And you need to know about them because making them taught me something pretty crucial about the pattern that Heather touches on in that post.
When you make this marvelous, high back version, you might want to go up a size. OR, alternatively, use a fabric with even more stretch. These are both made form Girl Charlee fabric: Ivory and Black and White. When I finished the B&W version, I was flummoxed by the fit. It was tight, tighter than I was anticipating based on the fit of the first two.
After puzzling it out in my head a bit. I jumped on the CG site to check the percentage of stretch on all of my fabrics. I thought that might explain it and contacted Heather Lou. After we chatted a bit, I had a sudden realization: that high back made a difference.
The mid back fit, in addition to added sexiness, allows for a ton of ease at the front. When you fill in that space, your fabric has to stretch in a different way. I cut my last three Netties out at the same time, so the ivory version was already cut the same size and style as the B&W one.
BUT, here’s where the stretch factor shows itself. The ivory version is not as tight as the b&w one.
Look at the stats of both.
Black & White:
Content: 98% Modal Cotton/2% Spandex
Weight: 9 oz Medium Weight
Stretch: 55%, 20%
Content: 90% Cotton/10% Spandex
Weight: 12 oz Medium Weight
Stretch: 60%, 40%
Tons of differing variables, there. I think that the difference is visible, too. There are no wrinkles in the printed one, while in the solid you can see a little scrunching at the sides of the bodice.
It’s important to note that the fit lengthwise was not affected, at all. I was as comfy in one as the other. And the tighter one started to loosen up after taking it off and one while sewing and photographing each one. So, ultimately, your different fabrics might all feel the same after wear.
That, my friends, concludes the tour of my first four Netties!!
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I can’t wait to see what everyone makes! I have a couple more inspiration posts, planned. Look for more Indie Love mash ups, including more freebies and tutorials!
I’m going to continue to bask in the afterglow of a stupendously awesome day (at work, where a project I worked REALLY hard on went so, SO well), an awesome time at drinks afterwards and then the grande finale at Jen’s superb party (where I got squeeze all of my NYC best girls and met some for the first time!)!!
It was a day that won’t be topped for a long while!!
I took a stroll around my Pinterest boards to mix and match indie pattern silhouettes. These were all already on my boards and now I’m this much closer to making some of these looks happen!!
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This Nettie is made with local fabric from that stretch Mecca (well, one of them anyway), Spandex House. I bought it the same time as my Lupita Blue dress fabric and this leopard print and this groovy one here. I’ve got a good track record with that haul!
I used the mid length sleeve option (says Captain Obvious) and the scoop front and mid back. This, my second Nettie, is made up in a straight size 8.
Much better fit. No sheer effect across the bust. Though, this fabric is quite substantial (I’m seriously thinking of making another one with short sleeves and some leggings out of it) while still providing lots of stretch. That Spandex House is an amazing place.
We’ve already seen Nettie with my favorite skirt and dark denim jeans.
She also friendly with 1960s style shorts.
I’m not sure I have the stones to rock two such fitted pieces, together, out in the wide world….Maybe with a chic, drape-y caftan over it? We’ll see.
OOOOH, maybe a sleeveless Victoria like Heather’s!!
I can’t wait until you see all of my mixes and matches using the Sewing Indie designers’ patterns!
I’ll show you some in tomorrow’s post!
This is the first Nettie.
Or L’éléphant Nettie!
The fabric is from Girl Charlee. I had just stumbled across Hey Fran Hey and was deep in her bohemian vibe when I chose it. This one is Heather’s fave. I agree that the elephants are both cool and a bit sexy!
This one is a blend of sizes 6 and 8. Six at the top, 8 at the hip and bottom. As you can see, the fabric went a little sheer across the the bust. Cutting a straight size 8 would have been a better choice.
This version includes: scoop front, mid back and short sleeves.
I usually deviate from pattern instructions, but when testing you have to do what it says. Therefore, this is the first time I have actually stabilized my shoulder seams. I will be doing it from now on! It made such a difference, especially with the front and back scooping low.
I also put this together completely on my sewing machine. I love the look of nice, clean serged seams. But, sometimes, that adds bulk and makes the seams wavy. I went against instinct and it totally paid off.
I love it with jeans (they’re from Old Navy, in case you’re wondering)!! And my favorite, handmade skirt!!
A total aside: I’ve been taking adult ballet classes. I’ve never felt so graceful in my life (even if I probably look like Lois when she took dance classes in that episode of Malcolm in the Middle). Highly recommend crossing that off your list if it has been a goal of yours!
I’m so anxious to see more Netties around the sewing blogisphere! Just look at Carolyn’s versions! Modeled in her totally babetastic Aussie way!
Start browsing for your perfect fabric!
I’m posting a Nettie giveaway on, Friday!
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!!
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!