarily on this silhoutte. It’s an enduring style and when you make your own you can eliminate that which can make it hard to wear.
My first version of this top was made with fabric with a little too much stretch. It could have worked if I thought to shorten the neckband, which when cut the length indicated in the pattern caused the neckline to behave oddly at the shoulders. I had already swapped out the sleeves for the well fitting ones from the BBW pattern I used here (FYI-that sleeve fabric was leftover from this top) and I shaved off several inches from the neckband in this version.
I really like this fabric. Like REALLY love it. Enough that I planned to buy more, today. But, Kashi was closed when I got there. NY seamstresses, save some for me. I need more because I feel I must have one with ties, too. I can just see the layers they’d create highlighting the waistline of a well fitted black pencil skirt (perhaps in a Beckham or Wang inspired leather version??)
This was, after all, dead easy to put together. Done completely on my serger. Applying the neckline presented a small challenge, but it was the only one. I could use a loosely fitted one for some dressed up causal styling, too.
More ballerina chic, coming up.
BBW Home Stretch Raglan (with slight Flashdance mods)
Done up in three fabrics: black and chartreuse ponte knit and cream cotton/lycra.
All from Metro Textiles in the NYC Garment District.
I’m so super pleased with this! I love the bright color, the fit and the addition of another throw-on-and-go top to my wardrobe.
I’m also really pleased that I found a use for the remainder of that cream fabric. I made another Coppelia with the rest of it. MUCH more successful than the first go. I used Rachel’s faux wrap mod. I have another, slouchier, one planned.
I hope this creative streak continues. It was nice having something new to wear! That I didn’t have to buy! My knitting continues, too. I’m onto the left front of my Hetty cardigan. I want to push through to join the body tonight.
Off to ponder to some sexy sewing!! You should SEE who’s already on board!!
Get ready to get sexy!!
For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):
After using that scrumptious plaid for my last project, The Woodland Stroll Cape, I wanted to KISS (keep it simple, Seamstress!!) the next effort. When keeping it simple, you need to start with the best quality materials. This incredibly soft, drape-y, lush crème colored wool more than answered. It’s highly textured on one side, smooth on the other and when combined with By Hand London’s Victoria Blazer pattern you have the main ingredients to create your own version of the perfect, Monroe inspired:
There will never be another Marilyn. BUT! With a few (VERY few) pattern tweaks, you (WE!) can have her vest!
It took one muslin.
(left: seam allowance turned under. right: an additional 5/8 inch turned under)
And two sets of pattern mods.
And BOOM!! Here she is!
For deets on how I did it, visit Britex!!!
PS: Thanks to hubby for these pics (more here)!!
This was the project that had all the blurry photos. The second photo shoot was a tiny bit stressful because I was WRONG about my deadline (missed it) and unsure how the second crop of pics would. If any of you have the goods, please share your tips on maintaining image resolution when resizing pics!