Heather’s latest, super informative post, jarred my memory. I have been so busy working and having fun, I nearly forgot to tell you about the remaining Netties!
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!!
They’re starting to crop up around the web. LOOK at this super sexiness that Ebony, made! Oh, to look so good in a hat! And, Lindsay in a Nettie dress! Wowza!