Closet Case Patterns: The Nettie Bodysuit

NETTIE-Closet Case Patterns

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!!

Closet Case Patterns: The Nettie Bodysuit!!
Closet Case Patterns: The Nettie Bodysuit!!

Closet Case Patterns: The Nettie Bodysuit!!

Closet Case Patterns: The Nettie Bodysuit!!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.

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And you can knock up one with the odd yard of knit in your stash.

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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!!

Lupita Blue

Lupita Blue

Cation Design’s Dolman Sleeve shirt turned dress

+ Cake Patterns Hummingbird Neckline=

Lupita Dress!!

Lupita Blue

Lupita Blue

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.

Lupita Blue

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!
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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.Lupita BlueI’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!

Ballerina Chic :: Coppélia

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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.

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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.

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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??)

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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.

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Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

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.

Winter BRIGHTS

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.

Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

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.

Winter BRIGHTS

Winter BRIGHTS

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!!

The Hollywood Vest

For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):

WOOL!!!

The Hollywood Vest
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:

Hollywood Vest!
MarilynThere will never be another Marilyn. BUT! With a few (VERY few) pattern tweaks, you (WE!) can have her vest!
The Hollywood Vest

It took one muslin.

muslins(left: seam allowance turned under. right: an additional 5/8 inch turned under)

And two sets of pattern mods.

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And BOOM!! Here she is!
The Hollywood Vest

The Hollywood Vest

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!

The Hollywood Vest

Tough as Silk

Tough as Silk

Tough, because silk is strong. Tough, because I could not have made more silly mistakes while sewing this!! And tough, because I think this delicate, floaty silk/cotton tunic looks kicking styled with dark denim and chunky boots!!

Tough as Silk

I loooooove a good tunic and this one is just about perfect!! There are days where I want to feel loose and breezy and easy and Lisette & Co.’s Late Lunch Tunic is Just. The. Thing.

Tough as Silk

This is my second time sewing with one of Liesl’s patterns and I am struck by how stupid that is! For years and years I’ve read how amazing her instructions are and how smoothly things go together and how many new techniques and tips and tricks you learn as you go. This is all true. The construction is completely different than what I was expecting, but the result is so neat and clean! I am also soooo pleased with the size I choose!! The pattern made this very easy by including a chart with both natural and dropped waist measurements.

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 9.29.59 AMBelow that, suggestions on which measurement (high or natural bust) to use based on your bust size and lastly the final garment measurements. That’s the set I used to choose a size 4.

Tough as Silk

The gathering and natural ease of the style cooled my usual will-this-fit-over-my-hips worries and having the measurement of the upper part, where I really like a tunic to fit well, made it possible to confidently cut into this (expensive for me) Mood silk/cotton. I think I did pretty well!!

Tough as Silk

I left off the buttons, though I think I need to sew on a little invisible snap (is this becoming my standard Liesl & Co adaptation?? lol) because I like it plain, but if I lean over it does give a little show. Though I machine stitched the hem, I hand sewed those on the sleeves. I didn’t like the look of the machine stitches, here.

Tough as Silk

The stripes are so teeny, I made no effort whatsoever to match them. And my issues while making it up were totally down to me. I kept catching bits in seams or running out of bobbin thread. Or veering left and right of the seam allowance. I unpicked more carefully that I EVER have I was soooo worried about tearing a hole in the fabric!

But, it was all right in the end!!!

Tough as Silk

I can see more of these in my future! Only with a much less precious fabric! Lol

You can check out the Late Lunch Tunic, with its fellow newly released buddies, over on Oliver & S!!!
And more photos of the collection here.

Snoopy Says, She Didn’t Fall for Cotton

Snoopy Fall

Please accept this cute, fall-themed, Snoopy comic in place of an actual Fall For Cotton project.

My efforts were doomed from the start. When it was all said and done, I had chosen the WRONG fabric to work with, misplaced the pattern I wanted to use, cut out a last minute project and then immediately became engrossed in a book (or two).

So, no cotton loveliness to show. Instead, I unearthed a long forgotten skirt and wore it instead.
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Be impressed by my workroom decor. We get water to drink and have the means to extinguish fire.

I approve.

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Close-up of the best shoe purchase, ever.
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I love them so much, I couldn’t stop taking pics of them.
In the subway.
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And on the street (I see you Spike Lee. And your vamp flick). I kept misreading this as Brooklyn Vampires rather than Black Vampires. My shoes go, either way ;)
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This was totally a last minute outfit, but I totally love it! So did my husband and a few random people on the street. Sometimes, the comfy fit is well…comfy, lol and garners the most comments.

Can you believe it’s October?

For me, the month will have some busy (planning for two volunteer position ramps up), some good (it’s my birth month) and some bad (my grandma fell ill on my bday and passed a week and a day later). So if I appear a bit morose, no worries. I have a super support system at home and you all, too.
I will be fine (eventually).

Drape Drape :: The Monster Cowl

Drape Drape :: The Monster Cowl

This monster cowl HAD to be photographed in front of some monster street art!!

Drape Drape :: The Monster Cowl

This is pattern no. 1 from Drape Drape Book 1 made up in some cotton knit I bought while on my last Garment District roam with both visiting and local sewcialists. It’s pretty light weight, so I didn’t serge the seams or the cowl’s interior edge. It would have been too visible from the right side (I also didn’t feel like changing the serger thread, let’s keep it real).

Drape Drape :: The Monster Cowl

I tried to reduce the bewb revealing depth of the cowl by removing some width from the center of the front (1/4 inch) and back (1/2 inch) pattern pieces. I then added that width (+ a bit more based on the width of a fave top) to the side seams. This was partially successful as the front is at a totally comfortable, for me, depth. The back is still suuuuper draaaaaaped.

Check it out!!
Drape Drape :: The Monster Cowl

I also fudged the fit a bit more by increasing the seam allowance (by about one inch) when I attached the F&B at the shoulders.  It was enough for the front, but not the back. That damn bra strap refused to stay hidden. The wind was partially to blame.

 Here’s an outtake of me trying to tuck the top into it.

Drape Drape :: The Monster Cowl
And a funny one of a face I am caught making during these photo shoots ALL THE TIME.
Drape Drape :: The Monster Cowl
Which is why there are so few pictures of me facing the camera on this here blog ;)
Drape Drape :: The Monster Cowl
Know your angles, people!

I might attach some little loops to connect the shoulders to my bra straps for extra security, but as I won’t be wearing this version to work, I think it’s fine to stay,  as is. Version 2.0, which will be baby pink and paired with pencil skirts, will definitely get some. It will also be teeny bit shorter (to hit at the waistband of my bottoms) and I’m contemplating using the front pattern piece to cut the back, too.

What do you all think?